Thomas Presents at American Planning Association Conference in Minnesota
KLJ’s Brenda Thomas will present at the annual American Planning Association (APA) Minnesota conference this week in Breezy Point, MN. This year’s event places a strong emphasis on the importance of connection. Planners take on the role of ensuring that cities, small towns, and rural areas are postured for growth and economic success while simultaneously helping the public understand how infrastructure helps communities thrive.
Thomas’ presentation topic is “Engaging Diverse Communities in Planning Initiatives.” With her wealth of experience, she knows first-hand how critical effective engagement is to project success. Before joining KLJ, Thomas applied her background in public relations to transportation strategy development, non-profit marketing and collaboration, and legislative advocacy for transportation-related issues. She also serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Public Involvement Committee. Throughout her career, she has applied her strengths to enhancing agency and public engagement and outreach to promote transparency and relationship building within communities. During her presentation, Thomas will provide some specific examples of how effective engagement has bolstered project success for rural, suburban, and urban projects.