New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Visits the Great American Southwest in January 2009

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Visits the Great American Southwest in January 2009

Local Government Commission

The conference program has over 100 diverse, cutting-edge sessions spanning three full days. While many sessions will explore new trends and technical details, there are also sessions for those who are new to smart growth. The program includes 11 optional tours of model projects - another great way to experience the Southwest.

Local, Regional and State Government Solutions That Address the Economic and Environmental Challenges of Today: Our country is facing enormous challenges. At the top of the list are climate change, the economy, jobs, housing, public health and water shortages. Never before has there been such an urgent need for community leadership and innovation. Participants at the Albuquerque New Partners conference will have a chance to learn from and be inspired by cutting-edge, local-level responses to these pressing issues, selected from impressive initiatives drawn from throughout the country.

Green Job Development: To transform the economy so that it responds to the problems of the day will require a focus on job training and job development. When we think of a green job, we typically think of a solar installation technician, however the field needs to be expanded far beyond jobs related to conservation and renewable energy. We now need more experts trained to address water shortages through drought-tolerant landscape design, cooks who can prepare meals using locally produced, seasonal produce, professionals who understand the connections between land use and community health, and the list goes on.

Pursuing Partnerships: Because no single professional group can solve the enormous challenges facing us today, the New Partners for Smart Growth conference brings together multiple disciplines and explores how effective partnerships can provide the political will and technical expertise necessary to overcome inertia and change business as usual.

AICP Accreditation: The LGC expects most of the conference sessions to be approved for AICP accreditation by the American Planning Association. Information as to which sessions will be accredited will be posted online by early December.

Registration and Hotel Reservations: Register online now, and before the January 9th deadline. The special room rate of $99 is only available until December 30th and we expect both the Hyatt and the DoubleTree hotels to sell out.

Please visit the New Partners for Smart Growth conference web site:

For more information contact:

Michele Warren
Local Government Commission
1303 J Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States

Phone: 916-448-1198 ext. 308
Email: [email protected]

Posted November 24, 2008

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