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As 2018 draws to a close, we’d just like to take a moment to wish you the best for the season and let you know about the exciting things carrying over into 2019! 

The IAP2 USA Skills Symposium is coming up fast. We head back to the JJ Pickle Research Campus at the University of Texas in Austin, February 25 - March 1. There’s a variety of one-, two- and three-day courses, covering a range of challenges and opportunities in the P2 profession. It all happens in a collegial atmosphere of other P2 practitioners, and those who came to the 2018 Symposium say they would recommend it to their colleagues! 

IAP2 USA Professional Certification

IAP2 USA is excited to announce that two more public participation practitioners have earned the distinguished title of Certified Public Participation Professional!

Tina GeiselbrechtTina Geiselbrecht and Cassandra Hemphill passed the Certification Assessment this month in Calgary. Tina is a Research Scientist with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), leading the Planning and Engagement program at TTI, focusing on innovation in the public involvement process. She’s been a member of IAP2 USA since 2012. Learn More

Cassie HemphillCassie has 30 years’ experience in participatory decision-making, professional and technical communication, and adult learning. She has managed multi-million dollar commercial proposals, served as managing editor for scientific and engineering publications, and facilitated numerous organizational change and performance improvement processes. Her doctoral research focused on an innovative procurement policy that required federal agency collaboration with historically oppositional publics. Her masters research identified how agencies can better incorporate public comment. Learn More

IAP2 USA Ambassador ProgramIAP2 USA’s pilot ambassadors have accomplished some outstanding work in support of P2 over the past few months. There are 17 ambassadors and together they’ve started, or are in the process of starting, emerging chapters in Orange County, California, Washington D.C., and Omaha, Nebraska. They are presenting to public policy, public affairs and planning classes at universities in California, Indiana, and Nebraska. They are doing fun and engaging promotions to teach about and highlight the Spectrum of Participation. They are working with city managers, water managers, young planners, government and elected leaders, engineers, and tribes on projects that range from municipal waste to massive bridge infrastructure replacement. They’ve even had time to host a National Dialogue, attend conferences, and recruit new board members. When remarking about how much they have done one of them quipped “the challenge is having only 24 hours in a day.”

Give a shout out and a thanks to the ambassadors if you see them. IAP2 USA is proud of the work they are doing and the difference they are making in communities across the country!

Check out our website to learn more about our amazing ambassadors!

We get out of the gate quickly in 2019 with our first Learning Webinar. On Tuesday, January 8, at 11am Pacific time (2pm Eastern), we present “Diversity and Inclusion in P2”, with the 2018 Core Values Award winners from the USA and Canada. TriMet, the public transportation authority in the Portland, Oregon, region, engaged people from multiple ethnicities and cultures when expanding its transit infrastructure. Modus Design, Planning and Engagement and the City of Surrey worked together on the Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategy. How did they do it? What can you apply to your projects? Come and learn!

On Friday, January 25, also at 11am PST (2pm EST), Stephani Roy McCallum presents the next in our Taster pilot series, "‘Why Are These People Yelling At Me?’ -- Understanding Opposition and Outrage in P2”. This member-exclusive benefit lets you “test drive” the course and the trainer, AND you get two or three tools or techniques that you can apply right away to your own work. How effective are the tasters? Everyone who responded to the exit surveys following the first two tasters told us they would take the longer course. 

Dancing PresentsWhat’s in store for 2019? Lots -- and to help you plan in advance, we’re providing a one-page Year-at-a-Glance that you can keep for easy reference. It has links to the events and other information, and with so many exciting things coming up, we wouldn’t want you to miss anything!

As 2018 draws to a close, the IAP2 USA office will be closed as of December 17 and will re-open January 2. We will only be responding to urgent emails.

To all our IAP2 USA family, we wish a happy and safe holiday season and all the very best for 2019!


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