Allied organizations: Upcoming events and programs

Northern Section strives to deliver events and programs to help you achieve your professional development and networking goals. Our allied professional organizations also offer events and programs in a variety of formats that you may find align well with your professional and continuing education goals.

Below are some notable upcoming event or program opportunities selected by the Northern News team.

Shifting Paradigms: Making Connections for Urban Biodiversity

10:00 a.m. | Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Online
Fee: Free

Join this online session for a conversation with the California Academy of Sciences, YES Nature to Neighborhoods, and TOGETHER Bay Area to explore the connections between organizations, scientific approaches, and geographies in the work for conserving urban biodiversity.

TOGETHER Bay Area Open House

11:00 a.m. | Thursday, October 26, 2023 | Online
Fee: Free

Come meet the TOGETHER Bay Area team, get to know their members, and learn about their work as a coalition. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about TOGETHER Bay Area or in joining as a member to see how you can get involved.

Together Tuesday: Climate Resilient Lands and Waters

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | Online
Fee: Free

Join us to hear from TOGETHER Bay Area members about their transformational projects and programs related to climate resilient lands and waters. This showcase will feature short presentations, opportunities to connect with other attendees, and remarks from Amanda Hansen, CNRA Deputy Secretary for Climate Change.

A Hop, Skip, and a Sip Away: A Tour of Hapas Brewery [In-Person Tour]

5:00 to 6:00 p.m. | Thursday, October 26, 2023 | Hapas Brewing, San José
Fee: $10. Limited Space Available

It’s beer o’clock! Join us at a San José favorite, Hapas Brewery, as we tour the facility to see how they make their delicious brews. The tour includes a flight tasting of four beers.

NEW DATE – Workshop: MTC’s Transit 2050+ [In-Person Event]

12:30 to 2:00 p.m. | Tuesday, October 31, 2023 | SPUR Urban Center, San Francisco

Transit 2050+, the region’s first Connected Network Plan and a key element of The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) update of Plan Bay Area, marks a significant shift in the Bay Area toward planning for a more seamless transit experience for users. MTC and transit agencies will be co-leading an 18-month effort to develop plans for a connected network, including opportunities for riders to provide their thoughts on a well-connected service. In coordination with MTC staff, SPUR is excited to provide one such opportunity. Join us for a brief presentation on Transit 2050+ by MTC and SPUR staff, followed by a workshop exercise. This program is open to all, but a target group of guests, including transit operator staff, is encouraged to attend.

Trolley to Tijuana: Extending San Diego’s Blue Line

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. | Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | Online

With tens and thousands of people traveling between Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego, California everyday for work, these commuters have faced incredibly long wait times to cross border patrol and get to their jobs. As a response to these increased times, officials in Baja California are conducting a feasibility study for an extension of San Diego’s Blue Line Trolley that would allow riders to cross the U.S. – Mexico border and potentially shave hours off of commutes. How is the project navigating this unique and complex regulatory environment, and what can the Bay Area learn from the spirit of innovation and regional cooperation in the growing Cali Baja Megaregion? Join us to learn about the fascinating project and why this link is so important to communities on both sides of the border.

Incubating New Business in Downtown San Francisco [In-Person Event]

5:00 to 6:00 p.m. | Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | SPUR Urban Center

In the wake of the pandemic, small businesses in downtown San Francisco have faced unprecedented challenges and struggles. The economic impact caused by prolonged shutdowns, reduced foot traffic, and changing consumer behavior has created a daunting environment for entrepreneurs. Incubating new small businesses would bring fresh ideas, innovation, and diversity to downtown San Francisco. Join us at the SPUR Urban Center for a 1-hour in-person program where we will hear from professionals from organizations whose mission is to help new entrepreneurs get started in San Francisco.

Make a Big Impact with “Little p” Housing Policies

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. | Thursday, November 30, 2023 | Online

Join SPUR and Partnership for the Bay’s Future to explore innovative solutions to the housing crisis through the implementation of “little p” policies as a means to creatively and equitably address the urgent housing crisis facing cities across the Bay Area. Public or governmental policy — sometimes called “Big P” policy for short — may have significant hurdles, such as city council approval or extensive bureaucratic processes.

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