Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be participating in panel discussions on preservation of affordable housing and housing for older Americans in high access locations near transit at the American Planning Association's annual conference in Los Angeles on April 17, Abigail Thorne-Lyman, the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, will lead a multimodal tour -- walking, biking, transit -- of the Orange Line in the San Fernando Valley.
Reconnecting America Policy Associate Elizabeth Wampler will be in Minneappolis on April 17 and 18 for the local TOD Advisory Committee meeting. The TOD Advisory Committee brings together a collection of public agency representatives, regional non-profit advocacy groups, the business community, foundation staff and others that represent a growing network of groups proactively engaged in supporting transit-oriented development in the Twin Cities. Read more about the committee here.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be participating in a panel discussion of TOD financing tools at the 2012 Annual Housing California Conference in Sacramento on April 11. The panel, "Fresh Financing Tools to Support Affordable Homes and Equitable Transit-Oriented Development" will discuss tje omplex new partnerships between nonprofit community development organizations, government, philanthropic foundations, and community and private lenders who are merging to provide much-needed financing for mixed-income, transit-oriented development in regions around the United States. Funds created by these new partnerships are innovative tools in addressing the unique set of challenges posed by transit-oriented development, including limited land supply and higher costs in transit-rich areas, the need for higher-risk and more-patient capital, and local land-use and policy support for workforce housing and mixed-use development.
Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith will be participating in a creative placemaking summit hosted by MassINC in Lowell, Mass., on April 11. The summit will explore how small to midsize cities can use arts and culture as a revitalization strategy. Smith will be touching on his experience as mayor of Meridian, Miss., and transportation's critical role in shaping the built environment in ways that facilitate urban vibrancy.
Reconnecting America Project Director Chris Yake will be discussing "How station area typology can drive decisions" at the March 29 Futurewise's Transit-Oriented Communities Brownbag Series in Seattle. From the organization's website: "Futurewise's Transit-Oriented Communities: A Blueprint for Washington State publication and the Seattle Planning Commission's Seattle Transit Communities report are the first two attempts at typology in the region. And right now the Puget Sound Regional Council is in the midst of its own typology process to evaluate the north, east, and south corridors of the light rail extensions. There couldn't be a better time to discuss station area typology and its potential impact . We have a stellar line-up of presenters." More information here.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks and Center for Transit-Oriented Development Director Abigail Thorne-Lyman will be making presentations at the March 28 Funder's Network annual conference in Seattle. The conference will offer a mix of networking and active learning opportunities in a setting that fosters in-depth dialogue about the most complex issues facing communities, whether metropolitan areas or smaller towns and rural areas. More information here.
Reconnecting America's Abigail Thorne-Lyman, the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, was interviewed as part of a New York Times article on Los Angeles efforts to develop a comprehensive urban plan.
Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith will join former Reconnecting America President and CEO Shelley Poticha, now the Director for Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, for a discussion of lessons learned in the fields of collaborative governance and democratic practices at the Policy Consensus Initiative board of directors meeting March 23 in Washington, DC. More details about PCI and its board are available at www.policyconsensus.org
Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith will be attending the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Summit in Washington, DC, March 20-22. The league is pushing back against congressional efforts to turn back the clock on decades of progress toward creating a more bicycle-friendly America.
Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith will participate in a webinar discussion of the article he and Gene Townsend, Mayor of Three Forks, wrote for the Montan Policy Review. (Read the article here.) Each week the Montana Policy Review: Extended Conversation has been hosting an author from its Fall 2011 issue. All webinars will be recorded and archived on the MSU Local Government Center website.