Pints with Planners Podcast

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Pints With Planners (PWP) is a podcast aimed at demystifying urban planning in a loosely scripted forum. PWP provides a setting to inform about planning and related municipal issues for a broad community of listeners. Often, discussions on the array of challenges faced by communities and citizens alike are held in forums that may not invite engagement. PWP’s goal is to discover, encourage, and share inclusive conversations that lead to productive community outcomes. As you listen to this podcast, imagine you are sitting with us joining in the discussion of the global challenges we are witnessing on our street corners.

PWP was created in partnership with the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA) in 2017. PWP’s hosts Ryan Krueger AICP and Will Smith AICP both currently serves on the OAPA Education and Outreach Committee (EOC), and this Committee advises in the podcast development process.

Latest Episode

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“Perspectives on Planning from a 50 Year Career” with Adrian Freund, FAICP

Will and Chris sit down with Adrian Freund, FAICP during the 2019 OAPA Planning Conference, held in Eugene, Oregon, to reflect on his five decades in the planning profession. Adrian, who passed away on May 3, 2020, discusses the growing importance of planners in emergency management/disaster planning and the need to constantly learn, adapt, and change as planners move through their career. He concludes with a discussion of diversity and equity in planning, including the challenges of building trust with communities.

For more information on Adrian’s career in planning, please visit his LinkedIn page and his bio on the FA Northwest website. Also, please read a short In Memoriam summarizing a long career and well lived life for our friend Adrian Freund.

About the Hosts

The views and opinions expressed through the podcasts are those of the guests hosts, and may not reflect those of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, the City of Troutdale, or any other affiliates of this program.

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Hosts Ryan Kreuger and Chris Damgen

Chris Damgen joined the City of Troutdale, Oregon staff in August 2015, after eight years of experience at the City of Hardeeville in South Carolina. He was promoted to Community Development Director in May 2016. Chris graduated in 2007 from Clemson University’s City and Regional Planning graduate program. Chris has previously hosted a trivia night for almost six years and is eager to transition that skillset into podcast broadcasting.

Ryan Krueger, AICP CFM launched PWP in 2017 in partnership with Chris, and served as a co-host until early 2019. Ryan began his career in planning in Troutdale, Oregon in June 2016 after graduating from Clemson University’s City and Regional Planning Masters program. Ryan is currently serving as the Director Planning and Zoning and the floodplain manager for the City of Victor, Idaho, and his role with PWP has shifted from co-hosting the show to creative consulting and production.

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Host Will Smith

Will Smith, AICP is the newest PWP co-host. He joined PWP in late 2018 to take on co-hosting responsibilities after Ryan’s departure for a new position in Idaho. Will is the Senior Planner for Wasco County where he oversees current planning. He received his Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Prior to his career in Planning, Will spent almost a decade as a wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service in Wyoming and Oregon. He enjoys backpacking, board games, and bicycles.