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Winter 2011 Meeting

At the Winter 2011 meeting in Washington, DC we talked about Neighborhood Economic Development, Green Solutions for Stormwater, Sustainable Neighborhoods and Transportation Finance.  We also talked about the implications of the November elections for cites. 

Friday, January 21

​2:00 - 2:30pm

Registration and Welcome

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Madison, WI and Joel Rogers, COWS

​2:30 - 4:15pm

Smart Transportation

Moderator: Valarie McCall, City of Cleveland OH

Roy Kienitz, Under Secretary of Transportation

Dan Reuter, Atlanta Regional Commission

Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County Board

Denny Zane, Move LA

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles CA*

​4:15 - 4:30pm

​Break

​4:30 - 6:30pm

Getting to Better Building Stock

Moderator: Heidi Davison, former Mayor of Athens GA

Aleisha Khan, Building Codes Assistance Project

Leslie Cook, ENERGY STAR

Laurie Kerr, New York City

Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City UT

Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle WA

​6:30 - 7:00pm

​Reception

​7:00 - 9:00pm

​Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation and The Center for American Progress and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.


Saturday, January 22

​8:00 - 8:30am

​Breakfast

​8:30 - 10:30am

Green Solutions for Stormwater

Moderator: Mayor Bob Kiss, Burlington VT

Steve Moddemeyer, CollinsWoerman

Bob Adair, Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum

Howard Neukrug, Philadelphia PA

Katherine Baer, American Rivers

​10:30 - 10:45am

​Break

​10:45 - 12:45pm

New Tools for Place-based Economic Development

Moderator: Mayor George Heartwell, Grand Rapids MI

Joan Pu, Kansas City MO

India Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation

David Zipper, Deputy Mayor’s Office, Washington DC

Dan Kildee, Center for Community Progress

​1:00pm

​Adjourn



  • Good Ideas for Cities

    The Mayors’ Innovation Project would like to recognize and thank our dues-paying member cities for you support of the Project. Without you, we wouldn’t exist! As a small way of saying thanks, this section features innovative things our member cities around the country are working on.

  • Smart Transportation

    Funding for smart transportation is a perennial challenge for cities. We’ll learn about innovations in planning and financing from around the country, as well as what’s happening at the federal level.

  • Getting to Better Building Stock

    What can your city do to create more sustainable urban infrastructure? How can you go beyond individual green buildings? We’ll look at zoning, building codes, design standards, and more, and hear what cities around the country are doing.

  • Keynote
  • Green Solutions for Stormwater

    This panel will focus on taking green infrastructure to scale in a number of ways, including working across departments, with the development community, and putting it into policy as well as practice. We’ll hear from cities and experts, describing work done in Seattle, Houston, Chicago and more.

  • New Tools for Place-Based Economic Development

    Traditional economic development tools have not been as successful as we would hope in helping low and moderate income neighborhoods and locally owned or small businesses. What are the new tools that can help impacted neighborhoods, existing local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs? We’ll hear a variety of approaches from different cities.

Good Ideas for Cities

Resources

Athens Area Arts Council: You, Me and the Bus - An Art in Transit Initiative in Partnership with the, Athens-Clarke County. Read more.



New Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Administration Building, Athens-Clarke County. Read more.



Athens-Clarke County Multimodal Transportation Center, Athens-Clarke County. Read more.



Athens-Clarke County Multimodal Transportation Center, Athens-Clarke County. Read more.



Transformative Green Planning for the City of Auburn, Washington, City of Auburn, WA, January 3rd, 2011. Read more.



Office of the Mayor, Chris Doherty, January 1st, 2014. Read more.



Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan: A Foundation for a Vibrant City Center, Office of Mayor Tom Bates, Berkeley, CA, January 1st, 2011. Read more.



Smart Transportation

Resources

Arterial Construction Fee Program, City of Billings, Montana Land Use and Transportation Tool Kit. Read more.



Optimism on Villaraigosa’s 30/10 Initiative, Tim Rutten, January 1st, 2011. Read more.



LA Metro 30/10 Initiative, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Read more.



Annual Legislative Report, Counties Transit Improvement Board, February 1st, 2009. Read more.



Transit “Makes Cents”, Counties Transit Improvement Board, September 14th, 2010. Read more.



Livable Centers Initiative 2010, Atlanta Regional Commission, January 1st, 2014. Read more.



An Analysis of HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning and Community Challenge Grants, Reconnecting America, November 10th, 2010. Read more.



A Year of Progress toward Stronger Neighborhoods, Partnership for Sustainable Communities, June 1st, 2010. Read more.



Speakers

Roy Kienitz currently serves as the Under Secretary for Policy at the United States Department of Transportation. He was sworn in as Under Secretary in May 2009. In this capacity, Mr. Kienitz assists the Secretary in formulating national policies affecting surface transportation and aviation. As mentioned in his confirmation hearing, Under Secretary Kienitz shares Secretary LaHood’s goals of making safety, livability, sustainability, and economic recovery the primary objectives of the Department.
 
Mr. Kienitz has received various awards including the Special Recognition Award from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior for work promoting new transportation strategies for National Parks. Originally from California, Kienitz earned his bachelor’s degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983.
 
Dan Reuter has been the Division Chief of Land Use Planning for the Atlanta Regional Commission since 1999. This division of ARC is responsible for comprehensive planning duties under the Georgia Planning Act including the Regional Development Plan,  review of local Comprehensive Plans, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) and overall development of regional land use policy. The division manages the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program; coordinates the annual Unified Growth Policy Map (UGPM) and forecasts with local planning agencies; regional greenspace and housing planning activities. Reuter serves as Chairman of the ARC Land Use Coordinating Committee (LUCC).
 
Reuter received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business in 1988 and his Master of Science degree from Georgia State University in 1992.
 
Peter McLaughlin joined the Hennepin County Board in 1990. He is presently chair of the Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority, co‐chair of the Intergovernmental Committee and chair of the Public Works, Energy & Environment Committee. He coordinated the regional effort with the help of labor, business and the community in successfully lobbying for Light Rail Transit (LRT) funding which led to the opening of Minnesota’s first light rail line, the Hiawatha Line, in 2004. In 2008, he was instrumental in establishing a dedicated funding source to expand the region’s transit system of light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit lines. He presently serves as chair of the Counties 
Transit Improvement Board (or CTIB), which invests revenues from the five‐ county metro sales tax for transitways.
 
In 1971 Mr. McLaughlin received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and  his Masters degree from the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the Universityof Minnesota in 1977.
 
Denny Zane is Executive Director of Move LA, an organization that coalesces environmental, labor, business, and community leaders and organizations to champion the development of a clean, efficient, and robust transit system for Los Angeles County. Move LA played a leading role in creating the coalition and campaign for Measure R, placed before Los Angeles County voters by LA Metro on November 4, 2008. Measure R provided for a 1/2 cent sales tax increase for transportation purposes. It was approved  by nearly 68% of voters and will generate nearly $40 billion in new transportation funding over the next 30 years, 70% of which will be spent for public transit projects and services.  With the victory for Measure R, Move LA and Zane turned their attention to championing the creation of a National Infrastructure Development Bank in order to secure with the help of the federal government, low‐interest financing that could ensure the accelerated development Measure R transit projects
 
From 1981 to 1994, Zane served as a city councilmember and one term as Mayor of Santa Monica, California. He began his advocacy career as co‐manager of the Santa Monica rent control campaigns of the late 1970’s and founded Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights, the progressive community coalition which has held a city council majority in Santa Monica for 24 of the past 30 years and has championed affordable housing, social services for the poor and homeless, a broad portfolio of environmental programs and policies. Zane is also formerly the Executive Director of the Coalition for Clean Air from 1992‐94. Zane is a graduate of Occidental College, class of 1969.
 
Antonio R. Villaraigosa was elected the 41st mayor of Los Angeles in 2005. Villaraigosa  is known for his exceptional skill at building broad bi‐partisan coalitions and is considered one of the leading progressive voices in the country. His mayoral platform emphasizes finding solutions to the major issues facing Los Angeles including education, transportation, public safety, economic development and ethics.
 
At the age of 15, Villaraigosa began his lifelong involvement with the labor movement as a volunteer with the farm workers movement, later he served as a field representative/organizer with the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). He also is a   past President of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Federation of Government Employees. In 1994, Villaraigosa was elected to the California State Assembly; four years later, his colleagues elected him the first Assembly Speaker from Los Angeles in 25 years.
 
In 2003, he won the 14th District Los Angeles City Council Seat. During his tenure on the City Council, he championed many of the issues he is addressing today as Mayor and is widely credited with resolving the MTA transit strike, creating the largest passive parkon the Eastside and Los Angeles, and protecting funding for the Arts.
Getting to Better Building Stock

Resources

Energy Audits and Retrocommissioning, New York, July 1st, 2010. Read more.



Lighting Upgrades and Sub-Metering in Tenant Spaces, New York, July 1st, 2010. Read more.



NYC Energy Conservation Code: Local Law 85, State of New York, December 28th, 2009. Read more.



Local Law 84, City of New York, NY. Read more.



Sustainable City Code Initiative, City of Salt Lake. Read more.



State and Local Governments Leveraging Energy Star, Environmental Protection Agency, November 30th, 2010. Read more.



EnergyStar Portfolio Manager Overview, Environmental Protection Agency. Read more.



Incremental Cost Analysis, BCAP, January 1st, 2011. Read more.



Getting to Next Generation Neighborhoods, Portland Sustainability Institute, January 1st, 2010. Read more.



Empowering the Market: How Building Energy Performance Rating and Disclosure Policies Encourage U.S., Andrew Burr, Cliff Majersik, David Goldstein, and Nick Zigelbaum, Institute for Market Transformation, January 1st, 2010. Read more.



Why Energy Codes Matter, The Online Code Environment and Advocacy Network, October 26th, 2009. Read more.



IMT Model Statutory Language for States or Localities to Require Building Benchmarking, Institute for Market Transformation, January 1st, 2014. Read more.



Background on the Economic Benefits of Building Energy Performance Benchmarking, Disclosure and Labe, Institute for Market Transformation. Read more.



Introduction to Commercial Building Energy Rating and Disclosure Policies, Institute for Market Transformation, December 31st, 1969. Read more.



San Antonio: A Case Study for Advance Codes, Building Codes Assistance Project. Read more.



An Overview of the Seattle Code Enforcement Process, The Online Code Environment and Advocacy Network. Read more.



10 Places to Watch in 2010: Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Online Code Environment and Advocacy Network. Read more.



Commercial and Multi-Family Disclosure Requirement, City of Seattle, WA. Read more.



Priority Green, Seattle Department of Planning and Development. Read more.



Community Power Works Program Overview, Community Power Works, Community Power Works. Read more.



Speakers

Aleisha Khan is the executive director of BCAP—a non‐profit organization that has assisted with the adoption, implementation, and advancement of building energy codes around the U.S. and abroad for over 16 years. BCAP is a joint initiative of three major U.S. energy and environmental organizations—the Alliance to Save Energy, the Natural Resource Defense Council, and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
 
Prior to BCAP, Ms. Khan managed utility programs and technical projects on building commissioning in the U.S. and Canada for Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. Her other work includes consulting for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR commercial buildings program and serving as the Director for the Institute for Market Transformation. Ms. Khan holds bachelor and master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois and a master’s in resource economics and policy from Duke University.
 
Laurie Kerr is a Senior Policy Advisor for the New York City’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, where she helped develop PlaNYC, including the city’s greenhouse gas reduction plan, the existing building energy legislation, and the greening of the city’s codes.  Her previous position was as the Chief of Sustainable Research for New York City’s Department of Design and Construction, the agency which pioneered green building practices in New York City government.   She is a NYS licensed architect with over fifteen years experience practicing architecture, and her architectural criticism has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Architectural Record.  Prior to receiving her M. Arch. from Harvard, Laurie earned degrees in engineering and physics.  

Ralph Becker was sworn in as Mayor of Salt Lake City in January, 2008. Prior to being elected Mayor, he was a member of the Utah House of Representatives, from 1996 to 2007, serving seven years in leadership including five years as the House Democratic Leader.

As Mayor, Ralph has been an advocate for expanding mobility options within Salt Lake City, including expanding trails and bikeways and developing light rail and street car opportunities. He has also significantly expanded protections for the Cityʹs LGBT individuals through the Mutual Commitment Registry and Non‐Discrimination ordinances. As Mayor, Ralph Becker has actively expanded public input opportunities, access to City information, and the decision making process. During the recession, Mayor Becker overcame the largest budget gaps in the Cityʹs history without raising taxes, reductions in core City services, or significant layoffs.
 
Mayor Becker is a professional planner (FAICP) and lawyer. He founded the consulting firm Bear West in Salt Lake City in 1985, specializing in community planning, environmental assessment, public lands, land use, consensus building, and public involvement. He received a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and received his J.D. and Master’s Degree in Geography and Planning from the University of Utah in 1977 and 1982.Leslie Cook is a Program Manager with the U.S. EPAʹs ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings program and works with state and local governments to protect the climate through increased energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. Leslie has a B.A in Environmental Studies from Marietta College and a Masterʹs in Environmental Science and sustainable buildings from  Miami University. Prior to her time with ENERGY STAR, Leslie worked with the EPA Green Building Workgroup as a National Environmental Management Studies Fellow.
 
Mike McGinn was elected the 52nd mayor of Seattle in November of 2009 and has been active in politics, law, and environmental advocacy since graduating college. He received his bachelorʹs degree, in economics, from Williams College in Massachusetts, and then worked for Oregon Democratic Congressman Jim Weaver as a legislative aide. After moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington Law School, he served as president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, where he led campaigns to provide better housing and health benefits for students.
 
After graduating from law school, McGinn joined the Seattle law firm Stokes Lawrence and   later became partner. He chaired the local chapter of the Sierra Club, where he oversaw work on state and local issues, and served on the organizationʹs national political committee. McGinn left the law firm to found Great City—a Seattle nonprofit that brought together neighbors, environmentalists, and business leaders advocating for smart and responsible urbanism as the solution to many local, economic, and environmental challenges.
 
In 2007 Mayor McGinn led a grassroots campaign to defeat a ʺRoads and Transitʺ ballotmeasure that would have required Seattle to help pay for 180 miles of suburban highways. The following year he worked to help pass the Sound Transit ballot measure to expand light rail. In 2008 McGinn co‐chaired the Seattle Parks for All campaign that resulted in voter approval of the cityʹs parks levy. Before being elected mayor, McGinn also served on many neighborhoodand environmental advisory committees.
 
Leslie Cook is a Program Manager with the U.S. EPAʹs ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings program and works with state and local governments to protect the climate through increased energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. Leslie has a B.A in Environmental Studies from Marietta College and a Masterʹs in Environmental Science and sustainable buildings from Miami University. Prior to her time with ENERGY STAR, Leslie worked with the EPA Green Building Workgroup as a National Environmental Management Studies Fellow.
Keynote

Speaker

Ruy Teixeira is a Senior Fellow at both The Century Foundation and American Progress. He is also a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, where he recently co-directed a joint Brookings-American Enterprise Institute project on political demography and geography, “The Future of Red, Blue and, Purple America,” and wrote a series of reports with William Frey on the political geography of battleground states in the 2008 election.

He is the author or co-author of six books, including Red, Blue and Purple America: The Future of Election Demographics; The Emerging Democratic Majority; America’s Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters; and The Disappearing American Voter, as well as hundreds of articles, both scholarly and popular. He also writes Public Opinion Snapshot, a weekly feature featured on the CAP and TCF websites.

Teixeira's book, The Emerging Democratic Majority, written with John Judis (Scribner, 2002), was the most widely discussed political book of that year and generated praise across the political spectrum, from George Will on the right to E.J. Dionne on the left. It was selected as one of the best books of the year by The Economist magazine.

Teixeira's recent writings include "Demographic Change and the Future of the Parties," "The European Paradox" (with Matt Browne and John Halpin), “New Progressive America,” "New Progressive America: The Millennial Generation" (with David Madland), and “The Decline of the White Working Class and the Rise of a Mass Upper Middle Class” (with Alan Abramowitz).

Green Solutions for Stormwater

Resources

Sampling of links associated with Sustainability in City of Chicago, City of Chicago. Read more.



Driving Adoption, Adaptation and Implementation of Low Impact Development: The Houston Story, Dov Weitman, Land/Water Sustainability Forum, January 1st, 2010. Read more.



Vibrant Metabolic Landscapes: A Sustainable District Study for Yesler Terrace, Steven Moddemeyer, CollinsWoerman, February 10th, 2010. Read more.



10 Steps to Make an Eco-District, Steve Moddemeyer, CollinsWoerman. Read more.



Increasing the Value of Government Spending in a Time of Budget Constraints, Steve Moddemeyer, CollinsWoerman, January 1st, 2014. Read more.



Functional Landscapes: Assessing Elements of Seattle Green Factor, Jason Hirst, Jonathan Morley, and Katie Bang, The Berger Partnership PS Landscape Architecture, January 1st, 2008. Read more.



Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure, United States Environmental Protection Agency, September 1st, 2008. Read more.



The Value of Green Infrastructure, American Rivers, American Rivers, December 31st, 1969. Read more.



Speakers

Steve Moddemeyer leads CollinsWoerman’s Sustainable Development practice. He is a thought leader with more than 19 years of experience leading governments, planners, architects, land owners, and project teams towards increased sustainability. He specializes in creating tools and alternative strategies that lead to resilient infrastructure systems for cities and large developments. He has extensive experience with complex public/private development issues and the development of sustainable strategies for major capital improvement projects.
 
As a consultant, Steve is leading the global program called Cities of the Future for the International Water Association. This has taken him from Stockholm to Singapore, Istanbul to Rio de Janeiro. Steve recently completed the Sustainable District Study for  the Yesler Terrace redevelopment in Seattle where his team of technical and economic experts developed cost effective and sustainable district strategies for water, energy, and solid waste.
 
Bob Adair is the founder of the Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum, which is actively driving the adoption, adaptation and implementation of sustainable development practices in the greater Houston area. Bob received the Citizens Environmental Coalition’s Synergy Award for Sustainability in 2010 for his work in developing this very successful collaborative effort which engages, and fills the gaps between, the key constituent groups whose efforts are required to achieve holistic, sustainable development.
 
Bob’s firm, Construction EcoServices, is a market leader in Texas, drawing on years of experience and a diversity of partnerships to provide best‐in‐class systems and services for storm water management. The company’s underlying goal is to consistently improve environmental performance by raising compliance levels, while lowering total costs of compliance through the application of innovation and focus.
 
Howard Neukrug is a local and national leader in the drinking water, water resource and wastewater utility industry, recognized as a builder of regional and inter‐agency coalitions and trust‐based relationships with regulators, legislators, and communities. His strong environmental ethics combine with his ability to inspire staff and colleagues to implement effective and innovative water management strategies.
 
He is the founder of Philadelphia’s Office of Watersheds and the creator of its “Clean Water, Green Cities” program which integrates land‐based urban sustainability goals with the goals for clean, safe, attractive and accessible rivers and streams and protecteddrinking water supplies. He has provided expert testimony before Congress on issues of infrastructure, utility capital financing and the impacts of lead in drinking water, and has presented in hundreds of forums nationwide.
 
He is a Professional Engineer and a graduate in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently teaching a course on “Water, Science, Politics”.
 
Katherine Baer is Senior Director of American River’s Clean Water Program, where she leads federal clean water policy work on reducing sewage and stormwater and  increasing green infrastructure. As part of this work, Katherine has worked with utilities, states and local communities to increase the use of green infrastructure as an effective method to reduce stormwater, flooding and sewer overflows and to incorporate these techniques as part of climate adaptation strategies. At American Rivers she has participated on the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Sustainable Infrastructure and on  EPA’s Climate Ready Utility Workgroup.
 
Before joining American Rivers she worked as a policy analyst for the legal think tank the Center for Progressive Reform focusing on toxics reform and EPA research and priority setting. Prior to that she served as Director of Headwaters Conservation for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in Georgia where she worked on policies for stream buffer protection, reservoir water quality standards, and stream restoration. Katherine has an M.S in Conservation Ecology from the University of Georgia, her JD from the University of Maryland, where she graduated Order of the Coif, and a BA  in Environmental Studies from Stanford University.
New Tools for Place-Based Economic Development

Resources

Incentives, Microloans Pay Off for Boulder, Local Businesses, Amy Bounds, Daily Camera, January 4th, 2011. Read more.



Syracuse: Urban Revitalization Through Education, Innovation and Preservation, Stephanie Miner, NYREJ, October 26th, 2010. Read more.



Lack of Capital Threatening to Derail your Growth Plans?, Seattle Office of Economic Development. Read more.



City establishes $40 million financing program to spur growth in Seattle neighborhoods, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development , May 3rd, 2010. Read more.



Radical Renewal, Josh Goodman, Governing, February 1st, 2009. Read more.



Land Banks as a Redevelopment Tool , Dan Kildee, September 1st, 2010. Read more.



A Sense of Place: Place-based grantmaking in practice, Neighborhood funders group, January 1st, 2010. Read more.



Green Impact Zone of Missouri, The Green Impact Zone. Read more.



Directories Map Business Reality, Potential, Ed Finkel, August 17th, 2006. Read more.



Let’s Stimulate ‘Demand‐Driven’ Community Development, Joseph Kriesberg, April 28th, 2010. Read more.



East Garfield Pursues Retail Possibilities, Ed Finkel, May 5th, 2006. Read more.



Community-owned stores: New anchors for older main streets, Stacy Mitchell, National Trust for Historic Preservation , June 1st, 2008. Read more.



Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, The Reinvestment Fund. Read more.



Growing Economic Gardens, Emily Vines , American City and County, April 1st, 2010. Read more.



LISC/MetroEdge uncovers $2 billion in retail potential in NCP communities, Ed Finkel, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, June 22nd, 2006. Read more.



Speakers

India Pierce Lee is Program Director for Neighborhoods, Housing, and Community Development in the Cleveland Foundation. She has 22 years of experience in housing and community development. She helps lead the foundationʹs revitalization efforts in the Greater University Circle area, an initiative that involves everything from transportation and housing assistance to education, safety, community wealth, and economic inclusion.
 
Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, India served as Senior Vice President of Programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc. (NPI), where she led several joint initiatives, including the Cleveland Neighborhood Partnership Program. She was also Senior Program Director with the Northeast Ohio Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Director of The Empowerment Zone with the City of Clevelandʹs department of Economic Development, and Executive Director of Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation. Prior to that, she worked as an air traffic control specialist.
 
David Zipper serves as Director of Business Development and Strategy within the mayorʹs office in Washington DC, where he directs economic development policy to maximize tax revenue and drive job creation within the District. Davidʹs responsibilities include developing new multi‐million dollar business incentive programs, promoting neighborhood and downtown retail development, and handling high‐priority business attraction prospects.
 
David has previously served as Executive Director of NYC Business Solutions within Mayor Michael Bloombergʹs administration in New York City, where he designed, implemented, and managed a $6 million economic development initiative called Training Funds that helps businesses expand employment opportunities for low‐income residents. In two years over 75 businesses and 3,000 residents benefited from the Training Funds program, with trainees receiving average wage gains of 11%. David has worked as a Senior Associate at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a non‐profit organization promoting private‐sector led investment in inner cities across the United States. He has also researched economic issues at the Brookings Institution and co‐ founded the Empowerment Group, a community development non‐profit organization in North Philadelphia.
 
Daniel T. Kildee is the Co‐Founder and President of the Center for Community Progress. The Center is a national organization dedicated to policy, research, and technical assistance to support the productive re‐useand revitalization of vacant, abandoned, and underutilized property –  particularly in America’s cities with offices in Flint, Michigan, and Washington, DC.
 
Prior to founding the Center, Kildee served as Genesee County Treasurer from 1997‐ 2009. Before his election as Treasurer, Mr. Kildee served for 12 years as a Genesee County Commissioner, including 5 years as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. Kildee also has served as President of the Genesee Institute, a research and training institute focusing on Smart Growth, urban land reform, and land banking. Dan Kildee is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Vacant Properties Campaign. The Center for Community Progress is the successor to the Genesee Institute and the National Vacant Properties Campaign.
 
Kildee initiated the use of Michigan’s new tax foreclosure law as a tool for community development and neighborhood stabilization. He founded the Genesee Land Bank ‐ Michigan’s first land bank, and a model for others around the nation ‐ and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
 
Joan Pu is the Director of Policy Analysis at the Mayor’s Office, City of Kansas City, Missouri. She reviews and analyzes policies in areas virtually including every aspect of a local government, such as finance, economic development, environment, and information technology. She leads her team to conduct researches, evaluate policy options, and advise the Mayor to ensure that city policies are consistent with economic principles, sound public policies, mayor’s priorities, and the goals of Kansas City residents.
 
Ms. Pu is also the staff liaison of the Mayor’s Office to the Kansas City Global Commission. The commission assists and supports city’s leadership in global matters that enhance Kansas City’s competitiveness in the emerging global economy.
 
Prior to her current position, Ms. Pu was the Assistant Manager of Strategic Planning at the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, City of Kansas City, Missouri, from 1994 to 1997. One of her accomplishments was having designed a framework for the city’s long term strategic plan. The framework has been applied in other communities across the nation.

Name, Title, City/Organization

Robert Adair, Steering Committee Chair, Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum
Katherine Baer, Senior Director, Clean Water Program, American Rivers
Tom Bates, Mayor, City of Berkeley, CA
Dan Bates, Thorn Run Partners
Ralph Becker, Mayor, City of Salt Lake City, UT
Stephen Benjamin, Mayor, City of Columbia, SC
Richard Berry, Mayor, City of Albuquerque, NM
Dave Bieter, Mayor, City of Boise, ID
Erich Bourgault, President, Chippewa Cree Energy/NESD
Rebecca Byers, DC Staff Director, City of Louisville, KY
Steve Cassidy, Mayor, City of San Leandro, CA
Dave Cieslewicz, Mayor, City of Madison, WI
Christopher Coleman, Mayor, City of Saint Paul, MN
Leslie Cook, Program Manager, US EPA Energy Star
T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, City of Des Moines, IA
Stephanie Cutter, Acting Assistant City Manager, City of Savannah, GA
Henrietta Davis, Vice Mayor, City of Cambridge, MA
Heidi Davison, Mayor, Athens-Clarke County, GA
John Dickert, Mayor, City of Racine, WI
Kari Dickinson, Communications Manager, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Christopher, Doherty Mayor, City of Scranton, PA
Lisa Donner, Executive Director, Americans For Financial Reform
Paul Dyster, Mayor, City of Niagara Falls, NY
Greg Fischer, Mayor, City of Louisville, KY
Ralph Garboushian, Washington Representative, Columbia/Sumter
Daune Gardner, Mayor, Town of Waxhaw, NC
Terry Gillen, Director of Federal Affairs, City of Philadelphia, PA
John Hamilton
George Heartwell, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, MI
James Irwin, Senior Associate, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Laurie Kerr, City of New York, NY
Aleisha Khan, Executive Director, Building Codes Assistance Project
Roy Kienitz, Under Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation
Daniel Kildee, Co-founder and President, Center for Community Progress
PJ Kim, Executive Director, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy
Bob Kiss, Mayor, City of Burlington, VT
Julia Klaiber, Director of External Affairs, CEOs for Cities
Mark Kleinschmidt, Mayor, Town of Chapel Hill, NC
Scott Kubly, Associate Director, Washington, DC/DDOT
Aaron Lande, Sustainable Cities Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
India Lee, Program Director, Cleveland Foundation
Virginia Lee, Special Assistant, U.S. EPA
Gary Leitzell, Mayor, City of Dayton, OH
Pete Lewis, Mayor, City of Auburn, WA
Marco Lowe, Director, Office of Intergovernmental Relations, City of Seattle, WA
Craig Lowe, Mayor, Gainesville
Michele Mackey, Project Manager, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
John Marks, Mayor, City of Tallahassee, FL
Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs, City of Cleveland, OH
Joseph McElveen, Mayor, City of Sumter, SC
Michael McGinn, Mayor, City of Seattle, WA
Peter McLaughlin, Commissioner, Hennepin County , MN
Megan Middleton, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager, City of Atlanta, GA
Steve Moddemeyer, Principal, CollinsWoerman
Peter Mulvaney, Assistant Commissioner, City of Chicago, IL
Howard Neukrug, Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Water
Dave Norris, Mayor, City of Charlottesville, VA
Rolando Ortiz-Velzquez, Mayor, Municipality of Cayey
Betsy Otto VP, Conservation and Strategic Partnerships, American Rivers
Ronald Papsdorf, Government Relations Manager, CIty of Gresham
Annise Parker, Mayor, City of Houston, TX
Ed Pawlowski, Mayor, City of Allentown, PA
Kitty Piercy, Mayor, City of Eugene, OR
David Pope, Village President, Village of Oak Park, IL
Joan Pu, Policy Director, City of Kansas City, MO
Jean Quan, Mayor, City of Oakland, CA
Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta, GA
Dan Reuter, Division Chief, Atlanta Regional Commission
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Senior Associate, Mayors' Innovation Project
Joel Rogers, Director, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Matthew Ryan, Mayor, City of Binghamton, NY
Bob Ryan, Mayor, City of Sheboygan, WI
James Schmitt, Mayor, City Of Green Bay, WI
Len Simon, Washington Representative, Simon and Company, Inc
Julie Sinai, Chief of Staff to the Mayor, City of Berkeley, CA
Jacob Smith, Mayor, City of Golden, CO
Kevin Snyder, Planning Director, City of Auburn, WA
Rachel Strauch-Nelson, Communications Director, City of Madison, WI
Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Denny Zane, Executive Director, Move LA
David Zipper, Director of Business Development and Strategy, Washington DC