LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The 3rd annual TOD Summit by ULI Los Angeles will unveil compelling information about how Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is now the most effective development and revitalization tool in Southern California. Los Angeles Major Antonio Villaraigosa will be among the featured speakers. Among the evidence presented at the TOD Summit will be new data on developments expanding around the Red Line and new Expo Line from Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). There will also be news about how Measure R, which provides Los Angeles County with $40 billion in critical transit and highway funding, is transforming our communities with jobs and connectivity.
TOD Summit 2012 – "Staying on Track and Moving Forward" – will include:
• Arthur Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, MTA will provide feedback on the opening on the Expo Line and on the dramatic growth surrounding the transit lines throughout LA County.
• Frank Giblin, Director of Urban Development, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on the critical mass of federal workplaces in relation to transportation and other sustainability indicators.
• Brian P. Kelly, Acting Secretary, State of California Business, Transportation & Housing Agency on State support for the major expansion and strengthening of Southern California's transportation system and the important role of TOD.
• Kristina E. Raspe, Vice President, Real Estate Development and Asset Management, USC on new development and investment at USC focused on the new Expo Line.
TOD Summit is Thursday, June 7, 2012, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center, 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA, 90089. Registration ranges from $30 to $70. Registration and http://la.uli.org/event/tod-summit-2012/ or by calling (213) 542-4694.
"This year's TOD Summit will provide additional forceful evidence of the crucial value of transportation development," said TOD Summit Co-Chair Scott Ginsburg, Vice President, Development & Acquisitions at Combined Properties, Inc. "With the elimination of California redevelopment agencies, transportation construction and transit oriented districts have become a critical engine to creating economic development while incorporating smart urban planning philosophies. TODs not only create jobs, they create them in exactly the right places: Where people can get to them."
TOD Summit will also offer:
• Discussions on policies local governments and private developers can use to engage in TOD;
• The role for TOD in implementing SCAG's Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy;
• Reports from key decision makers in the private and public sector on existing and planned projects; and
• Information about designing and financing new TOD projects and corridors.
• Optional tours of USC Gateway project and Expo Line.
About ULI Los Angeles
The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 40,000 members representing all aspects of the land use and development disciplines.
ULI Los Angeles has an active membership drawn from the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, and is composed of groups and individuals united in their pursuit of improving land-use policies.
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