Engaging Communities in Project Development: Addressing Opposition and Amplifying Support

This highly interactive seminar has been designed by and for seasoned developers of U.S. wind farms, and is also applicable to those newer to the field who can gain from their experience. It will feature some of the latest research about the practices that yield successful wind and transmission projects. Small groupdiscussions and a competitive exercise will enable attendees to connect and learn from one another.  

LIMITED SEATING: This opportunity is limited to the first 50 registrants, to allow for a small-group experience and interaction.

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
$99 Members | $149 Non-Members

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12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Welcome and Create Small Groups

Harley McDonald, Lead/Senior Business Developer, Iberdrola
John Davies, CEO & Chairman, Davies Public Affairs

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

What Works, What Doesn’t with Local Governments

  • Small groups work on game plans
  • Report back to larger group on what attendees have found to work, and what doesn’t

1:30 PM  - 2:15 PM

Co-Chairs’ Presentations:

  • Harley McDonald presents latest statistical evidence for what actually works and what doesn’t in public outreach
  • John Davies shares lessons he has applied from election campaigns to identify supporters, motivate them

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Introduction to Role Play Problem Solving:

Art Sasse, Director, Communications & Brand, Iberdrola Renewables, introduces community engagement exercise

2:30 PM - 3:40 PM

Competitive Community Engagement Exercise

Small groups develop, plan and present responses to challenges and critical questions, including: best practices at public hearings, good neighbor agreements, and addressing outside sources of opposition

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Networking Break and Scoring

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Engagement Exercise Results

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Review of Lessons Learned

  • Mary Kate Francis, Director of Community Engagement, AWEA shares resources the association offers to help facilitate successful projects
  • Attendees create wish list for new tools and ongoing education opportunities

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

AWEA WINDPOWER Opening Reception

The co-chairs and AWEA community engagement staff will be available for further conversation and Q&A until 5:15 pm, and then walk together to the reception at Generations Hall

*Program and times are subject to change.  Speakers and sessions details TBA.*