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Building Livable Communities:  A Leadership Forum

Thank you to everyone who joined us! Co-hosted by the city of Burlington and AARP, Mayors and other officials from New England and New York State communities came together to address regional challenges and forge innovative approaches to creating great places to live that sustain economic growth and improve the quality of life for residents – of all ages.

 

Presentations

Keynote

John Norquist, DePaul University

 

Creating Great Public Spaces

Chris McCahill, State Smart Transportation Initiative

George Proakis, Somerville, MA

Jane Lafleur, Friends of Midcoast Maine

 

Funding Livable Communities

Kim Irwin, Health by Design

Jess Zimbabwe, ULI Rose Center

Nate Wildfire, Burlington, VT

 

Involving Your Community

Patricia M. Sears, AARP Vermont State President

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayors Innovation Project

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill, NC

Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, VT

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Friday, December 12

6:00pm

Welcome Reception

Hosted by AARP Vermont State Office

Van Ness Room, Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401

​7:00pm

Dinner and Keynote

Welcome from Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, VT

John Norquist, DePaul University

Juniper Hall, Hotel Vermont

9:00pm

​Adjourn


Saturday, December 13

​7:45am

Shuttle departs Hotel Vermont

8:00am

Breakfast and Registration

Champlain College, Hauke Conference Rm, Hauke Family Campus Center, 375 Maple St, Burlington VT 05401

8:30am

Welcome and Introductions: Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayors Innovation Project

​9:00am

Introduction to the day: Nancy LeaMond, AARP State & National Group

​9:30am

Creating Great Public Spaces

Chris McCahill, State Smart Transportation Initiative

George Proakis, Somerville, MA

Jane Lafleur, Friends of Midcoast Maine

Moderator: Mayor John Hollar, Montpelier VT

​11:00am

​Break

11:15am

Funding Livable Communities

Kim Irwin, Healthcare by Design

Jess Zimbabwe, ULI Rose Center

Nate Wildfire, Burlington, VT

Moderator: Councilmember Seth Yurdin, Providence, RI

​12:45pm

​Lunch

​1:45pm

Involving Your Community

Patricia M. Sears, AARP Vermont State President

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill, NC

Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, VT

Moderator: Mayor Joanne Yepsen, Saratoga Springs, NY

3:15pm

Break

​3:30pm

Tour of Champlain College and Downtown Burlington

Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, VT

President Don Laackman, Champlain College

David Provost, Champlain College

Ron Redmond, Church Street Marketplace

3:30pm

Shuttle departs Champlain College.

​4:30pm

​Adjourn



Meeting Materials

Resources

Livable Communities: Newsletter, AARP. Read more.



Livability Fact Sheets, AARP. Read more.



The Ten Steps of Walkability, Kaid Benfield, NRDC Switchboard. Read more.



Form-Based Codes Defined, Form-Based Codes Institute. Read more.



Fact Sheet 1: An Overview of the Recommended Practice, Congress for the New Urbanism. Read more.



7 Simple Ways to Make Every City Friendly to Pedestrians, Jordan Golson, Wired. Read more.



Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: A Low-Cost, High-Impact Approach, Project for Public Spaces. Read more.



Road Diets: A Livability Fact Sheet, AARP and Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. Read more.



Sidewalks: A Livability Fact Sheet, AARP and Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. Read more.



Street Trees: A Livability Fact Sheet, AARP and Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. Read more.



Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places, Thomas W. Eitler, Edward T. McMahon, Theodore C. Thoerig, Urban Land Institute. Read more.



Mayor Miro Weinberger Announces Downtown Parking Changes, City of Burlington, VT. Read more.



Resolution Relating to Launching the Downtown Parking Improvement Initiative, City of Burlington, VT. Read more.



Lure of Green Cards Brings Big Investments for Remote Resort in Vermont, Katharine Q. Seelye, New York Times. Read more.



Getting Community Input: A Better Way to Plan and Grow, Jane Lafleur, Friends of Midcoast Maine. Read more.



13 Steps to Public Engagement, Plan BTV. Read more.



5 Questions for Patricia Sears, Melissa Stanton, AARP. Read more.



Newport to Become an Age Friendly Community, Dave Reville, AAARP. Read more.



Fresh Start Community Garden, Vermont PBS. Video.



Additional Resources Available Here:

PlanBTV, City of Burlington, VT

Winter 2012 Meeting, Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper

Summer 2013 Meeting, Walkable Urbanism

 

 

State Specific Data Sheets

Resources

Wisconsin, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



Vermont, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



Rhode Island, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



New Hampshire, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



New York, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



North Carolina, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



Minnesota, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



Massachusetts, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



Maine, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



Indiana, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



Illinois, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



District of Columbia, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



Connecticut, AARP and Oxford Economics. Read more.



Name, Title, City/Organization

Rachelle Armstrong, Councilor, Mayor Pro Tem, Plattsburgh, NY
Dona Bate, City Council Member, Montpelier, VT
William Benton, Mayor, Vergennes, VT
Ilona Blanchard, Project Director, South Burlington, VT
Emily Boedecker, Executive Director, Local Motion, VT
Kelly Clark, Northeast Regional VP, AARP, NH
K R Decarreau, City Manager, Winooski, VT
David Doonan, Mayor, Greenwich, NY
Christien DuBois, Liaison to the Mayor, Somersworth, NH
Nora Duncan, State Director, AARP CT, CT
Todd Fahey, State Director, AARP NH, NH
Heather Famico, City Councillor, Salem, MA
John Ferrari, City Councilmember, Schenectady, NY
Beth Finkel, State Director, AARP NY, NY
Liz Gamache, Mayor, Saint Albans, VT
Jennifer Green, Sustainability Coordinator, Burlington, VT
Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, VT Department of Housing and Community Development, VT
John Hollar, Mayor, Montpelier, VT
Kim Irwin, Executive Director, Health by Design, IN
James Irwin, Senior Associate, Mayors Innovation Project, WI
Mike Kanarick, Chief of Staff, Burlington, VT
Jennifer Kaulius, Mayor's Assistant, Burlington, VT
Michael Kelly, City Councilor, Plattsburgh, NY
Ruth Kelly, City Commissioner, Grand Rapids, MI
Alisa Klein, City Councilor, Northampton, MA
Mark Kleinschmidt, Mayor, Chapel Hill, NC
Joe Klopfenstein, Alderman, Vergennes, VT
Emily Koo, Deputy Director of Policy, Providence, RI
Jane Lafleur, Executive Director, Friends of Midcoast Maine and The Community Institute, ME
Craig Langford, Senior Advisor, AARP, DC
Nathan LaRose, Assistant to the Mayor, Fitchburg, MA
Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President, AARP, DC
Marci LeFevre, Senior Advisor, AARP Education & Outreach, DC
Victor Lopez Jr, Alderman, Waterbury, CT
Greg Marchildon, State Director, AARP VT, VT
Lydia Martinez, Councilmember, Bridgeport, CT
Kate Maynard, Planning, Saratoga Springs, NY
Chris McCahill, Senior Associate, State Smart Transportation Initiative, WI
Carolyn McLaughlin, President, Albany Common Council, NY
Erin Mitchell, Manager of Community Outreach, AARP NY, NY
Paul Monette, Mayor, Newport, VT
Peter Morelli, Consultant, AARP ME, ME
John Norquist, Professor, DePaul U. Chicago, Il, IL
Pat Nowak, Chair, City Council, South Burlington, VT
Michael O'Brien, Mayor, Winooski, VT
Peter Owens, Director Economic & Community Development, Burlington, VT
George Proakis, Director of Planning, Somerville, MA
Chad Putman, Deputy City Clerk, Schenectady, NY
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project, WI
Jacob Robison, Environmental Programs Coordinator, Bridgeport, CT
Gina-Louise Sciarra, City Councilor, Northampton, MA
Patricia M. Sears, State President, AARP VT
Gabrielle Smith, Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships, Orton Family Foundation, VT
Chapin Spencer, Director, Dept of Public Works, Burlington, VT
Kelly Stoddard Poor, Associate State Director, AARP VT, VT
Maxwell Tracy, City Councilor, Burlington, VT
William A. Travascio, Director of Constituent Services, Somersworth, NH
Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, Co-Lead, Livable Communities, AARP, VT
Miro Weinberger, Mayor, Burlington, VT
Stacy Weinberger, VT
David White, Director, Dept. of Planning & Zoning, VT
Nathan Wildfire, Assistant Director of Economic Development, Community and Economic Development Office, VT
Scott Williams, City Councilor, Gardiner, ME
Wanda Willingham, Executive Assistant, Albany County, NY
Joanne Yepsen, Mayor, Saratoga Springs, NY
Eranthie Yeshwant, Strategic Planning Project Administrator, Winooski, VT
Seth Yurdin, Councilman, Providence, RI
Jess Zimbabwe, Executive Director, Rose Center, Urban Land Institute, DC