Additional support provided by:
Bayer USA Foundation
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Business leaders increasingly recognize that regional growth and development patterns -- guided by principles of smart growth and sustainability -- improve quality of life, lessen the cost of doing business, increase profitability, help reduce tax and infrastructure costs, and contribute to talent recruitment and retention. With the business case of smart growth apparent, the conference will galvanize a 'businesses for smart growth' initiative for southwestern Pennsylvania to spur economic prosperity and extend our region's signature livability to more persons.
The conference will focus on three interrelated smart growth imperatives:
"Business opportunity while building community and regional economy"
- Innovative Finance for smart growth solutions for urban real estate, housing, and metropolitan infrastructure
- Blight and Abandonment - business and economic stakes
- Green Infrastructure - savings for businesses, dividends for developers and communities
The Smart Growth Conference is an invitation to address the ways smart growth is smart business:
- engage the private sector in harnessing smart growth market opportunity
- explore innovative means of ensuring financial feasibility of sustainable development
- channel the pattern and character of growth and development to improve productivity and hasten regional sustainability that protects and enhances business investments
- opportunities to have an impact on state, regional, and local policy and planning
• Henry Cisneros, Executive Chairman, CityView
• Laura Ellsworth, Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day; Chair Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania
• Liz Hersh, Executive Director, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania
• Lee Huang, Director of Econsult Corporation, author Vacant Land Management in Philadelphia
• Robert Lang, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Brookings Mountain West at the University of Nevada and Fellow of the Urban Land Institute
• Dominique Lueckenhoff, Director, US EPA Office of State and Watershed Partnerships (Mid-Atlantic Green Infrastructure POC)
• Kathleen McGinty, Westin Solutions, Inc.
• Audrey Murrell, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, Public and International Affairs, Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership
• Mark Nootbaar, Senior News Editor, Essential Public Radio
• Anthony Ravitz, Google
• Todd Reidbord, Principal and President, Walnut Capital
• Audrey Russo, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council
• John Schombert, Executive Director, 3 Rivers Wet Weather
• Rob Stephany, Executive Director, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
• Brian Walker, CFO, Millcraft Industries
PittsburghTODAY will release a newly developed set of regional smart growth indicators
Who should attend:
- Those invested in the region's business, economic development, and community prosperity
- Business owners and leaders
- Economic development professionals
- Real estate eaders
- Investors, policy leaders, community developers, planners, and federal, state, and local officials.
Henry Cisneros - "Smart capital for Smart growth" -- Keynote speaker Henry Cisneros is the Executive Chairman of CityView, an urban institutional investment firm which finances commercial and residential developers. His governmental experience and dedication to America's cities are important features of CityView's "Smart Capital for Smart Growth" strategy focused on urban solutions. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York, Dallas and San Antonio, CityView has invested in and developed more than $2 billion in real estate assets for 45 projects in 30 markets across 13 states since 2003. CityView is one of the nation's premier institutional investment firms focused on urban real estate, incity housing, and metropolitan infrastructure and is a fully-integrated operating company with an active management approach. Prior to establishing CityView, Henry Cisneros served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was the four-term Mayor of San Antonio, Texas.
Robert Lang, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Brookings Mountain West at the University of Nevada and Fellow of the Urban Land Institute. Author: Edgeless Cities: Exploring the Elusive Metropolis; Boomburbs: the Rise of America's Accidental Cities; The New Politics of Planning; Megapolitan America; From Wall Street to Your Street: New Solutions for Smart Growth Finance