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Spokane, WA - Emergency Management
Parking in the Time of COVID-19

While parking is often an afterthought in the face of a public health emergency, flexible parking management is one of the keys to creating the framework within which communities can reduce vulnerability and cope with disasters. Successful approaches to parking management can enable adaptive emergency response, maximize access to parking assets and curbside real estate when they’re most needed, and quickly get people back to work in times of uncertainty. This session will explore various approaches to municipal parking management in the time of COVID-19, identifying policies and procedures that allowed the parking team to get involved early in the emergency response and support the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Hear from the City of Spokane’s parking team about their parking challenges leading up to COVID, the pandemic impacts and the ongoing trials and tribulations managing parking in this current environment. Audience Objectives include:

Summarize the municipal project experience and review lessons learned to adapt curb space in the COVID-19 environment to maximize access for changing needs.

Discuss how to prepare a proactive outreach and information campaign to effectively inform your community to address curb management transitions

Address temporary changes to individual parking regulations to support stay-at-home orders while still providing accessibility for essential workers.

Learn how to utilize data to influence and support policy and decisions

Outline a proactive outreach and engagement plan that incorporates the entire community

Understand from all perspectives of the City staff including City Manager, Police Department, and Community Development

Dec 9, 2020 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Kris Becker
Senior Engineer @City of Spokane
Kris Becker, Licensed Professional Engineer, has devoted 17 years of leadership to the City of Spokane, Washington. As a Senior Engineer, she streamlined the permitting process for building and land use applications. Her profound work led to her current position as Director, Development Services Center, which includes management, strategy and oversight of the Engineering, Building, Planning, and Code Enforcement teams. She has recently acquired the Parking Services Division under her management umbrella.
Jacque West
Operations Manager @City of Spokane
Jacque West has worked in municipal government for the last seven years, focused on providing continuous improvement, business analysis, and technology solutions in program management to the Development Services Center for the City of Spokane, Washington. Last year she took responsibility for Parking and Code Enforcement and expanded her role to Operations Manager. Born and raised in Spokane, she returned to the City with her family after living throughout the United States
Kirstin Davis
Communications Manager @City of Spokane
is the Communications Manager for Neighborhood and Business Services. Kirstin has been doing public and media relations for 28 years in her hometown of Spokane. From local government to small business marketing to the world’s largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament, she has a wide variety of experiences to share.