ASA/APA Summit on Livable Communities: Planners and Aging Network Professionals Working Together to Plan Livable Communities for All Ages


Friday, March 24, 2017
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. CDT

Chicago, IL, USA

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Urban planners work with communities of all sizes to envision the form of future growth that fosters livable communities.
Aging Network professionals also create plans to help people live well in their homes and communities for as
long as possible. Policy researchers provide crucial information and tools applicable to practitioners in the field.
Join our esteemed panel of presenters* representing the planning, aging network and policy research disciplines for
an interactive and information rich summit.
Explore the latest planning tools including AARP’s Livability Index and Future of Housing Toolkit. Learn about
planning best practices from the field from speakers representing regional, county, city and urban/suburban
communities. Engage with colleagues across disciplines in facilitated break-out groups to identify how to better
collaborate to develop and implement policies and plans that advance livable communities for all people, regardless
of their age or ability.

Program Objectives:

  •       Explore the latest policy and planning tools, including AARP’s Livability Index and Future of Housing Toolkit, and a typology for establishing effective cross-sector relationships.
  •       Learn about distinct models of planning for livable communities, including unique perspectives from regional, county, city and urban/suburban communities.  
  •       Engage with colleagues across disciplines. In interactive discussion groups, identify how to better collaborate to develop and implement policies and plans that advance livable communities for all people, regardless of their age or ability.  
  •       Receive targeted new, take-home resources. Summit resources are designed to help planners to better collaborate on planning across sectors and advocate for critical policy changes with their local decision-makers.


Location:  Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Pre-registration required

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James Drinan, J.D.

Confirmed Speaker

James M. Drinan, J.D., is the Executive Director of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners, and serves as President of the APA Foundation. His responsibilities include leading the APA staff, representing the association, advancing the goals and objectives of the planning profession, and partnering ... Read More

Robert Stein, CAE, MBA

Confirmed Speaker

Robert (Bob) Stein, President and CEO, American Society on Aging. Robert Stein is a leader in nonprofit association management and brings to his new position more than thirty years of experience with a range of organizations in healthcare and philanthropy. Prior to joining ASA in March 2007, served as Executive ... Read More

Cathy Boyer-Shesol

Confirmed Speaker

KC Communities for All Ages Project Manager, Mid-America Regional Council Read More

Stephanie Firestone

Confirmed Speaker

Stephanie is a national and international age-friendly community thought leader and a strategic inter-organizational relationship-builder. She works at AARP International as a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for Health and Age-friendly Communities. As a 2015-2016 Health & Aging Policy Fellow, Stephanie worked with the American Planning Association and the U.S. Department ... Read More

Esther Greenhouse

Confirmed Speaker

Esther Greenhouse is a unique professional. She is an environmental gerontologist—a specialist in the impact of the built environment on older adults--and a designer. A nationally recognized expert in Universal Design and Aging in Place, her focus has expanded to include multigenerational community planning--a key approach to creating successful ... Read More

Rodney Harrell

Confirmed Speaker

Rodney Harrell is Director of Livable Communities for AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Livable communities are safe and secure, have affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources enhance personal independence; allow residents to age in place; and foster residents ... Read More

Laura Keyes, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Laura Keyes, Ph.D., an ACIP certified planner, holds a position of Lecturer in Nonprofit Management for the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas. Her doctoral dissertation examined Age Friendly Cities: the bureaucratic responsiveness effects on age friendly policy adoption. Prior to embarking on doctoral studies ... Read More

Jana Lynott, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Jana Lynott is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor on the Livable Communities Team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Jana manages AARP’s transportation research agenda and is responsible for developing the content of the Livable Communities chapter of the AARP Policy Book, adopted by the AARP Policy Council and ... Read More

Bradley Winick, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Brad Winick, AICP, LEED AP, is: • An urban planner and architect, having received both Master of Urban Planning and Policy and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago, • A planning consultant who has managed downtown, community, neighborhood, transportation, waterfront and open space planning projects for a ... Read More