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 SpeakerCurrently Director of City Planning, City of Norfolk, VA Previously served as Director of Community Development for New Kent County, Chief Planner for York County and Assistant Planner for James City County Also previously employed as a project manager for US Army and self-employed as the co-owner of a scuba diving business Current President of the American Planning Association Virginia Chapter; 4 years as Vice-President Policy & Legislation of APA Virginia Chapter Member of APA Legislative Policy Committee; co-author of Hazard Mitigation Policy Guide adopted in 2014 and Freight Policy Guide in 2016 Certified Floodplain Manager Outside of work, active as a volunteer in Boy Scouts, Virginia High School League and USA Swimming; serve as a member of the Swim & Dive Rules Committee for the National Federation of High School Associations During tenure as Planning Director, Norfolk has taken a leadership role in planning for resilience and thriving as a city in a rising water environment.
, City of St. Louis
, St. Louis
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Roe is currently the 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. The City’s Geographic Information System is maintained by the agency. The department also provides data and research via both the direct production by staff of research reports based on data and best practices and by maintaining various web based databases. 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 with a consulting firm 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
Confirmed SpeakerJason Jordan serves as APA's Director of Policy and Communications. The Policy Director is responsible for government affairs, public information, and policy efforts of the association. This includes development of APA's policy guides and statements, communication with the media, outreach to allied organizations and the public to bring visibility to APA and the planning profession. He also manages relationships with Chapters and Divisions regarding their legislative and public relations programs at the state and regional levels.