APA Arkansas Chapter 2014 Spring Meeting: Strong Cities & Towns

APA Arkansas Chapter


Thursday, April 3, 2014, 8 a.m.
Friday, April 4, 2014, noon CDT

Fayetteville, AR, United States


Local government decisions are dominated by our desire to experience growth and create jobs, but what if these short term objectives are undermining the long term health of our cities? Session I explains how the way we currently build and finance cities provides an “illusion of wealth” but creates enormous long term liabilities. Participants will learn how local governments can make high return investments and update methods for evaluating the financial viability of a project. Session II explains while highway building once was seen at a tool for growth and job creation, that correlation is no longer guaranteed, especially at the local level. With road maintenance liabilities overwhelming federal, state and local budgets, a more strategic approach is needed. By understanding the difference between a road and a street, local governments can spend less money and attain better results, improving their financial health. Session III explores the value of Integrated Site Design and the dangers of continuing as we have in the past to the environment and health of the community as well as flood and cost issues. Session IV explores the transformation of single-family housing developments will likely be a great challenge in the decades ahead using case studies.