Sustainable Communities for the New Economy
Our generation’s fundamental challenge is to rebuild our economy so that it secures a sustainable future for the next generation. This is no easy task. Businesses understand the value of investing in locations that provide a diversified economy, an educated and well-trained workforce, sound transportation and housing options, and a high quality of life, yet they still must compete on a global scale. Our economy is inextricably tied to the ability of our urban, suburban, and rural communities to contribute to the economic, social, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.
This plenary session will explore the emerging partnerships at the federal and regional levels to build sustainable economies and will provide a spirited discussion of the challenges and opportunities for creating a new, sustainable economy.
Moderator: Harriett Tregoning, Director, Office of Planning, Washington, DC
Shelley Poticha, AICP Director, Office of Sustainability, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
Erin Flynn, Urban Development Director, Portland Development Commission, Portland, Oregon
Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation Policy, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC