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Past: Summer 2018 Annual Meeting

 

Thank you for joining us!

Thank so much to everyone that joined us in Grand Rapids for a fantastic three days of good ideas and beautiful weather! We sincerely hope you left inspired and with many new ideas to improve the quality of life in your own city. Another big thank you to our Summer Meeting hosts, Mayor Bliss and her amazing team in Grand Rapids. 

The Summer 2018 Annual Meeting was an opportunity for Mayors and senior staff to see and learn about the great work happening in cities up close while still digging deep into the most pressing challenges (and solutions) that most cities face. 


Presentations

Equitable Economic Development
Tracey Ross, PolicyLink
Tyler Bump, Portland, OR
Kara Wood, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Innovation Showcase

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids, MI
Mayor Pam Hemminger, Chapel Hill, NC
Mayor Jim Throgmorton, Iowa City, IA
Mayor William McLeod, Hoffman Estates, IL
Mayor Al Heggins, Salisbury, NC
Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, VT
Veneeth Iyengar, Baton Rouge, LA
Mayor Bill Carpenter, Brockton, MA
Adrienne Holloway, Aurora, IL
Adria Finch, Syracuse, NY

 
 
The Water/Energy Nexus: Aiming for Net Zero Water Utilities

Neal Elliott, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Alison Sutter, Grand Rapids, MI

Mayor Mike Wiza, Stevens Point, WI
 
The Benefits of Healthy Urban Forests

Karen Firehock, Green Infrastructure Center Inc.
Stephanie Adams, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
Mayor Pam Hemminger, Chapel Hill, NC 

 

From Buzzword to Reality: Smart Cities in Practice

Melanie Nutter, Nutter Consulting
Josh Naramore, Grand Rapids, MI
Josh Carpenter, Birmingham, AL
Eric Finch, Spokane, WA

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, August 22

3:00 - 5:00pm

​Steering Committee Meeting

Members only

Cascade Room, Founders Brewery Headquarters, 235 Grandville Ave, SW

From the gift shop, take elevator up to 2nd floor.

5:00 - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception

Centennial Room, Founders Brewery Headquarters, 235 Grandville Ave, SW

From the gift shop, take elevator up to 2nd floor.

7:00 - 9:00pm

Welcome Dinner

Bistro Bella Vita, 44 Grandville Ave, SW


Thursday, August 23

​7:30 - 8:30am

Registration & Breakfast

Steelcase Conference Room, 2nd Fl, Grand Rapids Chamber, 250 Monroe Ave, NW

8:30 - 9:00am

Welcome & Introductions

Joel Rogers, COWS

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids, MI

9:00 - 10:45am

Equitable Economic Development

Traditional economic development has left neighborhoods and communities behind. It’s time to take a more equitable approach – one that involves communities, informed by history, and focuses on keeping the benefits of growth in your community. This panel will explore a range of ways that cities are practicing equitable economic development.

Tracey Ross, PolicyLink

Tyler Bump, Portland, OR

Kara Wood, Grand Rapids, MI

Moderator: Mayor Zach Vruwink, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

10:45 - 11:00am

Break

11:00 - 11:30am

Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase offers attendees the opportunity to present to the group on a leading edge/innovative policy or program idea that they’ve successfully implemented in their city in just 3 minutes!

11:30 - 12:30pm

Lunch

Ralph Becker, former Mayor, Salt Lake City, UT

Ralph Becker will join us over lunch to talk about his research on qualities of successful and effective mayors.

​12:30 - 2:30pm

The Water/Energy Nexus: Aiming for Net Zero Water Utilities

The pumping of drinking water and treatment of wastewater use a massive amount of energy and contribute to carbon emissions. Cities striving for net zero city-wide need to consider water as part of the equation. This panel will explore ways in which cities and utilities are conserving energy, sourcing energy renewably, and reducing emissions from water.

Neal Elliott, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Alison Sutter, Grand Rapids, MI
Mayor Mike Wiza, Stevens Point, WI

Moderator: Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, IN

2:30 - 3:00pm

Break

3:00 - 5:00pm

Tours of Grand Rapids

We have some exciting opportunities to tour the city of Grand Rapids by bus, bike and your own two feet! All tours will leave from the JW Marriott at 3pm and return to the hotel at 5pm. Please dress comfortably for the weather and activity.

Pick from one of the three tour options - sign-up at the registration table at the meeting:


Green Infrastructure: Grand Rapids is nationally recognized for their green infrastructure streetscapes. This tour will explore community-centered projects, from bioswales to porous pavement, by bus with opportunities to get off and see projects up close.

Equitable Development: The Roosevelt Park neighborhood is one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods and, like much of the city, is experiencing growth and development. Neighborhood partners will guide us on a walk, learning about the neighborhood history and a resident-informed revitalization project. The tour will take a bus and drop off attendees for a 1 mile walk through the neighborhood. View materials about the Roosevelt Park neighborhood here.

Grand Rapids River Restoration: This dynamic tour will show off the Grand River and its adjacent parks and recreational spaces, while learning about current efforts to restore the river’s overall health and, most recently, its rapids as a catalyst for economic, environmental, and equity benefits. This is a 4 mile biking tour – bikes/helmets provided.

6:00 - 7:00pm

Reception

L3vel (3rd Fl), The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave, NW

7:00 - 9:00pm

Dinner & Keynote

Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America.

L3vel (3rd Fl), The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave, NW


Friday, August 24

8:00 - 9:00am

Breakfast

Steelcase Conference Room, 2nd Fl, Grand Rapids Chamber, 250 Monroe Ave, NW

9:00 - 10:45am

The Benefits of Healthy Urban Forests

Trees tout a suite of economic, social, and environmental benefits, but they are disappearing from urban spaces at an alarmingly fast rate. This panel will offer a comprehensive look at the driving forces behind urban forests’ decline and what cities can do prevent it.

Karen Firehock, Green Infrastructure Center Inc.

Stephanie Adams, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Mayor Pam Hemminger, Chapel Hill, NC

Moderator: Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids, MI

10:45 - 11:00am

Break

11:00 - 12:30pm

Walking Tour: Art in Downtown Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has long been a mecca for art enthusiasts, from its world-renowned Art Prize to its award winning art museums and installations. We’ll take a walking tour of downtown, while learning about how art has shaped Grand Rapids’ culture and economy (1 mile walk).

12:30 - 1:15pm

Lunch

1:15 - 3:00pm

From Buzzword to Reality: Smart Cities in Practice

“Smart” has become a buzzword for all data-driven projects and innovations that improve city services. But with the overwhelming number of smart devices, providers and attention flooding this space, what does it truly mean to be a smart city? This panel will cover how cities define “smart” projects and policies (or why they decide not to use the term), how cities have engaged vendors and partners in this work, and how new programs effectively use data to improve mobility, sustainability and community engagement.

Melanie Nutter, Nutter Consulting

Josh Naramore, Grand Rapids, MI

Josh Carpenter, Birmingham, AL

Eric Finch, Spokane, WA

Moderator: Mayor Suzanne Jones, Boulder, CO

3:00pm

Adjourn

3:00 - 4:00pm

Steering Committee Meeting

Members only

6:00pm

Optional: Dinner & Comedy Club

If you’re still in town, join us for dinner at the Downtown Market (no-host), then a show at Dr. Grin’s Comedy Club (10:30pm)! Complimentary comedy club tickets for the first 20 attendees - sign-up to secure your tickets at registration table at the meeting. Meet in the JW Marriott lobby at 6pm (0.9 mi walk).


Saturday, August 25 - Sunday, August 26

All Day

We encourage you to stay the weekend and enjoy all that Grand Rapids has to offer! On Friday, grab some grub at Food Truck Fridays. On Saturday, be sure to snag some Michigan-made treats & gifts at the Made in Michigan Pop-Up Marketplace. On Sunday, enjoy an afternoon picnic cruise on Sunday on the Grand Lady Riverboat. All weekend long you can explore Grand Rapids through its most significant historical sites, meander through the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, cheer on the West Michigan Whitecaps (Grand Rapids’s Minor League Baseball team), download and take the black history month tour, or polka your way through the weekend-long Annual Polish Festival. And of course, no trip to Grand Rapids is complete without a few brewery tours!



  • Equitable Economic Development

    Traditional economic development has left neighborhoods and communities behind. It’s time to take a more equitable approach – one that involves communities, informed by history, and focuses on keeping the benefits of growth in your community.

  • The Water/Energy Nexus: Aiming for Net Zero Water Utilities

    The pumping of drinking water and treatment of wastewater use a massive amount of energy and contribute to carbon emissions. Cities striving for net zero city-wide need to consider water as part of the equation.

  • The Benefits of Healthy Urban Forests

    Trees tout a suite of economic, social, and environmental benefits, but they are disappearing from urban spaces at an alarmingly fast rate.

  • From Buzzword to Reality: Smart Cities in Practice

    “Smart” has become a buzzword for all data-driven projects and innovations that improve city services. But with the overwhelming number of smart devices, providers and attention flooding this space, what does it truly mean to be a smart city?

Equitable Economic Development

Resources

Equitable Development as a Tool to Advance Racial Equity, Ryan Curren, Nora Liu, Dwayne Marsh, Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity, September 1st, 2015. Read here.



Puget Sound Regional Equity Network: Principles of Equitable Development, Growing Transit Communities, Puget Sound Regional Council and Impact Capital, February 1st, 2013. Read here.



Equitable Development Principals and Scorecard, January 1st, 2016. Read here.



Twin Cities Region Equitable Development Principals & Scorecard, Community Engagement Steering Committee Equitable Development working group, June 2nd, 2014. Read here.



Where is Gentrification Happening in Your City?, Chris Bousquet, Data-Smart City Solutions, June 5th, 2017.



City of Portland Neighborhood Economic Development Strategy, Portland Development Commission. Read here.



SW Corridor Economic Housing Strategy, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland, OR, March 1st, 2018. Read here.



Rose Center Fellowship: City Commission Presentation, The Rose Center, City of Grand Rapids, MI and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc, November 14th, 2017. Read here.



GR Forward: Downtown and River Action Plan Executive Summary, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc, City of Grand Rapids, MI, and Grand Rapids Public Schools, October 26th, 2015. Read here.



Ensuring Racial Equity in Public Contracting, Judith Dangerfield, PolicyLink. Read here.
Policy Brief



Local and Targeted Hiring, Julia Gross, PolicyLink. Read more..
Policy Brief



Executive Directive No. 15, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles, CA, April 29th, 2016. Read here.



Anti-Displacement Tax Fund Fact Sheet, Westside Future Fund. Read here.



Resolution Establishing Displacement Free Zones (DFZs), City of Atlanta, GA, December 5th, 2016.
Legislative Reference No. 16-R-4683



City Announces First Cannabis Dispensary Permit Recipients Under Equity Program, City of Oakland, CA, January 31st, 2018.



Neighborhood Jobs Trust Impact Report 2016-2017, Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, City of Boston, MA. Read here.



Summary of Proposed Revisions (2018 Tax Abatement Renewal), Mayor's Office of Economic Development, City of Houston, TX, May 8th, 2018. Read here.



Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh, PolicyLink. Read here.



Equity New Orleans: The Road to Equitable Government, City of New Orleans, LA. Read here.



City to weigh ‘social impact’ of development proposals on public land, Plan Philly, September 22nd, 2016.



Oakland Army Base is a Model for Equitable Development, Fran Smith, Next City, February 19th, 2016.



San Jose Manufacturing Comeback Linked to Equitable Growth, Johnny Magdaleno, Next City, September 16th, 2016.



The Water/Energy Nexus: Aiming for Net Zero Water Utilities

Resources

Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities, US Environmental Protection Agency. Read here.



A Survey of Energy Use in Water Companies, Rachel Young, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, June 1st, 2015. Read here.



Local Technical Assistance Toolkit: Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Read here.



The Energy Roadmap Primer, Water Environment Federation. Read here.



Increasing Participation in Utility Energy Efficiency Programs, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, August 3rd, 2015.



The Road to 100: Grand Rapids’ journey to be Michigan’s first all-renewable-powered city, Andrew Steiner, Rapid Growth, August 17th, 2017.



Grand Rapids building $38M biodigester, Rachel Watson, Grand Rapids Business Journal, December 21st, 2017.



City of Stevens Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, Jeremy Cramer, Central States Water Environment Association. Read here.
Summer 2013



Waste water history, City of Stevens Point, WI.



Gresham, Oregon, Wastewater Plant Achieves Energy Net Zero Status, City of Gresham, Oregon, April 22nd, 2015.



DC Water’s Thermal Hydrolysis and Anaerobic Digester Project, DC Water. Read here.



DC Water leverages technology first in North America to generate clean, renewable energy from…, DC Water, October 7th, 2015.



The Benefits of Healthy Urban Forests

Resources

Funding Trees for Health, Rob McDonald, et. al, The Nature Conservancy. Read here.



Solving (Part of) the Urban Forest Paradox, Cara Byington, The Nature Conservancy, June 3rd, 2018.



Section 5.11.09 of ‘Zoning Ordinance for City of Grand Rapids: Minimum Tree Canopy’, City of Grand Rapids, MI, April 27th, 2017. Read here.



Back to Our Roots: Thriving Communities from Urban Forestry, Chuck Otto, U.S. Green Building Council.



Upcoming Study to Evaluate Auburn’s Trees, Carla Nelson, Opelika-Auburn News, March 15th, 2018.



Group working to map Charlotteville’s green infrastructure, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, July 20th, 2016.



Portland’s Tree Planting: Actions for Equity, City of Portland, OR, May 24th, 2016.



Forest Management Framework for New York City, Natural Areas Conservancy and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, April 2nd, 2018. Read here.



Cleveland Tree Plan, City of Cleveland, OH, August 3rd, 2015. Read here.



Tree Benefits for Indianapolis, City of Indianapolis, IN. Read here.



Toronto’s ‘urban forest’ worth $14.2 billion, report says, University of Toronto, November 14th, 2016.



Going Green: How Trees Helped Transform Greenville into a Top Travel Destination, Andrew Moore, Greenville Journal, March 28th, 2018.



From Buzzword to Reality: Smart Cities in Practice

Resources

The Rise of the Smart City, Michael Totty, The Wall Street Journal, April 16th, 2017. Read here.



Getting Smart about Smart Cities, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Nutter Consulting, and Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Read here.
2014



Trends in Smart City Development, Center for City Solutions and Applied Research, National League of Cities. Read here.
2016



What it means to be a ‘smart city’ in 2018—and why we should consider another name, Benjamin Freed, State Scoop, May 16th, 2018.



Smart Money: Developing New Funding Mechanisms for Smart Initiatives, Knowledge@Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, February 14th, 2018.



Problem solving with real-time data: GR on the road to become a Smart City, Allison Spooner, Rapid Growth, September 28th, 2017.



Birmingham: Boldly Using Smart Technology as the Great Equalizer, Michael Keating, Icons of Infrastructure.



Spokane Takes Step to Become a ‘Smart City’ Research Center, Nicholas Deshais, The Spokesman-Review, December 6th, 2017.



Schenectady on road to becoming ‘smart city’ of the future, Larry Rulison, Times Union, June 17th, 2018.



Smart City Procurement as Open Data in Pittsburgh, Nicholas Hall and Robert Burack, Data-Smart City Solutions, January 31st, 2018.



KCMO= the world’s most connected Smart City, City Project Summary of efforts to date, Kansas City, MO.



The Safe Way to Build a Smart City, Corin Faife, CityLab, October 2nd, 2017.



Boston Smart City Playbook, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston, MA.



How Chula Vista is turning its bayfront into a smart city test bed, Teena Maddox, TechRepublic, April 6th, 2017.



How Austin brought the human touch to smart city planning, Jenny McGrath, Digital Trends, July 31st, 2017.



Q&A: How the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance is pushing its members to ‘advance faster together’, Chris Teale, Smart Cities Dive, February 20th, 2018.



Attendees

Stephanie Adams, Executive Director, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
Linda Anderson, Mayor, City of Douglas, MI
Ralph Becker, Speaker, Independent
Ty Beckering, Business Development Manager, Triangle Associates
Christine Berg, Mayor, City of Lafayette, CO
Melissa Bertolo, Certified Welcoming Manager, Welcoming America
Dave Bieter, Mayor, City of Boise, ID
Rosalynn Bliss, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Garrett Brinker, Product Manager, Neighborly
Tyler Bump, Senior Economic Planner, City of Portland, OR Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Patrick Burtch, City Manager, City of Jackson, MI
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, City of South Bend, IN
Rafael Carbonell, Executive Director, Harvard Kennedy School Taubman Center for State & Local Government
Bill  Carpenter, Mayor , City of Brockton, MA
Josh Carpenter, Director of the Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity, City of Birmingham, AL
Nate Carver, Corp. Acct. Mgr. Lead, Consumers Energy
Chris Clark, Councilmember, City of Mountain View, CA
Rodney Craig, Village President, Village of Hanover Park, IL
Paula Cunningham, State Director, AARP Michigan, AARP
Gretchen DeBacker, Legislative Director, City of Toledo, OH
Brian Donoghue, Director of Civic Innovation, City of South Bend, IN
Dennis Doyle, Mayor, City of Beaverton, OR
Tarsi Dunlop, Policy and Program Manager, Local Progress
Jermale  Eddie, Owner, Malamiah Juice Bar (Guest of DGRI)
Tim Eder, Program Officer, Mott Foundation
Kathy Ehley, Mayor, City of Wauwatosa, WI
Neal Elliott, Sr. Director for Research, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Julia Fahl, Mayor Elect Lambertville NJ, City of Lambertville, NJ
Eric Finch, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, City of Spokane, WA
Adria Finch, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Syracuse, NY
Karen Firehock, Executive Director, Green Infrastructure Center Inc.
Jennifer  Fuerstein, AARP Grand Rapids, AARP
Josh Griffin, Partner, Bullpen, Inc. 
Andy Guy, COO, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
John Hamilton, Mayor, City of Bloomington, IN
Jamie Harkins, City Councilor, City of Lafayette, CO
Al Heggins, Mayor, City of Salisbury, NC
Pam Hemminger, Mayor, Town of Chapel Hill, NC
Thomas  Hogenson, Mayor, City of Big Rapids, MI
Adrienne Holloway, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Aurora, IL
Bobby Hopewell, Mayor, City of Kalamazoo, MI
Rebecca Hopp, Mayor, City of Ferrysburg, MI
Veneeth  Iyengar, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Parish of East Baton Rouge, LA
Taif Jany, Policy Coordinator, Young Elected Officials Network (YEO Network)
Ceri Jenkins, Senior Associate, Mayors Innovation Project
Suzanne Jones, Mayor, City of Boulder, CO
Mike Kasperzak, Former Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
Tim Kelly, CEO, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
Andrew Kieve, CEO and Co-founder, Tolemi
Mark Kleinschmidt, Steering Committee Member, MIP
Dan  Kupratis, Director of Capital Markets, Neighborly
Dave Lang, Assistant to the General President Governmental Affairs & Public Policy, International Association of Fire Fighters
Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantified Ventures
Kim  Lundgren, CEO, Kim Lundgren Associates, Inc. 
Steve Ly, Mayor, City of Elk Grove, CA
Karen Majewski, Mayor, City of Hamtramck, MI
Karen  McCarthy, Community Affairs Manager, Consumers Energy
William McLeod, Mayor, Village of Hoffman Estates, IL
Joane McLeod, Commissioner, Village of Hoffman Estates, IL
James Meeks, CEO, Move Systems (Guest of DGRI)
Kerri Miller, Senior Vice President/Principal , Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. 
Emily Miota, Senior Associate, Mayors Innovation Project
Julio Morales, Exec. Dir., Strategic Customer Relations, Consumers Energy
Marcus Muhammad, Mayor, City of Benton Harbor, MI
Joshua Naramore, Mobile GR Director, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Nickole Nesby, Mayor, City of Duquesne, PA
Melanie Nutter, Principal, Nutter Consulting
Laura Olson, Acting Assistant to the Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Laura O'Sullivan, Chief of Staff, City of South Bend, IN
Josh Owens, Administrative Analyst, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Amber Pence, Intergovernmental Affairs Director, City of Boise, ID
David Pope, President/CEO, The Residence Corporation / Oak Park Housing Authority
Cory Poris Placsh, Vice President, Customer Success, Polco
Andrew Radvansky, Exec. Dir., Community Engagement & Corporate Citizenship, Consumers Energy
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project
Carrie Rivette, Stormwater Manager, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Tracey Ross, Associate Director, PolicyLink
Richard  Rothstein, Research Associate & Author, Economic Policy Institute
Andy Schor, Mayor, City of Lansing, MI
Suzanne Schulz , Managing Director of Design and Development, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Amna Seibold, Mayor, City of East Grand Rapids, MI