AARP Master Class with Gil Penalosa

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The Department of Commerce-Main Street Initiative, in partnership with AARP, is inviting you, as a Partner in Planning grant recipient, to an interactive and engaging Master Class with Gil Penalosa, founder of 8 80 Cities 8 80 Cities | Creating cities for all.   

Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa is passionate about creating cities for all people. He has inspired and advised decision makers in more than 350 different cities around the world. His priority now is on the post-pandemic city, equitable and sustainable, where all people can live healthier and happier regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, or socio-economic background.

His focus is on the design and use of parks, streets, sidewalks as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, taking public transit, and new uses of cars. Gil highlights the benefits to public health, the environment, mobility, economic development.

Gil is Founder and Chair of 8 80 Cities, a successful Canadian-based international non-profit organization, grounded on a simple but powerful concept which still guides much of his work: What if everything we did in our cities had to be great for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old? Surely, we would end up with fantastic cities for all!

This Placemaking Master Class, August 24-25, 2022 in Bismarck, ND are hands-on placemaking workshops for communities who have a desire to make their city a more attractive location for current and future people.   If you are considering applying for the Economic Development Administration, EDA Statewide Public Space Initiative- Placemaking (SPSI) Planning Grant this masterclass offers some great tools to help you in your placemaking project.

We are asking that you bring 2-4 people from your community to this free event.  People who benefit from this class are local leadership, city administrators, zoning board members, economic development boards and staff, auditors, and volunteers who have the vision and desire to make your community even better. 

Please fill out your information on the following link to attend the Master Class by Friday, August 5, 2022.  The class and food are completely free, and scholarships are available for travel and lodging.  

What:  Placemaking Master Class 

Who: EDA Statewide Public Space Initiative Webinar Registration 

Cost:  Free!  Scholarships for travel and lodging available by filling out the request here  Travel Scholarship Form.docx 

Where: Heritage Center, Bismarck ND  

Two-Day Session August 24-25 - Register Today!


In addition to the Master Class, AARP and ND Commerce- Main Street Initiative is hosting a free “short course” open to the public on August 24, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Please feel free to share this link with others across the state who would benefit from this unique opportunity.  It is being offered both in-person and virtual.  Please registration below by your selection.

In-person Evening Session August 24 - Register Today!

Virtual Session August 24 - Register Today!