Eight Thematic Tracks
LGC is working closely with with several subcommittees — one for each of the eight tracks — to develop six sessions dynamic within each. Each track will focus on a set of topics strongly connected to timely community issues or challenges, with smart growth as the thread woven between and throughout each track. As the sessions are developed within each track, a strong focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion will be applied.
The 2018 program will allow participants to go deeper into a topic, while continuing to connect back to broader placemaking efforts with a multidisciplinary group of partners tackling community challenges. Each track will be designed to create a peer cohort of practitioners that leave with an implementation strategy and new models, tools, and financing strategies to achieve their community goals.
- Strengthening Rural Communities (economic development, transportation, land preservation, smart growth implementation, urban-rural interface, broadband access, tribal partnerships)
- Creating Sustainable Water Systems (water infrastructure, stormwater, flood protection, green infrastructure, coastal development)
- Addressing Our Changing Climate (climate change mitigation, adaptation, disaster preparedness and recovery, climate justice, energy efficiency and renewable energy)
- Improving Transportation Accessibility and Connectivity (active transportation, shared mobility, transportation network companies, autonomous vehicles, transit, transit-oriented development, parking, street design, complete streets, safe routes to school)
- Designing Healthy Communities (healthy food access, active living, communities for all ages, universal design, environmental justice)
- Building Fair and Affordable Housing (affordable housing, real estate development, fair housing/lending, rental housing, missing middle, transit oriented development)
- Planning and Designing Smart-Growth Communities (infill development, corridor redevelopment, suburban retrofits, vacant properties, brownfields, arts and placemaking, regional planning, environmental justice)
- Inclusive Prosperity of People and Place (structural racism, equitable development, environmental justice, fair growth, displacement, community development, social equity)
Session Types Under Each Track
Every track will include one session from each of the session types below, each scheduled in the same order.
Context-setting: would define the current state of the topic e.g. the current state of housing and related challenges, threats, and opportunities (including funding, political, etc.)
Emerging Trends: would include changing demographics, technological advancements, lifestyle choices and market trends, and implications of trends (could include policy implications)
Model Projects/Case Studies: would include presentations of real-world case studies from a range of community types and different geographical locations that illustrate the strategies discussed in each track (would have a strong policy lens)
Innovative Tools and Technologies: would include NEW tools that cover scenario planning and other visualization tools, engagement and social networking tools, environmental, and/or health impact analysis tools, mapping tools, etc.)
Financing & Development: would include financing strategies and fundraising tools, creative investment strategies and partnerships
Implementation Planning Workshops: would include facilitated discussions around 3-5 potential implementation policy and program strategies per track aimed at helping participants develop a preliminary roadmap defining specific next steps post-conference