Bring your mind. Bring your senses. Bring your sense of wonder to to Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece nestled in the Laurel Highlands. Depart downtown Pittsburgh for the day– much like Fallingwater’s original owners did 80 years ago – and visit one of the most unique houses in the world. Tour includes transportation, Fallingwater admission and lunch.
Cruise the Financial and Cultural Districts. Explore the Strip District. Check out North Shore. Dive into the history of Pittsburgh, through the stories of people who shaped the city into the beauty it is today. Old and new buildings, city squares and public art transform this ride into a unique jaunt through The ‘Burgh.
Get a head start on Sunday night’s Welcome Reception with a pre-party at Ten Penny Table and Tap. A special invitation to LGBTQ conference goers and their friends. It doesn’t matter how you identify – mix it up, mingle and network from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Sunday. Afterwards, walk over to the Welcome Reception at The Pennsylvanian (6:00 – 9:00 pm). Time it right to hit both events. Loads of fun. (Maybe even some dancing.) Cash bar.
Fee: $70 (includes lunch and transportation to Millvale for walking tour)
Moving On With Ecodistrict Planning
Within every community lies the opportunity to design truly innovative, scalable solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing city-makers: income, education and health disparities; blight and ecological degradation; the threat of climate change; and rapid urban growth. The ecodistricts approach can be a comprehensive, transformational urban development platform. The EcoDistricts Protocol is a guide for city-makers to take this collaborative, holistic, neighborhood-scale approach to community design. Explore the basics of ecodistrict planning. Prepare for the ecodistrict professional accreditation exam. Become familiar with the EcoDistricts Protocol as a way to lead ecodistrict development. Learn alongside other Rail~Volution participants and local professionals involved in ecodistricts.
How can you capture a share of the increased value created from transit investments? Open the toolbox of public and private financial mechanisms – value capture strategies! Learn how the US Department of Transportation, local governments and transit agencies use value capture strategies to fund transit projects. Explore examples where value capture strategies have funded projects directly or leveraged public or private financing. What are best practices? What lessons were learned? Then break into smaller groups – or meet one-on-one – to focus on developing and implementing value capture in your own region. Expertise at both the federal and local levels to inform your own decisions.
Thomas Gerend, Executive Director, Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Kansas City, MO
Leo Wetula, Project Development Lead, Build America Bureau, US Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Rabinder Bains, Principal Economist, FTA Office of Budget and Policy, US Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Originally constructed in 1900 for use as Pittsburgh’s Union Station, The Pennsylvanian is considered one of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings. The handcrafted, dome-shaped rotunda at its entrance – encapsulating the vision of Chicago architect Daniel Burnham – is an iconic symbol of Pittsburgh. Add cocktails and appetizers from local vendors and your Rail~Volution colleagues. Top it off with music by Beauty Slap, a brass band with a funk vibe, and you’ve got one heckuva party. From the conference hotel, The Pennsylvanian is a straight shot down Liberty Avenue, a nice walk (or quick bus ride) through the city’s historic downtown.
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Rail~Volution is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the American Planning Association’s AICP CertifiedMaintenance (CM) program. Accredited conference events are reflected using this notation:AICP CM 1.5