Transatlantic City Solutions
The United States and the United Kingdom confront similar challenges whether managing political changes, addressing equity, advancing affordable housing or pursuing new economic strategies. This session will bring together a conversation of planning leaders in four cities with similar issues and dynamics – 2 in the US and 2 in the UK – to talk about what’s working and what each country can learn from the other. The interactive dialogue format will focus on issues such as resiliency, housing, regeneration, inclusive growth, municipal finance, and innovative public engagement.
, Plymouth City Council
, Royal Town Planning Institute
Confirmed SpeakerGeorge M Homewood FAICP CFM • Currently Director of City Planning, City of Norfolk • More than 30 years of professional planning experience including having been planning director for more than 20 years during which time authored or co-authored multiple award-winning plans, policies and ordinances • President of the American Planning Association (APA) Virginia Chapter 2012-2017; Vice-President Policy & Legislation of APA Virginia Chapter 2008-2012 • Member of APA Legislative Policy Committee; co-author of Hazard Mitigation Policy Guide adopted in 2014 and Freight Policy Guide adopted in 2016 • Member of APA Emerging Issues Task Force 2015-2016 • Outside of work, active as a volunteer in Boy Scouts, USA Swimming, Virginia High School League and National Federation of State High School Associations for which currently a member of the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee As Planning Director of Norfolk, VA which hosts the world's largest naval base and is the east coast's most at-risk city for sea level rise, Mr. Homewood has been a national leader in promoting a long-term vision of resilience to strengthen physical, economic and social resilience in a rising water environment. Collaboration and asset mapping are the keys to this approach to resilience.
, City of St. Louis
, St. Louis
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Roe is currently the Executive Director of Planning and Urban Design for the City of St. Louis’ Planning and Urban Design Agency, having held senior management positions in the agency since its inception in 1999. A small planning staff undertakes urban design and planning projects at both a district and city level. The agency, via the Cultural Resource Office, conducts design and demolition review in Historic Districts. He is deeply involved in Legacy City challenges facing St. Louis a RC100 city with; a fixed ( since late 1800's) geographic limit of 62 sq. miles, a population loss of more than half its population, vacant buildings and lots in neighborhoods many of which are historically and currently racially segregated. As a private consultant with both for profit and non-profit organizations, Mr. Roe has worked on a variety of planning issues both in older Midwestern inner cities and rapid growth communities of the Western United States. Earlier in his career he was engaged in planning projects in small New England communities. He has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.
, American Planning Association