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Mine-Scarred Lands Initiative Tool Kit: Project Examples Related to Using Outside Assistance with Project Planning and Coordination

Long-term Facilitation Support for a Watershed Group:
Pennsylvania Mine Project
The Snake River Watershed Task Force was established in 1999 to improve water quality in the Snake River Watershed in Summit County, Colorado. Since that time, The Keystone Center has provided ongoing facilitation support. The Keystone Center helped the Task Force form a diverse group with representatives from the business community, local, state and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations and local residents. It continues to motivate and coordinate project activities. This support has allowed the Task Force members to analyze technical issues of the site instead of managing process oriented activities.

Facilitation Support for an Information Exchange:
Beatty Renewable Energy Project
A neutral consultant provided facilitation support for a key one-day information exchange meeting among partners and stakeholders involved in the Beatty Renewable Energy Project. This meeting proved to be a timely opportunity for partners to come together to:

  • Share information on the background of the project.
  • Discuss the potential for using the former mine site and surrounding areas for renewable energy development.
  • Identify the challenges associated with renewable energy development.
  • Identify steps needed to conduct a feasibility study.
  • Establish an organization structure to support the project into the future.

The facilitator was critical to helping the partners develop a realistic agenda, keeping the participants focused and on schedule during the meeting, and helping participants outline key next steps for the project.

Facilitation Support for a Planning Meeting:
The Cranberry Creek Gateway Park Project
Neutral consultants provided facilitation support for a Cranberry Creek Steering Committee meeting focused on developing a community engagement plan for their project. The facilitators reviewed the draft plan with the Committee and worked with the Committee to outline key messages that needed to be shared with the community; who the key partners and stakeholders were; and a timeline of community engagement activities. By having the facilitators lead the meeting, participants were able to focus solely on brainstorming. The facilitators also ensured that all participants had an equal opportunity to share their ideas.

 

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