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Come early to New Partners 2017 in St. Louis and take part in local technical assistance

Local Government Commission
Feb 2, 2017
St. Louis, MO


SIGN UP NOW: We’ve extended the deadline for the early-bird registration rate to Monday, January 9 – save $50 on conference fees!

This multi-disciplinary event will feature tools, strategies, focused trainings, experiential learning opportunities and new technologies that will help communities now. The conference program features more than 80 informative sessions and implementation workshops spanning three full days – plus local tours, indoor parklets, and the ever-popular technology fair and a new fab lab.

COME EARLY,GET INVOLVED: As part of our efforts to connect New Partners 2017 to the St. Louis region, we are working closely with several of our local and national partners to provide some hands-on technical assistance and special events connected to the conference. Through hands-on installations, neighborhood implementation actions and “HOW TO” workshops, we’re also ensuring that we provide focused technical assistance and tangible leave-behinds that will continue to have a positive, lasting impact after the conference leaves St. Louis. New Partners will offer a FREE implementation workshop open to the public and conference participants on “What to Do, Why Do It and How to Get It Done” (Wednesday, afternoon, February 1). Featuring both local and national experts and successful case studies, this half-day workshop will focus on providing strategies, tools, resources and case studies covering the ins-and-outs of tactical urbanism, crowdfunding, the power and inspiration of youth engagement, and the integration of arts in placemaking. No need to sign up, just show up!

Check out our webpage for more about this and other pre-conference activities:

PLENTY OF PLENARIES: New Partners’ plenaries will dive deep into the major issues facing our communities – housing, transportation, community resiliency, equity – and the future of reaching our goals in all these areas.

“Housing Solutions: Accessing the American Dream.” Cities across America are dealing with a complex constellation of housing issues, including a lack of affordable housing across the income spectrum. Kick off the conference with a wide-ranging discussion about innovative, practical ways to increase our housing supply.

“Cities Get Smarter: Smart Growth and the Internet of Things” Emerging technology can help us upgrade aging infrastructure and increase our to reach local sustainability goals, enhance our quality of life, and foster economic competitiveness. Learn more about how cities big and small are using low-cost sensors and smart devices to collect data, improve community services, and reshape the way they operate to save energy and water, reduce traffic congestion, create more sustainable cities, and bolster competitiveness.

“The New Mobility: Planning in an Era of Autonomous Vehicles” Transportation has arguably changed more in the last five years than in the last 50 years, thanks to technological advances, the prevalence of smart phones and more mobility applications, and the emergence of self-driving cars. These exciting changes have the potential to drastically alter our age-old assumptions about driving behavior and infrastructure needs – from parking and refueling to housing patterns and roadway improvements. See how cities can optimize community benefits created from this transformative shift in transportation.

The conference will close with “Communities of Opportunity: Unifying for Smart Growth and Racial Equity.” In an era of increasing racial, economic and partisan strife, faith leaders in diverse neighborhoods across the nation are bringing people together to spark local revitalization efforts and build equitable development. Find out how these institutions create pathways of economic and social opportunity within communities often plagued by lack of public services, insufficient resources and long-standing financial neglect and disinvestment.

TECH FAIR GETS FAB: The interactive Tech Fair is always a big hit at New Partners, and this year we’re taking it up a notch with a variety of tech innovators at the “Friday Fab Lab” – a dynamic, hands-on opportunity to explore the newest tools in planning and smart growth. With a focus on fabrication technology and the maker movement, the Fab Lab will showcase high-tech tools ranging from 3-D printers to drone technology and 360-degree virtual-reality video to low-tech/high-touch tools like simple kits for protected bike lanes and DIY playgrounds.

GET LOTS OF CREDIT: We expect most of the conference sessions to be approved for accreditation for several professions: AICP planners and landscape architects. Check the website in the coming weeks for details.

RESERVATION DEADLINE: While you’re signing up for the conference, also book your hotel room at the special $125 group rate at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel (available until January 9). Call (800) 397-1282 to make a reservation, and indicate you are attending the New Partners Conference. Our group block is already filling up — don’t delay!

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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]

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December 19, 2016 - 12:00am
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