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15 – Is debt a bad thing for cities?

11/30/2018
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This is the second of a short series on city growth. Are there good ways or bad ways to grow? In this episode, we're asking: What should a city's relationship with debt look like? Are there bad debts? Are there good debts for a city to take on?

Duration:01:11:26

14 – Amazon HQ2 / CA wildfires / Genuine community engagement

11/21/2018
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Today is a bit of a Thanksgiving grab-bag. Kevin and Jordan discuss what cities (of any size) can learn from the Amazon HQ2 contest about economic development, what the California wildfires should be telling cities about the implications of their development patterns, and whether “criticize then commit” is a philosophy city leaders can employ in citizen engagement.

Duration:00:59:33

13 – Is fast growth a bad thing?

11/9/2018
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This is the first of a short series on city growth. Are there good ways or bad ways to grow? In this episode, we're asking whether there is such a thing as growing too fast or too slow. Jordan speaks with Verdunity's Felix Landry about both the financial and social/cultural implications of fast growth vs. slow growth. We discuss the ways building standards can help or hurt, what it means to love a place, whether cities have knobs that can speed up growth or slow it down, whether it matters...

Duration:00:54:36

12 – What cities can learn from socially-engaged art

11/2/2018
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Jim Walker is CEO, cofounder, and lead artist at Big Car Collaborative, an Indianapolis-based art and design organization that "brings art to people and people to art, sparking creativity in lives to support communities." Jim and Jordan talk about the role of artists in making neighborhoods more loving, vibrant, and homelike—and the ways partnerships are always messy but always necessary in making good things happen.

Duration:00:51:23

11 – How might a city become fiscally sustainable?

10/25/2018
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Kevin and Jordan discuss the beginnings of a framework for getting any city in better fiscal shape – all while building trust and collaboration with residents of all neighborhoods. Buckle in! We made Kevin the mayor of a city for this episode.

Duration:01:06:22

Let's chat: Neighborhood identity and community involvement

10/24/2018
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We're trying something new here. The Verdunity office is always buzzing with good discussions about what's on our minds that week. So, instead of keeping them all to ourselves, we'll be dropping short, spur-of-the-moment conversations like this one into the feed from time to time. It might be something we've read that day, an interaction we've had with a community leader, or just something we ate (hopefully not). Today, Tim Wright (the brand-newest member of Verdunity!) and Jordan Clark chat...

Duration:00:25:50

10 – Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns

10/16/2018
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Kevin sits down with (fellow engineer) Chuck Marohn from Strong Towns to talk about recognizing our delusions, admitting failure, and embracing the "chaos" of bottom-up action at the local level.

Duration:00:51:43

09 – City planning: it takes village (Part 2)

10/8/2018
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In part two of this interview with AJ Fawver, director of planning for the City of Lubbock, Texas, Kevin and AJ talk about the world of strengths assessments and communication styles—and how they can be applied to make organizations like city government more effective and empathetic. Then Kevin asks AJ what she as a planner wants people other roles in the city to know. They run through advice and input for elected officials, city management, economic development folks, engineers, and...

Duration:00:37:18

08 – Nine lessons for building stronger communities

10/3/2018
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We thought this would be a quick chat. It wasn't that quick, but we do think it's a good start to a deeper discussion on ways cities can better serve and engage citizens – and build a more sustainable community in the process. In this episode we walk through Kevin's most recent post on the blog.

Duration:01:05:30

07 – City planning: it takes a village (Part 1)

9/28/2018
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This is the first of a two-part interview with AJ Fawver, director of planning for the City of Lubbock, Texas.

Duration:00:39:22

06 – How to start a productive conversation in your community

9/19/2018
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Kevin sits down with Tim Wright, co-founder of Re-Form Shreveport, to talk about about the conversations and actions that incrementally help make a community stronger. Tim gives insight into ways to build momentum and trust, through his roles as both a civil engineer and as a neighbor in a new city.

Duration:01:16:02

05 – Math, maps, and money: How fiscal analysis can change the conversation in communities

9/14/2018
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VERDUNITY's Felix Landry joins the show to discuss the importance of understanding the fiscal consequences of our development patterns, as well as the ways that cities can use map-based fiscal analysis to make more holistic land use decisions.

Duration:01:28:35

04 – Using the arts to connect neighbors and cultivate inclusivity

9/7/2018
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Joanna Taft of the Harrison Center discusses the role of the arts, place, and story to humanize, connect, and empower a neighborhood. We talk about how a neighborhood can change and improve in inclusive and equitable ways, and how important it is for people to feel known and loved in their community and their homes. Central to it all is being a neighbor to your neighbors. This is a jam-packed discussion you can't afford to miss!

Duration:01:16:04

03 – "No is an acceptable answer"

8/28/2018
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Many citizens think their local government has enough money to maintain its infrastructure and keep up services, because they pay taxes. The reality is most cities do not, and it can be challenging for city leadership to communicate this to citizens. Today's guests are bucking that trend of silence. We talk to three key leaders (Mayor Connie Schroeder, City Manager Lynda Humble, and Hospitality & Downtown Director Sarah O'Brien) from the City of Bastrop, TX, about what managed growth means...

Duration:00:48:58

BONUS: A student's perspective on engineering

8/24/2018
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Kevin sits down with VERDUNITY's summer intern Nadia Whitehouse for a brief chat on the ways the engineering profession is changing, and what it means to bring a resource-conscious, people-first attitude to engineering school. They also get into some of the ways Nadia sees the world differently after a few months with the VERDUNITY crew.

Duration:00:20:50

02 – Dollars and sense: the future of civil engineering

8/22/2018
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An in-depth discussion with VERDUNITY's Kevin Shepherd, P.E., on the past, present, and future of the civil engineering profession—and the lasting fiscal and social impacts their work has on communities.

Duration:00:51:17

01 – What to expect on the Go Cultivate! podcast

8/9/2018
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In the first episode of Go Cultivate!, we discuss what it means for a city to be financially resilient, resource-conscious, and people-friendly. Then, we talk about 5 key groups of community leaders. 1:03 – Why 'Go Cultivate?' And what's up with the name VERDUNITY? 5:00 – Revisiting the purpose of the podcast: "helping community leaders grow financially resilient, resource-conscious, and people-friendly cities. 5:51 – "Financially resilient" 7:00 – "Resource-conscious" 8:00 –...

Duration:00:41:53