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3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Emerging Technologies in Cities

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In the information age, city leaders need to consider what role technology plays in their communities, and how to employ and use it effectively. In this session, panelists will spark table discussion on specific services and sectors experiencing rapid innovation, and how cities can utilize new or advancing technologies, including smart city applications, mobility and... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Lessons Learned: Cannabis Time Machine

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It’s hard to imagine that prior to 1996 no state had legal medical cannabis, and it’s been just 7 years since Colorado and Washington legalized adult use (“recreational”) cannabis. Since then cannabis legalization in some form has spread to nearly every corner of the country, and local leaders are finding themselves having to regulate a... Read more »

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Financing Affordable Housing: Locally Driven Solutions

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Affordable housing policy and finance mechanisms must be modernized and expanded at every level of government. While there is no substitute for robust and inclusive HUD programs, federal resources alone are insufficient to stem the growth of the affordable housing crisis—and cities cannot wait for the federal government to catch up. This session will explore... Read more »

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Breakthroughs in Sustainable, Livable Cities: 2020 and Beyond

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2020 is a crucial moment for many government sustainability strategies to address climate change and engage residents in ways that strengthen community. It is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the first year that governments around the world will report progress toward the Paris Climate Accord, making it a benchmark year for local leaders... Read more »

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Small But Mighty: Closing the Digital Divide in Small Cities

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Broadband access is a necessity for residents to take full advantage of employment, educational, healthcare and civic engagement opportunities in your town. However, your small community may have been left behind by major internet service providers, or may not have coverage in all neighborhoods. In this workshop, learn how you can partner with community anchor... Read more »

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Big Ideas for Small Cities

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Small cities—populations under 50,000— represent most U.S. cities and towns. During this signature event, attendees will get ground-breaking ideas from fellow small city leaders proven to uplift the community. Come see how small city leaders demonstrate the innovations and leadership capacity evident in America’s smaller communities.

9:00 am - 10:15 am

REAL City Solutions at the Intersection of Housing and Racial Equity

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The importance of the intersection between quality, affordable housing and racial equity cannot be overstated. This session will examine the historically racialized development patterns and policies, in and between cities, which have contributed to lingering present-day inequities and the expanding affordability crisis in cities. Learn from local leaders and practitioners about practical solutions that are... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

America’s Transportation Choices and Models for the Future

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Transportation funding often falls short of what cities need regionally and nationally. Yet new transportation mobility options are challenging our models and creating new choices, and many cities are exploring adaptive funding models like congestion pricing. Both new players and models are showing how shifting attitudes, technology and benefits could get cities out of the... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Housing Preservation and Neighborhood Stability

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The existing affordable housing in your city is your best asset. By supporting home and apartment owners to help them invest in their properties and maintain them as affordable and hazard-free, city leaders contribute to neighborhood stability and forestalls property vacancy, abandonment and blight. This includes holistic policies that focus on keeping people in their... Read more »