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Ysela Llort Named CUTR Advisory Board Chair

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Renaissance is pleased to announce that the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) has appointed Principal Ysela Llort as the CUTR Advisory Board Chair. Ysela can be found in our Miami office, bringing over 30 years of experience with transit agencies and departments of transportation.

"I get energized from collaborating with people to find practical solutions to the complex problems that enable such places to be," says Ysela.

Prior to Renaissance, Ysela directed all aspects of planning, construction and operations of Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), the 15th largest system in the United States and the largest in Florida. Ysela has been recognized by the National Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and serves on the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

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Renaissance Represents at National Planning Conference 2019

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Renaissance Represents at National Planning Conference 2019

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Project Manager Caroline Dwyer, AICP, of Durham, NC, represented Renaissance at the American Planning Association’s 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco.

Caroline presented as part of the "Investing in Health, Revitalizing Rural Communities" session at the conference, and helped organize the Women & Planning Division’s annual reception, of which Renaissance was a sponsor.

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Caroline serves on the APA Women & Planning Division’s Executive Committee as the Director of Communications, and serves on the City of Durham Public Art Committee. Her professional motivation is developing public engagement and outreach techniques that encourage and support participation from un/underrepresented community residents and stakeholders.

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Renaissance Founder Talks SMART Transit on Podcast

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Renaissance Founder Talks SMART Transit on Podcast

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Renaissance’s Founding Principal Chris Sinclair joined Jeffrey Wood of The Overhead Wire and Alice Bravo of Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works to talk technology, transit-oriented development (TOD), and multimodal solutions on the podcast. Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast "Episode 228: Underinfrastructurized" was recorded live from the 6th Annual Safe Streets Summit stage in Miami.

With over 37 years of experience managing a variety of land and transportation planning projects, Chris founded Renaissance in 1999 and has served as the firm’s visionary leader since its inception. He has brought a focus on integrated land use and transportation planning to a variety of planning projects, including Federal research and training, Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Long Range Transportation Plans, master plans, and local comprehensive plans, impact fees and fiscal impact studies. He is well versed in a wide range of planning tools and methods, including land use models, travel demand models, traffic operations software and fiscal impact models. Chris has helped develop unique integrated planning tools, including the multimodal accessibility (MMA) technique and the CorPlan integrated planning model.

Chris is Chairman of the Board and Practice Development Director for Renaissance, with a focus is on multimodal metrics and modeling and transit oriented development (TOD) planning and design. In addition to his work for Renaissance, Chris has taught masters level courses at the University of Virginia, the University of Florida and Rollins College.

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What do Major the Bull and Cinnamon Buns Have in Common?

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What do Major the Bull and Cinnamon Buns Have in Common?

I recently attended the Piedmont Triad Tomorrow Summit, an event in Winston-Salem bringing together local and regional planners from a 12-county area in central North Carolina. Featuring a wide array of topics - and lots of advice for sparking economic growth - the summit was an opportunity for planners to meet, mingle, and learn. The event was sponsored by the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC), one of North Carolina’s 16 regional councils, and structured to help the council’s member governments confront economic development challenges and get tips on kick-starting and strengthening their local economies.

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Designing Main Street with Durham Public School Students

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Designing Main Street with Durham Public School Students

An important part of a planner’s job is engaging all members of the community in the planning decisions that affect them. However, the ultimate beneficiaries of these decisions, the youth of our community, are often not involved in these discussions. Thus, I was honored by the opportunity to participate in Student U Durham’s annual Career Day for Summer Academy students, rising 6th through rising 10th grade Durham Public School students. Student U Durham is a college access organization for Durham Public School students, committed to the vision that all students are destined to succeed.

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