NLC Conference to Focus on Infrastructure Success for Prosperous Cities and Regions: One of Four Concurrent Conferences at the 2011 Congress of Cities and Exposition

By Pulidindi, Julia; Brooks, Jim | Nation's Cities Weekly, September 12, 2011 | Go to article overview

NLC Conference to Focus on Infrastructure Success for Prosperous Cities and Regions: One of Four Concurrent Conferences at the 2011 Congress of Cities and Exposition


Pulidindi, Julia, Brooks, Jim, Nation's Cities Weekly


Infrastructure Success for Prosperous Cities and Regions will be held November 10-12 in Phoenix as one of four concurrent conferences during NLC's annual Congress of Cities and Exposition.

Programming for this conference will address the need for investment in the nation's water, transportation and technological infrastructure systems and will take a deeper look at what exactly regions need now and how they can plan for the future.

Workshops and sessions within the infrastructure conference will help local elected officials, municipal staff, private sector partners and other stakeholder groups identify challenges and determine the best solutions to improve their infrastructure.

Infrastructure Success for Prosperous Cities and Regions will officially kick off with an opening session on Friday, November 11, at 8:30 a.m., which will focus on ways city leaders can build unique and thriving communities. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of connecting with other regional stakeholders on land use, mobility and housing decisions and how they all relate to regional economic growth.

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The conference will then branch off into sessions that focus on a variety of infrastructure-related issues, including transportation financing, alternative transportation options, implications of investment in water infrastructure, livability and access to and use of technology.

A session on innovative financing mechanisms will highlight some of the out-of-the-box methods cities are relying on to fund their transportation infrastructure initiatives. To reinforce the need to consider innovative transportation financing methods, a follow-up session will look at how people are embracing alternate forms of transportation, such as rapid express buses and limited route circulators.

On the water front, a session will examine the need for water infrastructure investment, the opportunities associated with such investment (such as economic prosperity, environmental protection and improved quality of life) and solutions that can help cities and regions thrive by exploring new means of financing water infrastructure projects.

On the land use and planning side, a session will focus on how cities, towns and suburbs can take action to promote livability by maintaining affordable housing, accommodating mixed-used development and providing sufficient density to support an equitable and efficient transportation network.

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