STEVEN AMESPrincipal, Steven Ames Planning - Oregon, USASteven Ames is a consulting long-range planner, futurist and principal of Steven Ames Planning, based in Portland, Oregon, USA. Author of the American Planning Association’s (APA) award-winning handbook, A Guide to Community Visioning, Steven has worked with local communities, cities and regions across the U.S., as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in planning for the future.Steven speaks frequently on the topic of civic vision and its connection to growth, urban development and sustainability, and he conducts trainings in the community visioning process in the U.S. and Antipodes. He has been a contributor to APA’s reference work Planning and Urban Design Standards (2006), as well as numerous other publications in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific region.Steven was the recipient of the Oregon APA’s Award for Distinguished Leadership by a Professional Planner, and is currently serving as the Craig Byrne Fellow of the Orton Family Foundation, for whom he is studying the “stewardship” of values-based, vision-centric community planning over time. Steven holds degrees from Drew University and the University of Michigan, and has studied with faculty of the London School of Economics.In Australia, Steven advised the SEQ 2021 project for Southeast Queensland, the City ShapeConference for Brisbane City Council, Maroochy 2025 for Maroochy Shire on the SunshineCoast, Maddington Kenwick Sustainable Communities Partnership for the City of Gosnells, WA,Peel 2020 Partnership for the Peel Region, WA, and Vincent Vision 2024 for theTown of Vincent, WA. He is currently advising Toowoomba 2050 for Toowoomba CityCouncil, Queensland.Among Steven’s award-winning projects are Blue Mountains Our Future (Blue Mountain City Council,NSW), winner of the National Awards for Local Government, Social and Community Engagement, and Hillsboro 2020 (City of Hillsboro, Oregon), winner of the Project of the Year Award from the International Association for Public Participation.