Past Lunch & Learn Seminars/ Webinars

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Knowledge at Noon event

“The Planning Process as an Economic Development Tool”

In this session, learn how using the land range planning and development review process can entice projects and advance your vision.

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Approved for 1 CM credit


Wednesday, January 27,2021 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Diversity and Equity Lunch and Learn event

“BIPOC and LGBTQ Newly Elected Officials Panel”

A panel conversation featuring four newly elected BIPOC and LGBTQ officials.  Learn about what inspired them to run, what they want to accomplish in their communities and how their experience will inform the work that they’ll do in office.

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Approved for 1 CM credit

Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central Time

“APA MN Lunch & Learn: Public Engagement Trends”

The Diversity and Equity and Women in Planning Committee welcomes the third installment of exploring planning for women in light of the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on public engagement. In March, we tackled impacts to women in the workplace; at the APA MN Conference, we hosted Dr. Leslie Kern who unpacked care infrastructure and design of public spaces with a feminist lens. For this session, we will continue the conversation with panelists discussing engagement trends, case studies, and strategies during this sea change in our world. This discussion will also include personal stories from the panelists navigating changing engagement processes as practitioners and women. A participant Q&A will follow.


Haila Maize, AICP (Principal Planner, Bolton & Menk)

Sam O’Connell, AICP (Assistant Director of Community Relations, Metro Transit)

Lyssa Washington, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, LEED-AP (Project Manager, 4RM+ULA)

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Approved for 1 CM credit

Thursday, November 4, ,2021
 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central Time

Equity Planning Lunchtime Series

“APA MN- From Concentrated Poverty to Equity Considerations: New Data Resources for Exploring Communities”

Following an 18-month engagement project, 'Rethinking Areas of Concentrated Poverty', Community Development researchers at the Metropolitan Council published new research tools in support of advancing equity in the Twin Cities region. "Equity Considerations for Place-Based Advocacy and Decisions in the Twin Cities Region" compiles data from 30+ sources into 300 variables of both people- and place-based characteristics useful for generating a more holistic portrait of neighborhoods and their residents than a poverty focus allows. 

This session will describe the arc of developing this new resource, discuss its contents, and provide examples of how to explore and incorporate data into planning and policy work.


Matt Schroeder, Principal Researcher, Metropolitan Council Community Development Research Team

Krysten Ryba-Tures, Senior Researcher, Metropolitan Council Community Development Research Team

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Approved for 1 CM credit