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Winter 2006 Meeting

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Friday, January 27

​2:00 - 2:30pm

Welcome, introductions, meeting goals

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz

​2:30 - 4:00pm

Organizing a High Road Economic Development Plan: Data and Resources

Scott Bernstein

Joel Rogers

Bruce Katz

​4:00 - 5:00pm

Collateral Loan Funds: New Ways to Bankroll Urban Development Projects

Greg Stanton

​5:00 - 6:00pm

Technology & Government Efficiency: Deploying New Technology to Improve Quality of Service

Mayor Martin O’Malley

Mayor Graham Richard

6:30 - 7:00pm




Keynote Address: Effectively Combating Climate Change Together

Mayor Rocky Anderson

Saturday, January 28

8:00 - 8:30am


8:30 - 9:45am

Municipal Finance: A Look at Current Trends in Municipal Finance and New Ways to Raise Revenue

Bruce Wallin

Dennis Houlihan


- 11:30am

Crime and Drug Policy

Dan Abrahamson

Deborah Small

Norm Stamper

11:30 - 1:00pm

Next Steps for New Cities: Possible Joint New Cities Efforts

New Cities Steering Committee



  • Organizing a High Road Economic Development Plan: Data and Resources

    Part of New Cities is about learning about policy innovation in other places. The other part is developing a city’s own capacity to pursue high road policies. This panel, which foreshadows one planned for the next meeting, will focus on needed capacity in putting together a metro regional development plan. What are the sorts of data and data analysis needed, the sorts of staff capacity need to be on hand, the best techniques on process, etc., and how are they most cost effectively acquired?

  • Collateral Loan Funds: New Ways to Bankroll Urban Development Projects

    Cities can leverage market-driven financial tools to bankroll urban development projects in their communities. This session looks at ways in which cities can use their underutilized assets, such vacant lots, abandoned federal properties and unused university land to open new capital streams for targeted developments.

  • Technology & Government Efficiency: Deploying New Technology to Improve Quality of Service

    Cities can cut costs and improve service through new technology. This session looks at some recent experiments and new tools for doing so. Short presentations on innovations in Baltimore and Fort Wayne will lead into a general discussion.

  • Keynote Address: Effectively Combating Climate Change Together
  • Municipal Finance: A Look at Current Trends in Municipal Finance and New Ways to Raise Revenue

    Cities can increase revenues and capitalize their “hidden assets” without general tax increases. This session looks at the present state of municipal finance and strategies for improvement. We’ll have short presentations and a general discussion, with a scheduled break halfway through.

  • Crime and Drug Policy

    A barrier to reversing urban divestment has always been the perception of cities as home to high rates of crime and drug use. Cities have made great advances in reducing crime rates in the past twenty years. This panel will explore some new ideas on how drug policy can be structured to make cities safer.

Organizing a High Road Economic Development Plan: Data and Resources



Scott Bernstein is the President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and a cofounder of the Surface Transportation Policy Project. Mr. Bernstein was appointed by President Clinton to the President's Council for Sustainable Development, where he served as the Co-chair of the task force on State, Local and Regional Initiatives, and its Metropolitan Strategies Working Group.

Joel Rogers is a professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs its Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) and John R. Commons Center on progressive state policy innovation. Joel originated the “high road/low road” theory and framing of development choice, and co-founded the New Cities project.

Bruce Katz is a Vice President at the Brookings Institution and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Before joining Brookings, Mr. Katz served as Chief of Staff to Henry G. Cisneros, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Collateral Loan Funds: New Ways to Bankroll Urban Development Projects



Greg Stanton is the director of the Capital Markets Access Program (CMA) and the Wall Street without Walls Initiative. Mr. Stanton specializes in helping non-profit organizations and municipalities leverage their existing assets to access funding from institutional capital markets.

Technology & Government Efficiency: Deploying New Technology to Improve Quality of Service



Martin O’Malley was elected the mayor of Baltimore, Maryland in 1999. During his six years as mayor of Baltimore City, Mayor O’Malley has championed a computerized tracking system for government services, CitiStat, which has saved Baltimore residents more than $160 million by making government more efficient and more responsive. In 2004, Baltimore’s CitiStat accountability tool won Harvard University’s prestigious Innovations in American Government award.

Graham Richard took office of Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 1st, 2000. Mayor Richard was recently selected by Government Technology magazine and the Center for Digital Government as one of the ”Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” in the nation who have made significant contributions to the digital government movement.

Keynote Address: Effectively Combating Climate Change Together


Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson was elected the mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah in 2000.  Since taking office, Mayor Anderson has been an outspoken advocate for protecting the environment, implementing the “Salt Lake City Green” program, which was awarded the World Leadership Award in the Environmental Category this December.  Mayor Anderson also serves on the Steering Committee for the New Cities Project.

Municipal Finance: A Look at Current Trends in Municipal Finance and New Ways to Raise Revenue


Bruce A. Wallin is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University, where he specializes in public finance. His book From Revenue Sharing to Deficit Sharing won the 1999 American Political Science Association’s award for Best Book on Urban Politics.  Prof. Wallin previously was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and served as Senior Research Analyst at the US Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations in Washington, DC. He received his BA cum laude from Princeton, and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dennis Houlihan is a labor economist and policy analyst with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), who specializes in municipal finance, collective bargaining, and transportation policy.

Crime and Drug Policy



Dan Abrahamson is Director of Legal Affairs for Drug Policy Alliance, where he oversees litigation, legislative drafting and public education efforts concerning drug policy reform. Mr. Abrahamson has co-authored several successful state ballot initiatives in the field of drug policy reform, including California's Proposition 36.

Deborah Small is the Executive Director of the Break the Chains Project, an organization dedicated to building a national movement within communities of color against punitive drug polices.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, Small has spoken widely on the topic of drug policy reform.

Norm Stamper was a police officer for 34 years, the first 28 in San Diego, the last six (1994-2000) as Seattle's Chief of Police.  He has a doctorate in Leadership and Human Behavior, and is the author of Breaking Rank:  A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing (Nation Books, 2005).  He is an advisory board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and serves on the board of directors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services in San Juan County, Washington. He lives and writes on Orcas Island.

Name Title City/Organization
Dan Abrahamson, Director, Legal Affairs Drug Policy Alliance
Bob Agee, City Administrator, Annapolis, MD
Amiee Albertson, Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance San Francisco, CA
Irma Anderson, Mayor, Richmond, CA  
Rocky Anderson, Mayor, Salt Lake City, UT
m Bates, Mayor, Berkeley, CA  
DJ Baxter, Assistant to the Mayor, Salt Lake City, UT
Gary Becker, Mayor, Racine, WI  
Mark Begich, Mayor, Anchorage, AK  
Scott Bernstein, President, Neighborhood Technology
Marty Blum, Mayor, Santa Barbara, CA  
Jim Brainard, Mayor, Carmel, IN  
Euline Brock, Mayor, Denn, TX
Carol Brown, Mayor's Office, Washington D.C. Chicago, IL
Shawn Butler, Advisor, Mayor Cincinnati,
John Cabrales, Director, Public Information Denn, TX
Dave Cieslewicz, Mayor, Madison, WI  
Peter Clavelle, Mayor, Burlingn, VT  
Presn Cole, Environmental Services Superintendent, Milwaukee, WI
Luciano Colonna, Executive Director, Harm Reduction Project
Heidi Davison, Mayor, Athens, GA  
Arijit De, Executive Director, Camden Redevelopment Agency
Cisco DeVries, Chief, Berkeley, CA
Chrispher Doherty, Mayor, Scrann, PA  
Roger Duncan, Deputy General, General Manager, Austin Energy
Ian Fisk, Webmaster, Wall Street Without Walls
T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines, IA
Anselm Fusco, Vice President, , Cherokee Investment Partners
Matw Gallagher, Director, CitiStat Baltimore, MD
Ralph Garboushian, Lobbyist, CaptialEdge   
Pegeen Hanrahan, Mayor, Gainesville, FL  
Sophia Heller, Director, Policy and Strategic Planning
Dennis Highberger, Mayor, Lawrence, KS  
Dennis Houlihan, Policy Analyst, AFSCME
Rosemarie Ives, Mayor, Redmond, WA  
Marshall Kamena, Mayor, Livermore, CA  
Bruce Katz, Director, Metropolitan Policy Program 
Beth Krom, Mayor, Irvine, CA  
Melvin L. "Kip" Holden, Mayor-President, Baton, Rouge, LA
Jay Leonhardy, Assistant to Mayor, Richmond, CA  
Simone Lightfoot, Advisor to the Mayor, Cincinnati, OH
Wayne Marsden, Senior Advisor, Wall Street Without Walls Street Without Walls
Virginia Mayer, Lobbyist, Boston, MA  
Matw Mayrl, Research Associate, COWS
Kevin McCarty, Deputy Director, Surface Transportation Policy
Tom Menino, Mayor, Boston, MA  
Ellen Moyer, Mayor, Annapolis, MD
John Nelson, Co-Director, Wall Street Without Walls Street Without Walls
Colm O'Comartun, Special Assistant to the Mayor
Martin O'Malley, Mayor, Baltimore, MD  
Janet Piraino, Chief of Staff Madison, WI
m Prar, Executive Vice-President, NewCities Institute 
Randy Primas, Chief Operating Officer, Camden, NJ
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Senior Associate, COWS
Graham Richard, Mayor, Wayne, IN 
Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Matthew Ryan, Mayor, Binghamn, NY  
Len Simon, President, Simon and Company 
Daryl Slusher, Deputy Coordinator, Plug-In Hybrid Campaign
Deborah Small, Director, Break  the Chains 
Norm Stamper, Former Police Chief, Seattle, WA
Greg Stann, Co-Director, Wall Street Without Walls Street Without Walls
Bruce Wallin, Professor, Norastern University  
Sheila Young, Mayor, San Leandro, CA