The location of the May 20th Kick-Off meeting will be held in the Board Room of the El Paso International Airport from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Signs will be posted and staff will be available to direct you in the terminal.  Your parking is free in the airport’s short-term parking lot.  Breakfast and refreshments will be provided for all attendees.
The following is a preliminary outline of the activities of the kick-off meeting of the FWD El Paso Delphi Process:
1.      Welcome - Orientation- Why are you here?

a.       Objectives to accomplish
b.      Importance/value of participant contributions
2.      Overview of Study Area

a.       Aerial views: El Paso County, part of Dona Ana County, New Mexico
a.       Population
b.      Employment
c.       Sprawl, outward migration
3.      Future Directions of the Community based on:

a.       Current trends
b.      Policies
c.       Economy
4.      Resources for Framing Discussion

a.       Texas State Data Center projections
b.      Census data
c.       Other
d.      Explanation of the concept of control totals related to the Delphi Method
5.      Factors that Affect Growth Group Exercise
Group Exercise - Participants will be given generic, incomplete set of factors that influence growth.  Local factors are left off list (e.g., future status of border trade and maquiladoras, and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) issues).   This activity will give participants a common definition of vocabulary needed for future exercises, such as “jobs” vs. “employment”.
6.      Opportunities and Constraints Group Exercise
The facilitator will lead the participants in a discussion:

·         What development activity is taking place in the study area?
·         Where is growth occurring?
·         Where are opportunities for additional growth?
·         In which areas are opportunities constrained (e.g. by geographic features)?
(Opportunity for participants to walk around and observe the work of other groups)
7.    Allocation Exercise 
Using earlier input regarding development activity and constraints AND the control totals for the study area, where does the growth go?
8.    Transition to Web Exercise

a.      Translate the concept of the allocation exercise to the web exercise.
b.      What does allocation exercise look like using the web interface?
c.       On screen demonstration
9.    Hands-on demonstration of Web Exercise
There will be multiple stations. Participants can gather around stations, watch, and take turns trying out web exercise with facilitator assistance.
Each participant will be given a packet containing:
·        A copy of the presentation
·        All exhibits (sized to fit), handouts, and materials from the meeting
·        A user guide for the web-based process (including respective username and password)