Pints With Planners Podcasts

What is Pints with Planners ?

Pints With Planners (PWP) is a podcast aimed at demystifying urban planning in a loosely scripted forum hosted by two emerging professionals working in the Pacific Northwest. PWP provides a setting to inform about planning and related municipal issues for a broad community of listeners. Often discussions on the broad array of challenges faced by communities and citizens alike are held in forums that may not do enough to invite engagement with these issues. 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 our discussion of the global community development 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 host Ryan Krueger currently serves on the OAPA Education and Outreach Committee (EOC), and this Committee advises in the podcast development process.


Who are the Hosts?
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 came to Troutdale in June 2016 also as graduate of Clemson University’s City and Regional Planning graduate program. After almost a decade employed in the outdoor industry prior to his return to graduate school, Ryan is currently serving as the City’s long range planner and floodplain manager. Ryan brings a background in radio, having previously hosted and produced a two-hour radio program at the community radio station KHOL in Jackson, WY from 2011-2012.


Available Podcasts:

“Creating Memorable Community Spaces, Part II” – Cynthia Bowen

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For this episode of PWP, Cynthia Bowen, the current President of the American Planning Association (APA), joins us for a conversation on “Creating Memorable Community Spaces.” During the second episode on this topic, Cynthia helps us examine what factors or traits make community spaces memorable. We visit with Cynthia to learn more about her favorite places and experiences while travelling through the US during her time in leadership at the APA.

For more information on Cynthia’s background please visit her LinkedIn profile.

“Creating Memorable Community Spaces” – Ric Stephens

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On this episode Ric Stephens, the current President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), joins us for a conversation on “Creating Memorable Community Spaces”.  What factors or traits make community spaces memorable? How do we integrate resilience and climate change into community place making? And what topics are going to be the most impactful on our future community designs? We visit with Ric on all of these questions in an effort to learn from his experiences in order to create playful, memorable, and mysterious public places in our own communities.

For more information on Ric’s background please visit his LinkedIn profile.

“What is a City Planner?” – John Morgan

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John Morgan is the Executive Director of the Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership and the Leader of the Chinook Institute, the premier leadership development program for top-level public officials on the west coast. John has spent his career in public service focusing on community development and organizational leadership in government organizations. A former Community Development Director, Planning Director, and City Manager, John brings to the Chinook Institute a strong focus on organizational development, strategic thinking and processes, a passion for public service, and a clear understanding of leadership that works and how to learn and apply its principles.

John is principal with the MorganCPS Group, an urban planning and organizational development consulting firm. MorganCPS provides long-range, current, and strategic planning services to many agencies and jurisdictions. John also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Center for Public Service at Portland State University and teaches planning and economic development classes in communities statewide. John and his wife, Mary Lynn, are graduates of Willamette University in Salem. His degree is in urban and regional government and political science. 

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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.