Making a livable environment possible, one community at a time.
"WALC Institute helped us prioritize and showed our community that we needed change and that is was possible to do; we created a coalition of key stakeholders to help guide the work. We continue to receive the technical push back but continue to push forward, and not taking no as an answer. Without the help of the WALC Institute team the New Ulm community would not be as far along in helping to promote walking and biking as we are today. We have made great strides in a short period of time. We still have a long way to go, but now we have momentum and plan to continue to accomplish the recommendations contained in our WALC report. I am so glad that Mark [Fenton; WALC field partner] talked me into hiring WALC [Institute] to do a report for us rather than just having Mark come and do a community presentation and walk audit."
-New Ulm, Minnesota, Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project
"Thank you for coming to Baton Rouge and providing an outstanding educational experience. The presentations during the dinner framed Complete Street concepts and challenges in a way that, I believe, created more of a sense commonality among us in terms of both aspiration and awareness of challenges. The site analysis and workshop tour focusing on the Perkins Road Overpass area the following day continued that experience in a more focused way. While political and financial challenges certainly remain, I believe that a new level of communication has been created among all the entities involved, as well as greater respect for the role that STAC [Sustainable Transportation Committee] can play. I hope that you all will come back soon, and that we can show off some great paths and places that you helped inspire."
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee
"WALC Institute gave our community a cohesive vision and plan that we could implement. WALC was instrumental in helping us define goals and move forward collaboratively. Their expertise and guidance helped our community take on a process that seemed overwhelming on our own. WALC successfully engaged our entire community, recognizing and respecting a variety of conflicting viewpoints to put us on a path to achieve our goals."
-Eldon, Missouri, City of Eldon
"Though only here a short time, the WALC Institute helped reinforce the ideals behind our newly launched Go Healthy, Columbus (www.gohealthycolumbus.org) campaign, which has the goal of encouraging community design that promotes healthy active living for all ages. In only 1.5 days, they toured the community, met with our Safe Routes to School Task Force and our Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Team, and gave 3 public presentations to nearly 150 people related to Safe Routes to School, Aging in Place, and Building a Community for Active Living. The wealth of knowledge and experience of the WALC Institute was very apparent as they moved from one place to another seamlessly relating local programs and projects to what has happened nationally and internationally. Our binders are full of great ideas that we are looking forward to implementing over the next several years!"
-Columbus, Indiana, 2015, Reach Healthy Communities
"I think it was a wonderful effort that provided information and solutions to an ever growing issue in Houston. The [WALC Institute's] report is the perfect tool for organizing in the Alief community."
-Houston, Texas, Alief neighborhood, AARP Texas
We thank all who participated in our survey!
We learned a great deal from you feedback especially about how many of you were not aware that we offered technical assistance workshops and programs.
The Institute provides technical assistance to municipalities, state governments, national advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, resident advocates, consulting firms and developers to help retrofit existing streets or design new places to support active living and create a sense of community.
Some of the Institute's technical-assistance programs are described below. Click on the individual links to learn more about each program.
Our free ‘virtual’ advisory service is designed to answer basic technical questions and provide brief document or policy review or analysis, through teleconferences, emails and file sharing. The HELP! Desk service is subject to staff availability and is typically limited to a maximum of two hours (combined) of free service.
We engage the nation's leading experts to review and analyze specific programs, policies, plans and projects in order to maximize the potential of livability elements to revitalize the community, neighborhood, intersection and/or corridor.
Our nationally-recognized expert staff and consultants give fun, engaging and content-rich story-telling presentations of all types, from major keynote addresses, to panel and breakout session presentations. We also give public presentations as part of our community workshops on all aspects of livability.
Facilitated by nationally renowned experts, our signature technical assistance workshop is designed to inspire communities to become more walkable and livable and is tailored to the specific needs of the host community. This engaging workshop for community stakeholders, department staff and elected officials features a walking audit, public presentation(s) and action planning, and may include a photo vision and a report of observations and recommendations.
Facilitated by the nation's leading experts, our Safe Routes to School workshops can assist communities in any and all aspects of policies, projects and programs, from the very beginning of a program to helping the most advanced programs reach higher goals and solve challenges.
Facilitated by nationally renowned content experts, our implementation workshop is designed to assist communities of all sizes with a specific project, program or policy challenge. Implementation workshops are customized for the particular needs of the host community, and may include design sketches, photo vision, and a report of observations and recommendations.
Temporary demonstrations of streetscape and land use improvements can be just the catalyst a community needs to inspire positive change. The Pop-Up Project workshop is designed to help local communities to plan and implement a successful Pop-Up event or interim design.
Assessing streetscapes, policies and plans through a health lens can help prioritize and build support for livability in your community. The WALC Institute team can conduct a Rapid or Desktop Health Impact Assessment virtually or as an interactive community workshop, or we can teach your community or leaders how to conduct an HIA.
To explore how we can help your community, please contact us.