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CityAge | San Diego ~ April 25 & 26, 2017

San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA


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The Business of City Building
April 25 & 26, 2017
San Diego Public Library
San Diego, CA

The business of city-building is essential to competing in our global economy. Successful urban regions must establish partnerships among business, universities and civil society that catalyze economic growth, build social and environmental resiliency and implement the urban design that attracts talented people to their city.

CityAge: San Diego will profile the business of city building on April 25 & 26, 2017

Join us at CityAge: Build the Future in San Diego on April 25 & 26 to learn more from the visionaries shaping this business. The event will build on prior over 30 prior editions across the United States, Canada, London and Hong Kong over which over 5,000 leaders have gathered to chart our urban future.

Cities are where the solutions to this century’s challenges will emerge. How should regions position their brands to compete in a global market? How can new investments in sustainability drive an economic development agenda?  What are the partnerships necessary to build an inclusive innovation economy? How must we address the affordability challenge?

The audience will involve a select network of up to two hundred city leaders in investment, design, government and research from across the country. We hope you can join us.

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Day 1 ~ April 25, 2017

1:30 pm           Registration, welcome refreshments and networking

2:15 pm           Conference Opening Remarks by Event MC

2:30 pm           Conference Welcome:      Jerry Sanders, President and CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

2:40 pm           Michael Lockwood and Derrick Choi, Principals, Populous

3:00 pm           Session 1:       Brands and the Business of City Building
Urban regions compete in a global market, and need to project their brands to a national and global market. How can regions best leverage their business networks and key institutions to build a brand and drive economic growth? What is the importance of investments in urban design, place-making and livability to this effort? What is the role of a regional brand in city building and economic development?

  • Mark Cafferty, President & CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • Brad Ferguson, President and CEO, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

3:45 pm           Presentation: TBA

4:05 pm           Session 2:        Financing the Future
This session will review the new models of investment and urban development creating value in American cities. How can private capital best be leveraged to improve our infrastructure? What are the best case studies of new partnerships that will shape the next generation of urban economic development?

  • Naomi Kelly, City Administrator, City of San Francisco, CA
  • Charles Black, President & CEO, CB Urban Development
  • Korin Crawford, Executive Advisor, Infrastructure, City of Los Angeles, CA
  • Kevin Acklin, Chief Development Officer and Chief of Staff, City of Pittsburgh, PA

5:00 – 6:30 pm            Reception on the Outer Terrace

Day 2 ~ April 26, 2017

8:00 am           Breakfast Served

8:40 am           Day 2 Welcome by Event MC

8:45 am           Session 3:        Data Cities: The New Imperative
The challenges of urban operations and increasing citizen demand for more efficient and responsive service delivery are combining to require new models of partnership. At the same time, the rise of big data and new technologies provide us with new tools. What are the best practices in this area? How do smart partnerships facilitate urban economic development and social health? How can data help us design better cities?

  • Nick Macchione, Director, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego
  • Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Santa Monica, CA

9:30 am           Comments by:            Kevin Faulconer, Mayor, City of San Diego, CA      

9:50 am           Presentation by:        Yehudi Gaffen, CEO, Gafcon

10:10 am         Presentation by:        TBA

10:30 am         Morning Break

11:00 am         Session 4:        Building the City of the Future

Powering the city of the future will be more reliant than ever on smart partnerships with the private sector. What ate the cutting-edge partnerships in construction, development and technology that can build a more sustainable city? How are energy and water utilities being transformed? What types of economic development opportunities lie in the future of sustainable urban development?

  • Randa Coniglio, President & CEO, Port of San Diego
  • Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego
  • Yehudi Gaffen, CEO, Gafcon
  • David Graham, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City of San Diego

11:45 am         Presentation by:  Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs, Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego

12:05 pm         Presentation by:  TBA

12:25 pm         Lunch

1:15 pm           Session 5:        The Business of Housing
The San Diego region will add a million more residents by 2050. How can we ensure San Diego – and other fast growing cities across the United States - have the appropriate housing stock for their demographic futures? This session will look at the policies and investments necessary to tackle increasing concerns about affordability and encourage an increase housing construction and supply.

  • Samuel Assefa, Director of Planning and Community Development, City of Seattle
  • Marco Sessa, Senior Vice President, Sudberry Properties
  • Lori Pfeiler, President & CEO, San Diego Habitat for Humanity
  • Lynn Reaser, Chief Economist, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, Point Loma Nazarene University

2:00 pm           Wellington Reiter, Senior Advisor to the President, Arizona State University (Phoenix, AZ)

2:20 pm           Session 6:        The Idea City: Innovation and Urban Universities
In an era when producing knowledge matters more to the economy than ever before, how can universities produce the skills, ideas and partnerships needed to make our cities globally competitive, livable and inclusive? How can cities like San Diego partner with leading knowledge institutions to build the future?

  • Rebecca Bagley, Vice Chancellor for Economic Partnerships, University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Gary Halbert, City Manager, City of Chula Vista, CA
  • Tina Angeles, The Miller Hull Partnership

3:05 pm           Presentation by:        TBA

3:25 pm           Session 7:        Transportation’s Impact on City-Building
One of the major tools cities have to build value for public and private sector assets as they increase urban livability is transit-oriented development. Which cities are getting this right? What is the role of transportation investment in the business of city building? At the same time, technology stands to change transportation faster than any time in a generation. How can cities prepare for the coming changes in how we get around?

  • Jim Parajon, Deputy City Manager, City of Arlington, TX

4:10 pm           Closing Comments

4:15 pm           Conference Close