SIGN UP NOW: Early bird pricing has been extended through December 20th! If you haven’t already done so, register by December 20th to receive the lowest rate available for the conference. Registration will still be open after the December 20th deadline, but prices will increase, so don’t delay!
This year’s conference will have over 80 multi-disciplinary sessions spanning three full days with a dynamic mix of plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and coordinated networking activities. Pre-conference events will include exciting tours of model projects and workshops that make this “more than a conference.”
TIMELY PLENARIES: As communities around the country discover smart-growth convergences for attaining health, transportation and sustainable economic growth goals, the New Partners conference offers four thought-provoking plenaries, including “Smart Growth: A Prescription for Healthy Communities and Vibrant Economies,” “Successful Transportation Networks: A Driving Force in Smart Growth,” “Health, Wealth and Happiness – The Inspiration of a City,” and “Extreme Weather, Smart-Growth Forecasts: Finding Opportunities for Implementing Silver Linings.”
HALF-DAY WORKSHOP ON EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT: “Equitable Development: Smarter Growth through Environmental Justice” – a half-day workshop scheduled for Feb. 14 –Innovative equitable development approaches can be incorporated into smart-growth planning to achieve sustainable outcomes which protect human health and the environment, strengthen the economy, encourage community parity, and protect cultural assets. Visit the Special Features page of the conference website to get more details on this dynamic workshop. ($25 registration fee)
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP ON HEALTHY FOOD: Get started a day early… “Advancing Healthy, Equitable Food Systems: Building Capacity, Partnerships and Resources” – a half-day workshop scheduled for Feb. 13. How and where food is produced, processed, distributed and accessed has implications for the health and livelihood of residents, no matter where they live. Food systems have become increasingly important to the smart growth movement, as rural and urban communities plan for their future. Explore local food systems through the lens of smart growth, and take away inspiration from innovative models and practical advice for your community. Visit the Special Features page of the conference website to get more details on this intriguing workshop. ($35 registration fee)
13 WAYS TO SEE SMART GROWTH IN THE DENVER REGION: Don’t just talk about smart growth – see it in action! Beyond the great sessions, New Partners offers 13 optional tours of local model projects on Thursday morning and afternoon – and Sunday morning, if you want to stay an extra day. The tours explore art and business revitalization along a new light rail line, green building and entrepreneurial reinvention, healthy food and healthy living, the economic potential of creative placemaking, equitable, transit-oriented development. Take a walk around downtown Denver or trendy LoDo, check out an airport turned into a neighborhood, and experience the Harlem of the West.
GET LOTS OF CREDIT: We expect most of the conference sessions to be approved for accreditation for several professions: AICP planners, landscape architects and architects. Check the website in the coming weeks for details about which sessions have been accredited for which designations.
HOTEL ACOMMODATIONS: If you will need hotel accommodations, we strongly encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible at The Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel and indicate that you are attending the New Partners Conference to receive the group rate of $156 per night (single/double). Reservations can be made by calling (888) 421-1442.
See the New Partners for Smart Growth conference website. Web link: NewPartners.org
For more information:
Michele Warren, Local Government Commission 1303 J St., Suite 250, Sacramento, CA 95814 USA
phone: 916-448-1198 x 308; email: [email protected]