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Friday Forums

Friday Forums bring together local leaders, experts, and the community to talk about transportation issues facing Tacoma and our region. 

2023 Friday Forums Series

Downtown On the Go is inviting Tacomans to imagine what the future of Tacoma could be, as we dive into the rising community concerns of housing, traffic violence, and climate resilience. These forums will be available both over Zoom and in person at Metro Parks Tacoma HQ in the Board Room (4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98405).

Thank you to our partners Metro Parks Tacoma and Pierce Transit for supporting the 2023 Friday Forum series by making a hybrid format possible. The series is sponsored by Parametrix.

January 27, 2023 (noon – 1 p.m.) – Who Are We Building For?: Housing & Access in Tacoma Register Here

  • As Tacoma grows and changes, what would you like to see in the City of Destiny? Housing and transportation are deeply interconnected and our policies on both influence who can access opportunities and services. Join us for a panel exploring how Tacomans’ needs and wants both match up and differ as we dive into what a future Tacoma could look like.
  • Panelists
    • Jason Gauthier, Manager at South Sound Housing Affordability Partners
    • Brendan Nelson, Executive Director at Empowering People in Communities
    • Tyler Garretson, Commissioner on Mayor’s Youth Commission of Tacoma
    • Tanisha Jumper, Chief Communications Officer at Tacoma Public Schools (Moderator)

February 24, 2023 (noon – 1 p.m.) – When a Sidewalk Isn’t Enough: Vision Zero in Tacoma & Pierce County: Register Here

  • Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic deaths have been on a steady rise. The City of Tacoma is committed to reaching a Vision Zero goal of zero traffic deaths or serious injuries by 2035, but what does that really mean? Join us for a panel breaking down the causes of traffic violence, what is being done to stop it, and the real human impacts.
  • Panelists:
    • Carrie Wilhelme, Senior Transportation Planner at City of Tacoma
    • Dr. Anthony Chen, Director of Health at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
    • Noah Struthers, Executive Director at 2nd Cycle
    • Tanisha Jumper, Chief Communications Officer at Tacoma Public Schools (Moderator)

March 24, 2023 (noon – 1 p.m.) – More Than the Tailpipe: Climate Resilience & Mobility

  • As extreme weather events become more common in the South Sound, we’re faced with a serious question: How do we build a climate resilient Tacoma? Join us for a panel exploring the intersections of community, mobility, and climate.
  • Panelists:
    • To be announced
    • Tanisha Jumper, Chief Communications Officer at Tacoma Public Schools (Moderator)

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