Conference Location: 

Waco Convention Center

100 Washington Avenue

Waco, TX  76701

APA-Texas Website:

www.txplanning.org

Mobile Workshops

Don’t miss out on this year’s dynamic, planning-packed Mobile Workshops at APATX19! Participants will have the opportunity to see great planning in action while earning CMs. Even if you have already registered for the conference you can still add a Mobile Workshop to your schedule.

 

#APATX19 selected mobile workshops that have a proven track record of successful implementation. While the mobile workshops have an additional cost with registration, they are well-worth the trip! Read through the descriptions below and book your favorite workshop! But hurry... mobile workshops sell out every year! 

 

Waco is cool again! Before the Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Fixer Upper TV series aired in 2013, only 675,000 tourists visited Waco – today, the City is host to over 2.7 million. This tour will demonstrate how Chip and Joanna have been catalysts for significant growth while showcasing Waco’s long-term commitment of targeted and collaborative planning and community visioning that have made impactful development come alive within the City. Experienced tour guides will share a lively and informative narrative of the historic Downtown’s regeneration as well as the reuse of landmark buildings; popular spots on the Baylor University campus; gorgeous residential neighborhoods; a stunning overlook atop the limestone cliffs in Cameron Park; homes featured in Fixer Upper; and stories on the impact Chip and Joanna have had on the City. Participants will also enjoy brief stops at a Waco landmark for a treat and a quick shopping experience. This will be a very informative tour of not only the Chip-and-Joanna effect, but a great orientation to Waco’s neighborhoods and history!

BUS TOUR

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm

3.0 CM 

TICKET REQUIRED

MW1: THE MAGNOLIA

EXPERIENCE

Mobile Workshop Sponsored By Waco Tours

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WORKSHOP
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Smaller cities are the backbone of Texas living. Join us for a tour of Belton, home to 22,000 residents and our bigger neighbor, Temple, home to 80,500 residents. We’re looking forward to sharing our revitalization experiences thanks to the utilization of a variety of tools in the planning toolbox. Reinvestment zones, local grant programs, historic preservation tax credits, and strategic policy amendments, just to name a few, have all played a part in breathing new life into these downtowns. Through adaptive reuse of existing building stock, community-driven planning initiatives, and various public/private partnerships, both Belton and Temple have created an attractive environment for citizens and visitors alike. With all of the natural beauty found in the Central Texas area, there is a focus on the expansion of parks, hike and bike trails and outdoor activities, which creates an exceptional quality of life. Take a ride with us to the heart of it all and learn about the Small City Tools used to help shape this time of revitalization.

BUS TOUR

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 | 7:30am - 11:30am

3.0 CM 

TICKET REQUIRED

MW2: SMALL CITIES - BIG IMPACTS: BELTON & TEMPLE TOUR

$50 TICKET

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 Mobile Workshop Sponsored by Kasberg, Patrick & Associates

 

Enjoy a relaxed bike tour along the Brazos River and learn a little bit about Waco’s past, present, and future. Hear stories of the Chisholm Trail and its historic suspension bridge, and how the City Beautiful movement inspired Cameron Park. Take a selfie with eye-catching public art sculptures, pay respect to hometown war hero, Doris Miller, and visit McLane Stadium, home of Baylor Bear football. Learn about upcoming projects along the riverfront and Elm Avenue, and how the community is helping to shape the vision for inclusive and equitable development. Novice riders are welcomed for this relaxed-paced ride – e-bikes (battery assisted for easy riding) and helmets will be provided.

BIKE TOUR

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 | 8:00am - 11:30am

3.0 CM 

TICKET REQUIRED

MW3: BIKING THE BRAZOS

$50 TICKET

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Mobile Workshop Sponsored By Halff and Associates

 

 

Join local planners and architects on a 1.6-mile walking tour of Downtown Waco. From the City’s oldest buildings to its’ newer investments and the much-anticipated Promenade development--this tour will walk attendees through the synergistic forces that resulted in successful implementation of the Imagine Waco vision and some of the most groundbreaking projects for Wacoans. The panel of local experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities that have been encountered regarding new development, redevelopment and the preservation of historical assets like the Alico Building, Hippodrome Theatre, and the newly retrofitted lofts at the Historic Waco High School (to name a few). The tour will close with a glimpse into the future, describing the Promenade’s proposed designs and the development tools utilized to make this project a reality. Participants will takeaway an understanding of the planning and economic development tools utilized in recent revitalization successes, the targeted efforts that have directed change, and how immense potential is being harnessed in this unique community.

WALKING TOUR

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm

3.0 CM 

TICKET REQUIRED

MW4: GROWING UP WACO - DOWNTOWN'S PAINS/GAINS 

MOBILE
WORKSHOP
SOLD OUT

Enjoy learning of local initiatives to revitalize Waco’s historic Brook Oaks and Sanger Heights neighborhoods and improve healthy living in these inner city neighborhoods. Participants will hear about the Near Northside small area plan efforts and tour the area with local agency experts working hard to improve these great neighborhoods and the health of its citizens. Stops on the tour will include a thriving, neighborhood commercial district that is anchored by Mission Waco’s Jubilee Food Market & Urban Garden, a non-profit grocery store, various infill housing projects. These innovative projects are spearheaded by the local Grassroots Community Development Corporation, the City of Waco, and the Family Health Center which offers unique wellness programs for patients and the neighborhood. The tour will include Barron’s Branch community redevelopment partnership with the City of Waco that encourages active lifestyles and first-time homebuyers assistance, featured by Texas Affordable Housing magazine.

BUS TOUR

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 | 8:30am - 11:30am

3.0 CM 

TICKET REQUIRED

MW5: HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION

$50 TICKET

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