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    October 13, 2014

    Confluence will present two sessions at the upcoming Missouri APA State Conference being held in St. Louis

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    • Confluence will present two sessions at the Missouri APA Conference on Wednesday, October 15. Together with representatives from MARC and the City of Merriam, Kansas, Chris Cline and Chris Shires will discuss corridor master planning during ‘Staying Ahead of the Curve – Corridor Master Planning in Merriam, Kansas, and Waukee, Iowa’. This presentation will review two case studies and provide an overview of the value of corridor planning and lessons learned: Shawnee Mission Parkway, City of Merriam, Kansas; and Grand Prairie Parkway, City of Waukee, Iowa.

      Terry Berkbuegler and PJ Novick will be part of a discussion on Green Infrastructure. This session will provide an overview and detailed examples of how green infrastructure and biodiversity are critical components of community and economic development. Green infrastructure will be discussed at a regional, community, and site scale including how a connected system of green infrastructure can create multiple benefits and how to plan for the integration of green infrastructure into our growing communities.

      The theme for the 2014 Missouri APA State Conference, being held Wednesday October 15 – Friday October 17, 2014, is Building Sustainable Communities. A number of factors contribute to the sustainability of a community including a variety of housing and transportation choices and goods and services available within walking distance. The goal of a sustainable community is to lower transportation costs, reduce air pollution and stormwater runoff, decrease infrastructure costs, preserve historic properties and sensitive lands, save people time in traffic, be more economically resilient and meet market demand for different types of housing at different price points.

      For more information, please visit http://www.mo-apa.org/2014-missouri-state-conference-schedule