The multi-disciplinary program will include over 90 plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops, and focused trainings, and features cutting-edge policies, programs, and projects, as well as strategies and implementation tools that address the challenges of implementing smart growth development.
Conference sessions will focus on issues such as: improving local economies and job creation; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; improving transportation systems and land use patterns; improving water quality; financing smart growth and capacity-building; improving public health and safety; conserving energy and other natural resources; promoting equitable development and environmental justice; providing affordable housing choices; and creating safer and healthier communities for all.
Accreditation - The LGC is pursuing continuing education accreditation for several sessions for AICP planners, architects, landscape architects, and attorneys.
Tours of Model Projects - The program also includes fifteen exciting optional tours featuring smart growth development projects from around the region -by bus, light rail, and by foot!
Exciting Pre-Conference Workshop on February 6th - A dynamic half-day workshop focused on equitable development will be held on February 6th titled Sustainable Neighborhoods, Thriving Residents: Strategies for Building Equitable Communities. This workshop will explore how low-income, minority, tribal, and other overburdened communities are integrating land use and economic development strategies to renew their neighborhoods and build residents' skills and wealth. Representatives from community-based organizations, local and regional planners, economic developers, and businesses will share how they're working together to address health and environmental concerns, provide more housing and transportation options, promote wellness, increase access to opportunities, train workers, support local businesses, build on community assets, and develop strategies for growth that uplifts all residents. Interactive training sessions will teach participants about tools and approaches that integrate land use and economic and workforce development to revitalize underserved communities. The event will conclude with reflections by federal and other leaders on how their organizations will support equitable development in the year ahead. Pre-registration and a nominal fee are required to attend.
Hotel Reservations - The deadline to receive the group room rate of $119 (single or double occupancy) at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown Hotel is January 14, 2013. Make your reservations by calling 1-877-303-0104 and indicate you are attending the New Partners Conference.
Visit www.NewPartners.org for detailed information on the conference program, tours of model projects, special events, invited speakers, hotel and transportation information, and to REGISTER NOW!
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