Reconnecting America President & CEO John Robert Smith will be participating in the Greentopia Futures Summit in Rochester, NY, on Sept. 10. The summit is Rochester’s first business-to-business conference where forethought is not an afterthought. For more on the conference, visit Greentopia's website.
Reconnecting America Policy Director Sarah Kline will address the directors of the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiatives on May 21. The topic of her talk will be "Opportunities for Multimodal Transportation in MAP-21."
Elizabeth Wampler and Abby Thorne-Lyman will be in the Twin Cities to meet with the Advisory Group for the TOD Priority Market Framework. The Framework will be an implementation tool to assist the region in prioritizing investment along transit corridors based on market readiness for investment, existing infrastructure for TOD, and social characteristics that connect people to jobs. This project is being funded by the McKnight Foundation.
Reconnecting America Program Associate Bill Sadler will be attending the National Convergence Partnership Annual Meeting on May 1 in Washington, DC. Mile High Connects received a $190,000 Innovation Fund grant from Convergence to set up a grant fund, and Sadler is on the task force charged with setting up the grant. This meeting is a convening of new grantees.
Reconnecting America's Abigail Thorne-Lyman, the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, will be participating in a two-day TOD Business Plan Work Session in Sacramento on April 29-30. The purpose of the meeting will be to ensure a shared understanding of TOD, affordable housing, equitable TOD; understand current initiatives in the region around transit connectivity, compact growth, and equity, and other relevant concepts, and how they result to the objectives of this work; review current financing tools; and feed this information into next steps in the project.
Reconnecting America's Abigail Thorne-Lyman, the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, will be in Los Angeles on april 25 for a meeting of the California Community Foundation's Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities Initiative.
Reconnecting America's Abigail Thorne-Lyman, the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, will be presenting the TOD University curriculum at the Housing California annual conference in Sacramento on April 17. Housing Californa produces the nation's largest annual conference on affordable homes and homelessness. More about the conference here.
Reconnecting America Policy Director Sarah Kline and Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler will be participating in the American Planning Association Annual Convention in Chicago on April 15. Wampler will be participating in a panel that answers the question "Can Kids Live Downtown." (The answer, of course, is yes.) Kline will participate in a panel entitled "The New Role of Local Transportation Financing." More about Kline's panel is available here. Information about Wampler's panel is available here. More about the convention can be found here.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be among the speakers at an April 4 panel discussion of Ideas That Work, part of the Investing In What Works For America's Communities book project. Brooks' panel will provide on-the-ground perspectives from successful community development projects in the Los Angeles area and across the country. The programs featured reflect the book’s themes of combining people and place, integration across traditional “program areas,” collaboration across bureaucratic silos, connection of neighborhood to region, and entrepreneurship. Brooks' panel will provide the audience with solid illustrations of what makes these models successful and the challenges and opportunities to replicating and scaling these approaches. For more information, click here.
Reconnecting America Policy Director Sarah Kline will be a panelist March 21 in a lunch briefing on the resiliency of residential real estate values located in areas well-connected by public transportation. The briefing is put on by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).