Annual Conference 2012

The Center’s annual conference is a significant educational event in the region, with more than 200 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.  This year's theme is Places for People: Strategies and Funding for Sustainable Communities.

Guided by a conference advisory board featuring national leaders in land use and development, this year’s conference program will showcase new techniques and strategies that build places for people in a rapidly changing job, commerce, and housing market. Faced with shrinking budgets, high unemployment, unpredictable oil prices, climate change impacts, and more, communities and land use professionals must find creative ways to change the way we live and work to set the stage for a more vibrant, prosperous future. Designing communities with people and new market conditions in mind will move us toward a cleaner environment, a more resilient economy, and improved neighborhood livability. People want more lively and sustainable neighborhoods, and government policy and funding programs are responding, as are private market developers and lenders.

Highlighting examples from the New York region and beyond, conference sessions will demonstrate how local leaders and developers have increased transportation choices, created more pedestrian-focused environments, provided fair and affordable housing, made infill development a reality, removed barriers to energy efficiency, financed mixed-use development, and set aside critical lands for open space and farmland preservation. These dynamic sessions will describe how to facilitate and remove barriers to these types of development. The day-long event also will feature paradigm-shifting keynote and luncheon speakers, including Victor Dover, FAICP, LEED-AP, CNU-Accredited, Principal at Dover, Kohl & Partners and Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, FAICP, Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah and the Director of the Metropolitan Research Center.

Conference participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, and New York State planning and zoning training credits.


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