CityAge: San Francisco
The City Club, 155 Sansome Street, 10th Floor San Francisco
April 5 & 6, 2016
In April 2016, CityAge will take place in the world’s epicenter of innovation: The Bay Area in California.
Held in partnership with the City of San Francisco and leaders in the Bay Area, this 25th edition of CityAge will look at the business of city-building today, with a focus on the partnerships among business and government that are necessary to shape our cities as the engines of economic growth, sustainability and resilience.
CityAge: San Francisco builds on prior CityAge editions in New York, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Kansas City and Philadelphia, among other locations. These events have convened global experts in city building and business, and now form a leading network of the individuals and institutions building the future.
7:30 am Breakfast Served
8:45 am Welcome by Conference MC: Stephanie Martin Taylor, Radio Anchor and
9:00 amPresentation by: Jaana Remes, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
9:20 am Session 1: Build the Future
Like many global regions, the Bay Area is facing the challenges stemming from rapid urban growth. Congestion, affordability, and climate change are problems that require regional investments in planning and infrastructure. How can metropolitan regions implement the partnerships and investment models necessary to build the infrastructure and set in place the planning and development needed for our cities to thrive in 2050?
Panel Chair: Allison Arieff, Architecture and Design Writer, The New York Times and
10:05 am Morning Break
10:35 am Session 2: The Business of City Building
Cities are using new models of development to unlock the value of underutilized assets and promote economic development. How can cities use the tools at their disposal to both drive equitable development, maintain affordability and encourage income growth? What new tools and partnerships are available to cities create housing, maintain neighborhoods and deal with growth? What cities are leading in the establishment of these new models of urban development and growth?
Panel Chair: Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities (Washington, DC)
11:20 am Presentation by: Duncan Chiu, Managing Director, Radian Venture Capital (Hong
11:40 am Address by: John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, ON
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Presentation by: Jennifer James, Director of Smart City Solutions, Black & Veatch
1:20 pm Session 3: Building the Innovation City
Why are some regions so much better at fostering a great network of innovative companies? How can cities accelerate this renaissance of the urban core through partnerships, zoning, tax policy and external marketing of a re-focused metropolitan brand?
Panel Chair: Scott Mauvais, Director, Technology and Civic Innovation, Microsoft
2:05 pm Presentation by: Jeff Morales, CEO, High Speed Rail Authority
2:25 pm Presentation by: Emma Stewart, Director, Sustainability Solutions, Autodesk
2:45 pm Afternoon Break
3:10 pm Session 4: The Transportation Imperative
Cities around the world are seeing rapidly growing demands on transportation infrastructure. How can new technology and data build better transport networks, make them more interactive, and more efficient? What are the public-private partnerships necessary to fund these investments? Urban transportation may be changing more rapidly than ever – this panel will review its current state.
Panel Chair: Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Santa Monica, CA
3:55 pm Presentation by: Ellen Lou, Director, Urban Design and Planning, SOM
4:15 pm Session 5: The Metropolitan Return
The world’s cities require major investment in urban infrastructure to prosper, but city budgets remain stretched. How can cities move toward a new morel of public-private partnership that aligns incentives between governments and the businesses that fund and build infrastructure? What new types of public finance are available? How can these new models of “integrated delivery” be used to upgrade all types of infrastructure, from water mains to courthouses that make our cities thrive?
Panel Chair: Megan Matson, Partner, Table Rock Capital
5:00 pm Day 1 Close and Invitation to Evening Reception at The City Club
7:30 am Breakfast Served
8:30 am Day 2 Welcome by Conference MC: Stephanie Martin Taylor, Radio Anchor and
8:45 am Session 6: Building The Resilient City
At a time when hundreds of millions of people are moving to cities every year, skills in building essential infrastructure are a major priority. What are the cutting-edge approaches to resource management essential for an era in which 70 per cent of the global population will live in cities? How are cities responding to the drought now affecting California – and how is this a lesson for future climate-related change and sea level rise in coastal cities? How can America’s cities support the implementation and export of technologies and practices that will be in demand here — and around the world — in the next century?
Panel Chair: Clinton Moloney, Managing Director, Sustainable Business Solutions, PwC
9:40 am Presentation by: Geeti Silwal, Associate Principal, Perkins + Will
10:00 am Presentation by: Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San Jose, CA
10:20 am Presentation by: Alma Du Solier, Principal, Populous
10:40 am Morning Break
11:10 am Session 7: The New Utility City
Cities and their residents are our major consumers of energy and water. But how it is produced, stored and used is now undergoing a major shift. Digital energy systems are on the rise, new battery technology is changing how we store energy, greenhouse gas emissions and ecological footprints will be closely measured and cities will be players in trading. It speaks to a massive re-think of the traditional utility and distribution systems. How can the utilities servicing our regional and national economies prepare for innovation in the energy and water sectors, as they lower GHG emissions, adapt to new technology, and keep the lights on?
Panel Chair: Clinton Robinson, Associate Vice President, State and Local Government
Affairs, Black & Veatch
11:55 pm Presentation by: William Collins, Director, Climate Readiness Institute and Kristina
Hill, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
12:15 pm Session 8: Adapting Toward 2050
Even if we meet the ambitious targets on limiting carbon emissions that were recently set in Paris, significant climate and ecological change will still occur, and bring with it a changed environment that will impact our cities. How should we be planning now for sea level rise, drought and intensification of storm patterns? How should we build and finance our cities toward 2050?
Panel Chair: William Collins, Director, Climate Readiness Institute
1:00 pm Closing Comments and Conference Close