New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Kicks Off 2009 in the Land of Enchantment

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Kicks Off 2009 in the Land of Enchantment

Local Government Commission

As our country faces enormous challenges ranging from climate change and economic turmoil to housing, public health and water shortages, the vibrant city of Albuquerque – in the heart of New Mexico's "land of enchantment" – is an ideal setting for the 8th edition of this annual event. Albuquerque can be viewed a crossroads city, trying to balance future challenges with the desire to preserve its heritage. Like many American cities, it is finding smart growth – in all its forms and with all its partners – can enhance our economic, environmental and social fabric.

Partners for Innovation: Never before has there been such an urgent need for community leadership, multidisciplinary collaboration and innovation to break the "business as usual" mindset. Conference participants will have a chance to learn from and be inspired by successful initiatives from across the nation.

The program encompasses over 100 diverse, cutting-edge sessions spanning three full days. Many sessions will explore new trends and technical details, but there are also sessions for those who are new to smart growth. You can also experience the Great Southwest through the conference's optional tours of model projects – from a "Taste of Taos" walking tour of the historic district and its food, art and architecture to a bike tour of infill projects to sustainable housing and transit-oriented development in downtown Albuquerque.

Smart Growth and the Economy: Last year's financial meltdown shows us that a real transformation of our economy must focus on job training, green job development, sustainability and smart-growth approaches to health, housing and community design. When we think of a green job, we typically see a solar installation technician; however, the field must grow far beyond conservation and renewable energy jobs. We now need more experts trained to address water shortages through drought-tolerant landscape design, cooks who can prepare meals using locally-grown, seasonal produce, professionals who understand the connections between land use and community health

AICP Accreditation: All conference breakouts and workshops have been approved for AICP accreditation by the American Planning Association. Check the web site for session descriptions.

Registration: Register online now, and before the January 9th deadline, to avoid the late fee.

Hotel Accommodations: Visit the conference web site for information on group rates at nearby hotels.

See the New Partners for Smart Growth conference web site for more information:

Posted January 1, 2009

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