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May 2017-Chapter News

May 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Cascade Chapter:

The Cascade Chapter is excited to announce Ashlie Denton is the 2017 PSU Cascade Chapter Scholarship Awardee.

Ashlie Denton - 2017CascadeScholWin smallMs. Denton is a PhD candidate and National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Research Education and Traineeship Fellow (IGERT) and Institute for Sustainable Solutions Fellow at Portland State University.

Her background includes AmeriCorps volunteer in New Mexico, non-profit work at the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and the Community Clinic of NW Arkansas. Through these and other experiences, she has gained insights to the impact and effects of individual engagement in peoples’ lives. This has led to a goal of providing public participation at every scale.  Academically she is pursuing interdisciplinary research with the goal to embark in a career in international environmental management.

Ms. Denton is the latest in a continuum of outstanding scholarship awardees from Portland State University. Cascade Chapter of IAP2 USA has provided $62,500.00 to date in scholarships in support of future practitioners and advancement of best practices for public engagement. The Chapter stands behind the IAP2 goal of providing community members opportunity to be a part of the decisions that affect their lives.

Welcome to IAP2 and to the Cascade Chapter Ashlie!

What’s coming next? The Cascade Chapter is convening another of its PI Network sessions on June 22. Donna Maxey, Founder and Director of RACE TALKS will present her research and writing on supporting interracial and cross-cultural communications and relationships through the development of sensitivity and understanding, and social justice activism.


The Cascade Chapter also excited to announce it has recently experience a great influx of new members! The Government Membership program has brought to them 50+ new members from Washington County government, 100+ from the City of Portland, and a large number from the regional governing body, Metro! Welcome to the Cascade Chapter!


Intermountain Chapter:

Divided DialogueThe Intermountain Chapter is excited to announce the upcoming event: “Fostering Productive Dialogue in Divided Times”. From angry town halls with legislators to vitriolic arguments via social media, it is increasingly clear that we live in divided times. Whether these divides are real or perceived, such tensions have the potential to erode our democracy, disrupt our communities, and inhibit public problem-solving at the local, regional, and federal level. Especially on environmental and natural resource issues, this sense of division is often the result of a lack of meaningful dialogue and mutual understanding. Join our expert panelists Carolyn Lukensmeyer from the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and Larry Schooler of the Conversation Corps as they explore what it may take in the way of collaborative-problem solving to bridge the divide.


Puget Sound Chapter:

PugetSoundNatDiaYOU’RE INVITED! The Puget Sound Chapter has announced that they will be hosting and facilitating a National Dialogue Event. This event is part of the IAP2 USA Grab N’ Go National Dialogue designed to answer the question: “Are we facing a P2 Crisis or Opportunity?” What do you think? What are your experiences?

This event is open to  EVERYONE! From public transportation and facilities planning, to special interests groups and community leaders, come and join the Puget Sound Chapter on June 22nd, 2017 to face this troubling question.

IAP2_June 22_EventFlyer   –   Register TODAY!

Chapter News: Intermountain

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Idaho State Representative Michele Buecler hosted an informal IAP2 social on April 2 in conjunction with an IAP2 training in Boise, Idaho. Intermountain Chapter President Andrea Gumm and chapter Treasurer Wendy Green-Lowe attended. Do you know P2 practitioners in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada or Montana? Invite them to join IAP2 USA today!

April Brown Bag – StrengthsFinder

Thursday, April 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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So often we focus on our areas of weakness in an effort to improve ourselves and move forward.  The StrengthsFinder ® program challenges that approach by teaching us to focus all our energies on our natural strengths instead.  This webinar aims to familiarize all attendees with the StrengthsFinder® program and its potential to build a company’s most powerful resource – its people.  We will discuss the research behind it, the assessment tools, and possible applications for yourself and employees you may work with in other organizations.

If you have taken the StrengthsFinder® Assessment in the past, bring your top five strengths results with you.  If not, you may want to take the assessment, though it is definitely not required to learn about the program.  Go to and select the ‘Purchase’ button in the Clifton StrengthsFinder® box.  For $9.99, you can take the assessment and receive a report of your top five.

Sydne Jacques (Jacques & Associates) will host this Brown Bag presentation on Thursday, April 23 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. MST. Login to GoToMeeting to participate.

A crepe buffet will be held prior to the Brown Bag:

UDOT Region 2

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST

2010 South 2760 West

Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

Please RSVP to Sydne Jacques at

Categories: Chapters, Intermountain

Report From IAP2 Intermountain Conference on Public Meetings

Our Intermountain Chapter recently hosted a one-day conference on public meetings. Here’s a report from Jennifer Fowler, a Project Coordinator with The Langdon Group in Salt Lake City, Utah, and one of the attendees:

IAP2 Regional Conference Wrap-up

An essential component of any industry is to learn and integrate new ways to meet client needs. Teachers receive additional training throughout their career to explore new ways to engage students. Nurses obtain certifications beyond college graduation in order to better serve their patients and provide reliable care. The public participation industry is no different.

The Langdon Group values the opportunity to send its practitioners to trainings and conferences to stay current with the evolving industry, find new ways to engage the public, and gain more experience with participation, facilitation, and mediation techniques. These opportunities often go hand-in-hand with the organizations that TLG supports.

One organization that TLG is involved in is the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). Jennifer Fowler and Andrea Gumm are currently the Utah and Idaho state representatives for the regional IAP2 chapter. Jennifer recently helped organize and attend a regional conference in St. George, Utah.

Conference Theme and Topics
The theme of the conference was “Re-Imagining the Public Meeting.” […]

Read the full post here: IAP2 Regional Conference Wrap-up

Categories: Events, Intermountain

Intermountain Chapter Conference builds on Salt Lake success

April 14, 2014 1 comment

Intermountain Chapter Conference builds on Salt Lake success

Following the success of the 2013 IAP2 North American Conference that was held last September in Salt Lake City, the Intermountain Chapter wanted to continue the momentum. On March 28, the Intermountain Chapter hosted a one day conference in St. George, Utah, for practitioners in the region to explore one fundamental technique of public participation: the public meeting.

The topic of the conference was “Re-Imagining the Public Meeting.” The Intermountain Chapter conference focused on discussing ways to get the public to engage and ways that practitioners can provide a more convenient and enriched open house experience for all stakeholders.

Three speakers were invited to present at the one day conference:

  • Jessica Pickul from JLA Public Involvement, based out of Portland, Oregon, presented information about online engagement and non-traditional participation approaches that can improve the quality of public meetings.
  • Timothy Tait from the Arizona Department of Transportation discussed leadership behaviors that improve public involvement programs.
  • Kristy Dalton shared insights on how to successfully use new technologies and social media to energize public participation.




The conference concluded with a discussion circle that allowed attendees to open up a dialogue about the difficulties, accomplishments and future of the public meeting.

The IAP2 Intermountain Chapter would like to thank the speakers and attendees for helping make the conference a success. The conference helped reiterate that the opportunity to come together and discuss public engagement continues to be a valuable experience for the practitioners in the Intermountain Chapter.


Intermountain Chapter Hosts: Re-Imagining the Public Meeting Conference

February 27, 2014 1 comment
Intermountain Chapter Hosts: 
Re-Imagining the Public Meeting Conference

Three guest speakers will share information and lead discussion about tools and techniques, leadership characteristics and use of social media for public participation. Together, we will examine how we can make public meetings more effective.

Register now at this link:


Conference Details

How can we make public meetings more effective? Join the IAP2 Intermountain Chapter on March 28 to discuss three perspectives on how we can make better use of this standard public participation tool.


  • Is the Open House Dead? – Jessica Pickul, JLA Associates, Portland, Oregon
  • Leadership Characteristics for Public Participation Programs – Timothy Tait, Arizona Department of Transportation, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Public Meeting 2.0 – Using Technology & Social Media for Engagement – Kristy Dalton,, Reno, Nevada. 


Early bird rates are available the month of February: $95 for IAP2 members; $135 for non-members

March registration: $120 for IAP2 members; $160 for non-members

Book your hotel room in February for a reduced rate: Hampton Inn, 53 North River Road, 435-652-1200

Organized carpools are being planned from Idaho Falls, Salt Lake and the Las Vegas areas. Please indicate your interest in carpooling during registration.


  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 27 6-8 pm, Hampton Inn (dinner buffet included in registration)
  • Conference: Friday, March 28, 9 am – 4 pm, Hampton Inn (continental breakfast and lunch included in registration)
  • Optional Recreation: Saturday, March 29, various locations TBA (i.e., golf, Zion National Park, Snow Canyon)

 Conference Sponsorship Opportunity

Conference Sponsorships are available to interested organizations for $250. Select to sponsor the Opening Reception or one of the guest speakers. Benefits include one free conference registration (member or non-member); inclusion of logo on sponsorship board to be displayed at the Opening Reception and Conference; and half-page of space in the conference packet in addition to specific recognition during the sponsored portion of the program. Deadline for sponsors is March 15, 2014.

Categories: Events, Intermountain

Intermountain Chapter Adds Nevada

December 16, 2013 1 comment

The Intermountain Chapter added Nevada to its geographic area this year and held a virtual “Meet and Greet” Dec. 5 to welcome Nevada members.

Using an online web conferencing system, the chapter introduced current officers, provided an overview of regular chapter activities and heard about the types of public participation work Nevada members are engaged in.

The addition of the IAP2 Nevada membership nearly doubles the Intermountain chapter membership. Intermountain also is issuing a chapter survey this month to help determine priorities and programs for 2014.

Categories: Intermountain

Intermountain Chapter Presents: Fall Evening Social, November 30

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Our Intermountain Chapter has an event planned for next week:

IAP2 Fall Evening Social
Meditrina (1394 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City)
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 for IAP2 USA members and $30 for non-members

From the invite email:

Come join us and enjoy an evening of food, fun games, fabulous prizes and great networking opportunities! Your registration cost covers all of the above, plus one drink! We look forward to seeing all of you there. If there are new people who you think might benefit from becoming members of IAP2, please forward this along to them.

Please see the flyer (PDF) for details, or register online.

Also, please note this special offer: if you renew your IAP2 USA membership at the event, your admission is free! And don’t forget our ongoing special rate of $99 for new members.

Categories: Intermountain, News

Intermountain Chapter Kicks Off Fall 2011 Brown Bag Series

August 18, 2011 1 comment

Just added this series of events at the Intermountain Chapter to our events calendar earlier today. From their blog:

With a little rejuvenation and a kick-start, the Intermountain Chapter has launched a monthly brown bag series. The event will be local to the folks in Utah, with an opportunity for the chapter members and friends in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming to dial in through a conference call.

Brown bags will be held at 12 p.m. noon on the 4th Wednesday of each month. It will be a traveling show… hosted by various chapter members and held in their offices.

Very nice! The first event will be held August 24, followed by two more on September 28 and October 26.

The best part? As Aubry Bennion, Vice President Intermountain Chapter, informed me via email, they are “happy to open it up to any and all IAP2 members + friends who are interested.”

The topics look very interesting. Please download the flyer (PDF) for more information and contact Aubry directly to RSVP.

Categories: Events, Intermountain

Training: Intermountain Chapter Offers IAP2 Certificate Program Courses

October 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Check out this upcoming training opportunity hosted by our Intermountain Chapter (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana):

  • November 1-2, 2010 — Planning for Effective Public Participation, in Salt Lake City, UT (register online)
  • November 3, 2010 — Communications for Effective Public Participation, Salt Lake City, UT (register online)

IAP2’s Planning for Effective Public Participation is a two-day course that introduces the foundations of effective public participation. Developed collaboratively with practitioners around the world, the material transcends national and cultural boundaries. Designed to be of use for even the most experienced of practitioners, the Planning for Effective Public Participation course introduces the IAP2 Core Values and Code of Ethics and the IAP2 Spectrum of Participation (PDF). Course content includes detailed examples and practical hands-on exercises so participants leave with the tools needed to build realistic public participation programs. Students leave the course with a manual to support effective application of the material for years to come.

The one-day Communications for Effective Public Participation course provides an overview of the communication skills used by public participation practitioners. The course provides an introduction to communication skills and models and focuses on how to prepare and present information as a key component of any program for of engaging communities. This course is suitable for beginning to intermediate level practitioners and those who want a review of basic communication techniques. Interactive exercises and practical tips are used to enliven the basic theory and reference materials presented throughout the day and reinforce skills that participants can put to immediate use.

Both courses will be taught by Wendy Green Lowe. Wendy served on the team of trainers who developed the Certificate Program and was licensed by IAP2 as a Master Trainer in 2004. She served on the International Board of Directors 2004-2007. Wendy lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho and has been an officer of IAP2’s Intermountain Chapter since its 1995 inception. Wendy has 25 years of experience in group process facilitation and public participation management.

She has developed and implemented public involvement plans; managed public meetings of various formats; and moderated public hearings. She is thoroughly familiar with the policy-making process and how to design a program for involving the public in that process.

Wendy achieved the status of Certified Professional Facilitator under the auspices of the International Association of Facilitators in 2006 and she is listed on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s roster of environmental facilitators.

Categories: Intermountain, Training