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The New American City
Seattle, Washington
June 10 & 11, 2014
VENUE: Washington Athletic Club
1325 6th Ave, Seattle

Eighty per cent of Americans live and work in urban regions. Cities are the engines of the American economy. That means how we build – and rebuild – America’s cities, how we plan them, how we attract businesses and investments to them and restore their fiscal health, is key to the country’s economic future.

With its strategically located place in the Pacific Northwest, its focus on Asia and its compelling accomplishments in economic and cultural innovation and sustainability, Seattle and its region is an important leader in both the national and global business of city building.

That’s why CityAge will hold the third edition of The New American City in Seattle on June 10 & 11, 2014. The event will build on prior editions in Kansas City and Philadelphia, in which almost 1,000 leaders gathered to chart America’s urban future.

The audience will consist of mayors, investors, business leaders, architects and civic leaders from across the country. We hope you can join us.

To review the guest list from prior CityAge events, or for any other information, please contact Marc Andrew at or Miro Cernetig at



7:30 am           Breakfast

8:30 am           Welcome from Conference MC: Ronald Bogle, President & CEO, American Architectural Foundation

8:50 am           Introduction to Morning Keynote by: James Patillo, Chief Development Officer, Grosvenor Americas

9:00 am           Morning Keynote by: Ed Murray, Mayor, City of Seattle

9:20 am           Session 1:        The New American City: Staying on the cutting edge
In a world that is urbanizing at a historic rate, the cities that will thrive are those that are constantly reassessing and reinventing how a city works and how people live, work and prosper in them. We will explore what policies, investments and partnerships with higher education a modern city needs to stay on the cutting edge of economic innovation, societal equity and sustainability. What best practices are being used to place 21st-Century metropolitan regions on the frontier of city building?

  • Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JP Morgan Chase
  • Scott Wyatt, Managing Partner, NBBJ
  • Rick Cole, Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles
  • Jill Wakefield, Chancellor, Seattle Colleges

Chair:  Henk de Jong, Principal, Crust Young and former City Manager of Amsterdam

10:05 am         Presentation by:         Jaana Remes, Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute

10:25 am         Presentation by:         Kate Brown, Director of Sustainability, Grosvenor

10:45 am         Morning Break

11:15 am         Session 2:        The Urban Renaissance: Sustainable neighborhood development
New strategies and financing models are being used to re-ignite the latent potential of key areas of cities. Seattle and the Pacific Northwest is leading this in numerous areas, including the re-visioning of its waterfront, industrial brown fields and neighborhood regeneration. This panel will address how advances in development, architecture and planning that can lead a carefully thought out neighborhood renaissance.

  • Ada Healey, Vice President, Vulcan Real Estate
  • Pam O’Connor, Mayor, City of Santa Monica
  • Thomas Knittel, Vice President, Design, HOK
  • Diane Sugimura, Director, Department of Planning and Development, City of Seattle

Panel Chair: Bill Block, HUD Regional Administrator, Northwest and Alaska

12:00 pm         Presentation by:         Emma Stewart, Head of Sustainability Solutions, Autodesk

12:20 pm         Lunch: featuring an interview of Elson S. Floyd, President, Washington State University by Enrique Cerna, Broadcast Journalist

1:30 pm           Session 3:        Financing The Future: Why the metropolis is a good investment
In our urbanizing world, it is estimated that the world’s cities will require an investment of $57 trillion in new infrastructure by 2030.  To facilitate this capital injection, cities will require new partnership models with a range of institutional investors. North America’s west coast is an emerging global leader in this area. What is the current state of infrastructure investment, in such areas as waterfront and transportation? What are the returns? And how are these financial models evolving?

  • Michael Houle, Assistant Vice President, Partnerships BC
  • John Marchione, Mayor, City of Redmond
  • Marv Hounjet, Vice President, Director of U.S. Operations, Plenary Group
  • Jan Whittington, Associate Professor, University of Washington

Panel Chair:  Chris Taylor, Executive Director, West Coast Infrastructure Exchange

2:15 pm           Presentation: Wes Hardin, Associate Partner, Burns & McDonnell

2:35 pmPresentation:  Derrick Choi and Michael Lockwood, Principals, Populous

2:55 pm           Afternoon Coffee Break

3:15 pm           Session 4:        Re-Inventing the City: America’s Built Environment in 2050
The United States’ population will reach 400 million by 2040, ensuring strong growth in the nation’s metropolitan regions. This panel will assess the new development models, building technologies and new ideas in energy management, transportation oriented development and inspired design that are essential to renewing the nation’s built environment.

  • Brian Geller, Executive Director, Seattle 2030
  • Marshall Foster, Planning Director, City of Seattle
  • Amy Walen, Mayor of Kirkland, WA

Panel Chair:Ash Awad, Vice President, Energy and Facility Services, McKinstry

4:00 pm           Presentation:Kim Nelson, Executive Director, eGovernment Solutions, Microsoft

4:20 pm           Session 5:        The Resilient City: How to future-proof our cities
Seawater rise, natural disasters that can paralyze a city and other uncertainties are the realities of the 21st-Century’s urban age. Some cities are on the frontier of these preparations. Seattle is one of them, but it is joined by national and global players — London, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, New York, New Orleans, Miami. This panel will offer the policy and business architecture to future-proof the city, its infrastructure, economy and citizens. It will highlight key advances and outline those cities that are on the way to building a more resilient city.

  • Peter Miscovich, Managing Director, Strategy + Innovation, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Greg Moore, Chair of Metro Vancouver and Mayor of Port Coquitlam, BC
  • Jessica Cote, Senior Coastal Engineer, Golder Associates

Panel Chair:Christopher O’Brien, Head, Local Government Advisory Practice, PWC

5:00 pm           Afternoon Reception


7:30 am           Breakfast

8:30 am           Day 2 Opening Comments by Conference MC

8:45 am           Session 6:        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 platform and technologies improve policing, transportation, citizen-centred government and services. Cities are now in a position to offer the innovation and economic leadership in an emerging digital economy, as well as catalyzing the digital infrastructure that can bridge social and economic divides.

  • Debra Lam, Chief of Innovation and Performance, City of Pittsburgh
  • James Katz, Senior Developer, Burns and McDonnell
  • Prabal Acharyya, OSIsoft
  • Henk de Jong, Principal, Crust Young and former City Manager of Amsterdam

Panel Chair: Stephen Goldsmith, Director, Innovations in American Government Program, Harvard University (former Mayor of Indianapolis)

9:30 am           Presentation: Donald Shoup, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA

9:50 am           Presentation: Rod Regier, Executive Director, Economic Development, City of Kitchener

10:15 am         Presentation: Danna Bailiey, Vice President, EPB Fiber Optics, Chattanooga

10:35 am         Morning Break

11:00 am         Session 7:        The R&D City: The new innovation platform
The successful cities of this century will be those that can develop ideas, commercialize them and build the businesses that take them to national and global markets. Seattle has a sound record of doing this. But so do other centers that hope to win global market share. What are the models and partnerships that leverage both university and the private sectors investments in R&D to drive entrepreneurship, attract the essential human and financial capital to build business, and then assist their companies in capturing global market share?

  • Hadi Partovi, Co-Founder,
  • Lisa Cohen, Executive Director, Washington Global Health Alliance
  • Redwood Stephens President, Synapse
  • Ed Lazowska, Director, e-Science Institute, University of Washington

Panel Chair: Youngmoo Kim, Director, ExCITe Center at Drexel University

11:45  am        Presentation: William Heisel, Director of Health Communications, The Institute for Health
Metrics and Evaluation

12:05 pm          Session 8:       Brand Cities: How The American City Can Lead America’s Future
The future economic success of the United States is reliant upon building links with rapidly growing markets around the world. Key to that future is amplifying the advantages of key American cities, as hubs for trade, innovation and attracting human and financial capital.  Metropolitan areas like Greater Seattle must develop strategies to extend their brand beyond their borders, clearly telling their individual stories both at home and abroad. This final panel will look at the brand strategies for city regions, exploring who is doing it well and the new approaches to how a global outlook can enhance economic growth.

  • Chris DeVore, Chair, Economic Development Commission, City of Seattle
  • Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma
  • Margaret O’Mara, Professor of History, University of Washington
  • Paul Washington, Director of Economic Development, City of Denver


12:50 pm         Closing Comments


Participants Include

  • American Architectural Foundation
  • Association of Washington Cities
  • Autodesk
  • APCO Worldwide
  • Banner Cross Inc. 
  • British Columbia Investment Management Corporation
  • Boeing
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Callison
  • Cassidy Turley
  • Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Inc.
  • Creature
  • Crust Young Consultants New York Inc.
  • Crosscut Media
  • Davenport, IO
  • Discovery Institute
  • Drexel University
  • Eddy Consulting LLC
  • Founders Co-op
  • Glumac
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Grosvenor Americas
  • Golder Associates
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • HNTB Corporation
  • HOK
  • HUD
  • Imagine Housing
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Kansas City Police Department
  • Kirkland, WA
  • Kitchener, ON
  • King County Government
  • Leadership Tomorrow
  • LMN Architects
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • McKinsey Global Institute
  • McKinstry
  • Metro Vancouver
  • Mexico City
  • Miller Hull
  • NBBJ
  • New York University
  • North Vancouver, BC
  • Northwest University
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
  • OLIN
  • Olson Kundig Architects
  • OSIsoft
  • Outcomes by Levy
  • Partnerships BC
  • Perkins+Will
  • Port Coquitlam, BC
  • PRR, Inc. 
  • Puget Sound Clean Energy Council
  • Rainier Valley Community Development Fund
  • Redmond, WA
  • Rolluda Architects
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Sasaki Associates
  • Seattle Colleges
  • Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Seattle 2030
  • Seattle, WA
  • SHKS Architects
  • Shoreline, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Sustainable Seattle
  • State of Washington
  • Studio 3MW
  • Synapse Product Development
  • Tacoma, WA
  • The Financial Times
  • Toll Brothers Inc.
  • UCLA
  • University of Washington
  • Vulcan Real Estate
  • Waddell & Reed
  • Washington Global Health Alliance
  • Washington State University
  • West Coast Infrastructure Exchange
  • West Hollywood, CA
  • West Sacramento, CA
  • Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • ZGF Architects