New Models for Regional Economic Resilience
You'll learn about:
Understanding new regional models for economic collaboration and progress.
Methods for fostering regional alliances in new cities and regions.
Benefits of regional collective impact efforts for economic development.
Media coverage in recent years has highlighted stagnant wages and inequality across the U.S. These trends are increasingly major challenges for planners. Public sector investment policy is often based in theory of accruing economic benefits to citizens through support for continued global trade, public financing for economic development and benefits from new technological advances. Yet present day uncertainties call into question the processes cities and regions should undertake to sustain economic growth. Has peak benefits from globalization already occurred? Will technology including driverless cars undermine present day transportation investment choices? How can new alliances of public agencies and non-profit organizations alter the historical investment choices to benefit more equitable and environmentally sustainable economic growth?
Present day economic issues are relevant to public sector policy and transportation investment choices that are made by cities and regions. Cities and regions across America have benefited from transportation modes enabled through burning of fossil fuels. Yet 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? How can cities, counties and regions work across jurisdictional boundaries as well as collaborate with private sector actors, academics and NGOs to ensure greater progress? A panel of regional leaders and NADO leadership will focus on examples for better regional economic progress. A summary of key strategies and actions will be presented as an outline for a path forward.
, Washington, DC
Confirmed SpeakerChuck Bean is an executive and civic leader with more than 25 years of experience in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Bean is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), one of the country’s prominent regional councils, where he leads a staff of 130 people. COG is an independent, nonprofit association that brings area leaders together to address major regional issues, including economic development, land-use, human services, public safety, and environmental and transportation planning. Its membership is comprised of 300 elected officials from 23 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and U.S. Congress. Bean became Executive Director in 2012. Bean served as President of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington from 2002-2012, an alliance of leaders working together to strengthen the nonprofit community. Before 2002, Bean was the director of the Community Capacity Fund, a project of Washington Grantmakers, Inc., that provided grants to help local organizations respond to and recover from the September 11 terrorist attacks. Bean has also led a national consortium of foundations that invested in federal Empowerment Zones located in historically underserved communities, and served as vice president of the Eureka Foundation, a fellowship program for nonprofit executive directors. At the New York City Department of Social Services, he led plans to implement welfare reform throughout the city. Bean began his career by founding Co-Invest Guatemala, a nonprofit organization that attracted foreign investment to Guatemala to create jobs. Bean earned his Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
, MZ Strategies, LLC
Confirmed SpeakerMariia Zimmerman is Founder and Principal of MZ Strategies, LLC. With over two decades of experience in the public and private sectors, Mariia has led a wide range of technical, research, and planning efforts addressing such critical community needs as infrastructure policy and affordable housing to community development finance and anti-displacement strategies. Mariia served previously as the Deputy Director for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Sustainable Communities and Housing, and with Reconnecting America where she served as interim director of Transportation for America, and Policy Director for the Center for Transit-Oriented Development. Recent publications to which she contributed include “Emerging Trends in Regional Planning,” published by the American Planning Association, and “Communities are Embracing Development Near Transit” with AARP. Mariia is the current Vice Chair for Metropolitan and Regional Planning of the American Planning Association’s Regional and Intergovernmental Division, and serves on the Board of Directors for national the Shared Use Mobility Center. She has advanced degrees in Geography from PennState and Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota, and was a Visiting Fellow with Virginia Tech between 2012 - 2016.
, Reuter Strategy
Invited SpeakerDan Reuter leads the planning firm Reuter Strategy. Dan retired in 2016 as the Manager of the Community Development Division for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) where he served since 1999. The Division is responsible for regional comprehensive planning duties under Georgia law including the Region's Plan, development and review of local government Comprehensive Plans, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI), management of the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), transit oriented development (TOD), historic preservation, housing and residential development policy, greenspace planning and overall regional land use policy. The Division also manages the Regional Economic Competitiveness Strategy, Regional Leadership Institute (RLI), annual LINK trip and the Arts and Culture Committee. Reuter previously served as an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech City and Regional Planning program. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) and currently serves as the Chair of the American Planning Association (APA) Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division (RIPD). He is a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute. Prior to the ARC, Reuter was Director of the Douglas County and Glynn County Planning and Zoning Departments as well as Transportation Planner for the Savannah-Chatham and Athens-Clarke County Planning Departments. Reuter received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business in 1988 and his Master of Science degree from Georgia State University in 1992.
, National Association of Development Organizations
Confirmed SpeakerJoe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington, DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 540 regional planning and development organizations. Joe has twenty-six years of experience having served in city, county, regional and national association and government management since 1991. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a Masters Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organization, Mr. McKinney served as Executive Director of Land-of-Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from January 2003 until October 2012. Under his leadership, Land-of-Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation and program expansion in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems.