NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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When planners designate retail uses without considering the economic and operational requirements needed for success, the result can be empty space and stakeholder disappointment. This panel will focus on what is essential for retail plans to become a reality.
In this 'doctor is in' type session, planners working in diverse communities can get advice from their peers. Topics available for discussion include affordable housing, arts and culture, economic development, gentrification, public health, public transportation and zoning.
This session is a practical exploration of the kind of structures, systems and strategies that need to be in place to maintain continuous economic development and growth through inevitable changes in administration.
America may be on the precipice of technological and social changes which can substantially alter the planning and management of regions. What are the best local government and regional models for economic progress and innovation in the U.S. towards a more collaborative, evidence based, equitable and sustainable model?
Suburban office markets in the US are under performing, due to a combination of shifting workplace needs and preferences, and an increasing functional obsolescence on the part of the building stock, building amenities and overall land use patterns and design. Review the broad changes in the office workplace nationally, and the trials and tribulations of the re-purposing process in New Jersey.
Attendees will learn about three supply chain studies (Food, Fuel and General Supply Chain Infrastructure) that have been recently completed, giving NYC government officials a comprehensive look at how goods move in and around the city.
Examine the evidence on how tax incentives impact economic development as well as state and local finances. Discuss best practices for using incentives in the most cost-effective way.
Cities are eyeing their industrial areas as places to accommodate growth. However, these industrial areas serve necessary economic and equity functions. Hear how San Francisco and New York are supporting growth in these areas while maintaining their industrial function.
Innovation Districts have captured the attention and imagination of planners and development officials around the world. However, few cities can marshal the resources and level of investment that reflect the concept's most successful models. Explore the complexities of innovation districts by looking at the economic, talent, real estate and equity factors that help to drive long-term investment
The proforma is the major decision making tool for developers. It tells whether their project will make money or needs to be reimagined. Planners should be familiar with proformas because they can help describe a project to prospective investors.
Many cities regularly give out various tax incentives, credits, and rebates to induce additional (and much needed) development within the community. But are these incentives really needed? And how much incentive is too much?
Explore the famed (but long-neglected) Coney Island waterfront and explore how resilience and community planning are redefining how New York responds to rising sea levels and threats from climate change to the area. Learn about the area's history, strategic initiatives, and economic development goals, as well as promising projects in the pipeline.
Elijah Hutchinson | Gillian Connell | Catherine Nguyen
Over the last 50 years the New York City Economic Development Corporation has helped stabilize and transform the City’s economy. Featuring three NYCEDC presidents including its first and its current leader, this panel will reflect on major projects of the past as well as NYCEDC’s vision for the future.
This poster proposes a vibrant maritime innovation ecosystem for Annapolis, Maryland and includes an evidence-based strategy for how this can be implemented by the city. The strategy addresses social, spatial, economic, and environmental aspects of the area.
The Oregon Main Street Program supports small, local business development in Portland. This poster examines the program's efficacy based on changes in economic growth, urban-design features, and business-owner satisfaction on two city streets.
This poster argues that economic sustainability is intrinsically tied to worker retention. Learn tools to help businesses in small urban and rural communities keep younger workers and engage in environmentally and socially responsible practices for the benefit of the regional economy.
The State of Georgia is the 50th state in the U.S. to be craft brewery friendly due to its restriction on distributing and selling beer from the brewery's facility. The comeback of craft breweries has been flourishing since 2006 and has been thriving in many cities throughout the States.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems are comprised of organizations, capital, and people that foster thriving start-ups. Today, regions are strengthening their ecosystems through mapping, measuring and connecting resources. This session hosts a discussion on feasible ways to foster ecosystem resources and track progress.
John Provo | Sarah Lyon-Hill | Margaret Cowell
The panel will discuss in detail the efforts of four cities to achieve sustainable economic development working as part of a 14-community consortium to identify revitalization issues and develop best practices to address them. Each of the four case studies deals with a key aspect of sustainable economic development and illustrates how they have succeeded.
Learn about New York’s multimodal freight network on this walking tour of the South Brooklyn waterfront. Stops will include the 65th Street Rail Yard, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bush Terminal, and South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. Enjoy a picnic in Bush Terminal Piers Park at the tour's end.
Non-traditional economic models — from creative and sharing economies to urban design and quality of life amenities — are increasingly vital considerations for developing robust economic strategies. Explore the opportunities presented by proactive and multi-faceted approaches to planning for tomorrow’s economy.