Policy Forum 2016


Session Materials and Resources

9:00am Opening Plenary
Economic Development for All
Amy Liu | Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings | PowerPoint
10:00am Concurrent sessions
Jumpstarting Revitalization | Audio Recording
Jeri Mintzer
 | Program Manager, Smart Growth America
Zach Vruwink | Mayor, Wisconsin Rapids, WI | PowerPoint
Ed Pawlowski | Mayor, Allentown, PA | PowerPoint
Place-based Economic Development Audio Recording
John Robert Smith
 | Chair, Transportation for America
David Martin| Mayor, Stamford, CT | PowerPoint
Knox Ross | Mayor, Pelahatchie, MS | PowerPoint
Elizabeth Tyler | Director, Community Development, Urbana, IL | PowerPoint
Revitalization without Displacement Audio Recording
Alex Hutchinson
 | Economic Development Specialist, Smart Growth America
Conan Smith | Commissioner, Washtenaw County, MI | PowerPoint
Courtney Snowden | Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC | PowerPoint
11:30am Concurrent sessions
Catalytic Development | Audio Recording
Christopher Zimmerman | Vice President for Economic Development, Smart Growth America
Toby Millman | Senior Vice President, Vornado Realty Trust | PowerPoint
Richard Griffin | Director, Economic Development, Frederick, MD | PowerPoint
Kimberly Driscoll | Mayor, Salem, MA | PowerPoint
Creative Placemaking Strategies
Ben Stone
 | Director, Arts & Culture, Smart Growth America
Karen Freeman-Wilson | Mayor, Gary, IN | PowerPoint
Rick Danner | Mayor, Greer, SC | PowerPoint
Jen Hughes | Community Solutions Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts | PowerPoint
New Housing Types and How to Get Them Built | Audio Recording
Dan Parolek
 | Principal, Opticos Design | PowerPoint
Lisa Bender | Councilmember, Minneapolis, MN | PowerPoint
Dave Richins | Councilmember, Mesa, AZ | PowerPoint
1:45pm Concurrent sessions
Working with Developers | Audio Recording
Christopher Coes
 | Director, LOCUS, Smart Growth America
Jonathan LaBonte | Mayor, Auburn, ME | PowerPoint
John Engen | Mayor, Missoula, MT
Creating Connectivity with Innovative Transportation Planning | Audio Recording
Joe McAndrew | Policy Director, Transportation for America
Courtney Sung | Urban Planner & Director of Growth, Remix | PowerPoint
Alan Steinbeck | Principal, Renaissance Planning Group | PowerPoint
Getting to Yes: Communications and Outreach Solutions | Audio Recording
Geoffrey Anderson 
| President, Smart Growth America
3:15pm Closing Plenary
A Tale of Three Cities
Peg Moertl | Sr. Vice President, Community Development Banking, PNC Bank
Sarah Goldfarb | Director of Policy and Research, Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, NJ
Ken Bowers | Planning Director, Raleigh, NC | PowerPoint
Deon Gordon | Director of Business Growth, REV Birmingham, AL | PowerPoint
4:15pm Adjourn

More Resources

Conference Program

Local Leaders Council Member Benefits

Report & Studies by Smart Growth America 
Amazing Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development

(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization

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