Jackson Hole Arts Campus
It started with a dream and a few committed citizens. The Jackson Hole Center for the Arts (CFA) is a $30 million facility that brought a world-class arts scene to Jackson Hole. Faced with the issues of its own success, CFA hired Frontier Forward to facilitate a planning and design process to create a vibrant, artful space that would allow for CFA's expansion while addressing the community's desire to preserve vital open space in a dense core neighborhood. Frontier Forward designed a process that formulated a shared community vision, ensured predictability, and recruited top design talent by efficiently utilizing limited resources.
Western Greater Yellowstone Housing Needs Assessment
In 2012, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a $1.5 million Sustainable Communities grant to a 4-county region in Eastern Idaho and Western Wyoming. Frontier Forward led the public outreach effort for the Western Greater Yellowstone Housing Needs Assessment, which identified housing needs for each community in the region through the lens of sustainability and quality of life. This project was done in collaboration with Rees Consulting, WSW Consulting, and RRC Associates.
Numerous community events, contacts, and other outreach events were utilized to achieve a strong survey sample of English and Spanish-speakers. We produced over 4,000 detailed survey responses from a population of 80,000. These data were used in the housing needs assessment and quality of life report incorporated into the Teton View Regional Plan, which includes sustainability indicators fashioned from our data collection efforts.
2018 Mountain and Resort Town Planners Summit
The Mountain and Resort Town Planners Summit (MRTPS) is geared toward city planners, citizen planners, elected/appointed officials, community activists, design professionals, conservationists, academics, and anyone else committed to addressing the unique challenges in mountain communities.
Frontier Forward organized the 2018 summit held in Canmore, Alberta. The event attracted 140 participants from the western US and Canada, and featured a wide variety of topics ranging from workforce housing, growth management, regional planning, wildlife habitat protection, seasonal visitors, and other important matters facing Rocky Mountain resort communities. Frontier Forward marketed the event, created the conference curriculum, recruited speakers, and managed event logistics.
2015 Affordable Housing Review in Jackson Hole
In 2014, Frontier Forward contributed to an independent, privately-funded, community-driven review of affordable housing policy in Jackson Hole. This white paper incorporated the myriad housing studies undertaken in Jackson Hole, and identified the political inefficiencies, frictions, and inconsistencies that contributed to a seemingly intractable workforce housing issue.
Our team interviewed over 65 stakeholders and incorporated their perspectives into the report. We then formulated recommendations through the perspective of the team's background in corporate reorganizations/restructuring, construction/development, planning, and journalism. The report was published in 2015, and many of its recommendations are being implemented in Jackson Hole today.
Pend d'Oreille Trail Master & Interpretive Plan
Frontier Forward joined the Harmony Design & Engineering team to create a public outreach plan for an interpretive park and trail system along the shores of Lake Pend d'Oreille in Idaho. The project is adjacent to the burgeoning resort communities of Sandpoint, Ponderay, and Kootenai. Community desires to embrace the lakeshore were long stymied by a busy freight rail line and industrial pollution. In 2010, Friends of the Pend d'Oreille Bay incorporated and secured the resources necessary to bring the lake back to the people.
Frontier Forward designed a community survey to assess public opinion on a variety of design, planning, and thematic elements for the project. Survey themes were then distilled into public display boards utilized at various public events in the community. This was incorporated into a final schematic prepared by the Harmony team, which were then assembled into a geographically kinetic Prezi presentation.
The Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail and Interpretive Plan was finalized in Winter 2015 and is currently under implementation by Friends of the Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail.
Whitefish Strategic Housing Plan
In association with Rees Consulting, WSW Consulting, and Williford Housing, we prepared the report format and graphics for a strategic housing plan in the community of Whitefish, Montana.
Because the strategic plan required community buy-in and action, the team found it necessary to clearly brand tools and strategies. Frontier Forward developed graphics detailing the public input process, housing tools, and implementation strategies. This allowed the plan to be understood by a broad audience and communicated through print, broadcast, and social media.
The Whitefish Strategic Housing Plan was adopted by the Whitefish City Council on November 6, 2017.
Eagle River Valley Housing Needs and Solutions Report
Frontier Forward joined the Williford Housing team to create this study which assessed the housing market, needs, and preferences of the Eagle River Valley in Colorado (Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek, Edwards, Town of Eagle). The study also identified a variety of solutions to address the growing housing issue in this high-cost community.
We provided report packaging and graphic design services for the report. Though the Eagle River Valley is comprised of many governmental jurisdictions, the regional community felt it necessary to be on the same page when executing housing solutions. Frontier Forward designed and formatted the report so that its dense technical information could reach the widest audience possible. This was crucial to enable collaboration between public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders.
Community Character Analysis
Frontier Forward and the Charture Institute are conducting a research project to create community character indicators for mountain resort communities in the western US and Canada. The project will identify and track measurements for community success that go beyond traditional economic and demographic indicators.
2019 Mountain and Resort Town Planners Summit
Frontier Forward and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency are convening this small and interactive conference, where ideas, questions and responses flow freely among participants, facilitators, and the host communities. Participants include planners, developers, conservationists, design professionals, and elected officials from mountain towns throughout the western US and Canada.