Neighborhood Summit 2017

Neighborhood Summit
Plano has partnered with the city of Garland to host the next Neighborhood Summit. The 2017 Neighborhood Summit will allow residents to learn how community leaders are actively engaging and strengthening their communities. Make sure not to miss this event! Plano and Garland residents are encouraged to attend. The event is free; however, we ask that residents register by October 31st to help us plan accordingly. Additional information about the event is below.

Keynote Speaker:

Thor Erickson, AICP, LEED GA is Managing Director of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP.  He manages [bc]'s four offices—Dallas, Brownsville, Houston, and Washington, DC.  Thor brings to the team extensive experience in community informed design, management and operations of nonprofits and implementation of design and planning programs.

Thor’s planning career brings an international lens to domestic issues, bridging the wide divide between marginalized communities and traditional planning practices.  His work has ranged from grassroots, hands on planning initiatives with at risk youth to managing large portfolios of work for community planning organizations.

He has worked with Design Center Pittsburgh, is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Philippines 2003-2005) and with international NGOs focusing on community development, housing, and media literacy.

Thor holds a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, and Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado. He is a certified planner.

Guest Speakers:


Lizzie MacWillie is an Associate Director at  buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. Lizzie heads up People Organizing Place (POP), the participatory city shaping initiative of [bc] that positions local stakeholders as experts to proactively shape their neighborhood’s future. Lizzie has design experience managing [bc]’s multi-year creative placemaking initiative, Activating Vacancy, an initiative focused on bringing people together to share food, stories, art, experience, and histories as well as enabling neighbors to talk, to learn, and to organize. She received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and a Master of Design Studies in Art, Design and the Public Domain from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

Robbie Turner is a Senior Strategist with Nextdoor where she works with Public Agencies to roll out Nextdoor across their cities or counties.  Over the last 6 years, she has spent time working with city and county departments in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex to help them adopt Nextdoor.  Prior to working with Nextdoor, Robbie mentored Entrepreneurs who were in the early stages of starting up high tech businesses.  Before that, she was an executive at Sun Microsystems, Inc. where she held several leadership positions in Marketing, Product Management, Sales Operations and Finance in Dallas and in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Robbie has a Masters in Decision Sciences and a MBA from Georgia State University.


8:30 A.M.      Registration

9:00 A.M.      Welcome, Keynote & Recognitions

10:15 A.M.    Concurrent Sessions 1

11:25 A.M.    Concurrent Sessions 2

12:30 P.M.     Dismiss

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Join us downtown for a Pre-Summit mixer as we gear up for Neighborhood Summit the following day. Mix and mingle with fellow neighborhood leaders while enjoying appetizers. We hope to see you there!