The New American City
June 6 & 7, 2016
America’s original cities are building its future.
That’s why CityAge will hold the next edition of the Summit on The New American City in Rochester, New York on June 7th, 2016. An evening reception will be held prior to the Summit on June 6th.
An urban renaissance is underway in mid-sized cities across the United States, driven by new partnerships among business, university and city leaders. Downtowns are growing again, and a new urban economy is taking shape, driven by the engines of an innovation economy.
Cities have an opportunity to take the lead in in this new economy through smart partnerships with business, academic and philanthropic leaders, and new investments in the infrastructure and technologies tomorrow’s companies need to grow.
Hosted by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, and building on prior editions in Kansas City, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle, CityAge will gather a regional and national audience to address how the business of city-building can contribute to building The New American City.
Secure your place in this special network of city leaders today.
Draft Agenda ~ Subject to Change
June 6th ~ Evening Reception at the Sibley Building in the Downtown Innovation Zone ~ Rochester
250 East Main Street ~ Use escalator or elevator to the second floor
5:00 pm Reception begins
6:00 pmComments by: Lovely Warren, Mayor, City of Rochester, NY
6:10 pm Comments by:Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant-Governor, State of New York
7:00 pm Reception Close
Harro East Ballroom
155 N Chestnut Street
7:30 am Breakfast Served
8:30 am Opening Remarks by Event MCs: Jim Madalinsky and Jennifer
Johnson, Anchors, WHAM
8:45 am Welcome Address by: Lovely Warren, Mayor, City of Rochester, NY
9:00 am Presentation by: Antoine van Agtmael, Investor and Author, The Smartest
Places on Earth
Mr. van Agtmael, who coined the term emerging markets, will speak to how former industrial cities in the United States and Europe are transitioning from rust belts to “brain belts” and represent a major growth opportunity.
9:20 am Presentation by: Howard Zemsky, President & CEO, Empire State
9:40 am Session 1: Building The New American City
American downtowns are growing again for the first time in generations, and new investments are giving life to formerly under-utilized assets such as heritage buildings, industrial regions and urban waterfronts. A vital aspect of the modern urban economy is keeping and attracting talented young residents. How can Rochester leverage its historic assets like the Eastman Kodak Business Park, its downtown heritage buildings, and the developing Inner Loop project to build a more vibrant city, and what can it learn from other cities?
Panel Chair: Howard Zemsky, President & CEO, Empire State Development
10:25 am Presentation:Samuel DeShazior, Deputy Mayor, Economic Development,
City of Akron, OH
10:45 am Morning Break
11:10 am Presentation: Dolores Kruchten, Vice President, Eastman Business Park, Eastman Kodak Company
One of the Smart Places
11:30 am Session 2: Driving Job Growth in The American City
New models of partnership are emerging among business and government to promote economic growth in areas such as technology, next-generation manufacturing and science and engineering. What are the leading examples of job creation in cities across the country? How can cities foster the next generation of urban entrepreneurs?
Panel Chair: Robert Simpson, President & CEO, CenterStateCEO (Syracuse, NY)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Presentation by: Andrew Frank, Special Advisor to the President for Economic
Development, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
1:35 pm Presentation: John Macomber, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
Finance for Competitive Infrastructure: Cities competing with each other need high capacity and reliable power, transit, and water infrastructure – but this is expensive. What are effective innovations in attracting private capital to these public investments?
1:55 pm Session 3: The Innovation City
Cities are our platforms of innovation. What are the examples of partnerships between business, cities, academe and NGO’s that are improving urban life? How can the private sector, cities and universities work together to make cities more prosperous, safer, and more productive? What are the best examples of how city governments, academia, and business are working together to re-new and revitalize American cities?
Panel Chair: Joel Seligman, President, University of Rochester
2:40 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Presentation: Owen Kerney, City of Syracuse, Samuel Gordon, Town of
DeWitt, and Joe Sisko, Partner, Locus
A briefing on the “Elevating Erie” Ideas Competition
3:20 pm Presentation: Monica Kurzejeski, Deputy Mayor, City of Troy, NY and
Adam Frelin, Lead Artist, Breathing Lights Art Installation
3:40 pm Presentation: Molly Gaudioso, Co-Founder, Retailent Rochester and Senior
Planner at Steinmetz Planning Group
4:00 pm Session 4: Cloud Cities: Data in The 21st Century City
One of the most exciting developments in our urban age is the use of new computing technologies, systems and digital infrastructures to run cities and improve urban life. Cloud Cities use new platforms and technologies to improve transportation, policing and services. What are the partnerships and new data tools that let us make our cities safer, more prosperous, and more livable? How can open data foster a better city and even help build startup companies?
Panel Chair: Jason Whittet, Director, Intelligent Cities, GE (New York, NY)
4:45 pm Conference Close