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Saturday➤ Suzi Ruhl, Senior Attorney Advisor, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S.EPA➤ Kenneth Pinnix, Branch/Project Manager, Eastside Environmental Council, Inc.➤ Wynetta Wright, Director, Eastside Environmental Council, Inc.Nautilus 3 D. Restoring the American City: Augusta, GA, and Laney Walker/Bethlehem [CM 1.5] ADVVisionary, financially innovative, strategic. That’s how people are talking about the revitalization of LaneyWalker/Bethlehem, a historic African-American community comprising 1,100 acres in the heart of Augusta,GA. At stake: reversing decades of disinvestment and blight and transforming Augusta into a model 21stcenturycity. In 2008, community stakeholders developed a vision focused on affordable housing, blightelimination, green space, retail and job opportunities, and community culture and heritage. City leadersthen responded with 50-year bond financing to catalyze the vision. As master developer, Augusta’s HousingDepartment has commissioned a market study, developed a master plan, green strategies, design guidelinesand financial incentives programs, and is now working with over two dozen pre-qualified firms on verticaldevelopment. The session will cover challenges and successes of this comprehensive effort, includinginnovative layered financing, policy framework, regulatory support, land acquisition strategies, greenstrategies, risk mitigation, incentives, marketing/branding and programmatic partnerships.➤ Patricia McIntosh, Principal/Founder, Melaver McIntosh➤ Chester Wheeler, III, Director, Housing and Community Development Department, Augusta, GA➤ Jesse Wiles, President, APD Urban Planning and Management54Nautilus 4E. Development-Oriented Transit: Innovative Economic Tools and Models[CM 1.5; PDH/HSW 1.5] INTIn the beginning of the 21st century, cities across the country have started to build transit not only to addresstransportation challenges, such as congestion, but also as an economic development tool to improve thelivability of cities, grow their tax bases and attract jobs. This session highlights innovative approaches fordevelopment-oriented transit, offering examples of how communities use unique tools and analyses toaffect land use strategies, implementation, and financial plans in a fiscally constrained environment. Viewedas economic development projects, the potential development impacts of streetcars can be directly linkedto property value capture analysis to support a funding strategy. With limited federal, state and local publicsector resources to provide capital dollars or operations funding,TIF and special assessment districts are twospecific tools for implementation. The speakers will examine specific examples from Atlanta, Charlotte andRhode Island.➤ Moderator: Elizabeth Schilling, Policy Manager, Smart Growth America➤ Daniel Hodge, Principal Economist, HDR Decision Economics➤ David Elvin, AICP, Senior Transit Planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission➤ Rick Gustafson,Vice President, Shiels Obletz Johnsen➤ Brian Leary, President and CEO, Atlanta Beltline, Inc.Session LevelsBeginnerBEGIntermediateINTAdvancedADVNautilus 1F. Planning and Managing the Urban Forest to Build Community Sustainabilityand Resilience [CM 1.5; PDH/HSW 1.5] INTKnowledge of the value of urban forests and green spaces in creating sustainable and livable communitieshas increased greatly in recent years. We can now quantify the ecological services, and economic and socialbenefits of healthy urban forests. Planning and managing urban natural resources to be more resilient tochanges, such as climate change, natural disasters and other disturbances, adds to these values and benefits,but also creates communities more resilient to negative impacts. This session will review the latest socialand physical scientific research on the benefits provided by urban forests and green spaces; present a casestudy of how the urban forest was incorporated into a city’s Climate Action Plan; and present a case study

of the application of urban forest management practices to build urban forest resilience and enhance acity’s overall sustainability.➤ Ed Macie, Regional Urban Forester, Southern Region, U.S.Forest Service➤ Walt Warriner, Community Forester, City of Santa Monica, CA➤ Kathy Wolf, Ph.D., Research Social Scientist, College of the Environment, University of Washington➤ Gene Hyde, City Forester, City of Chattanooga,TNSaturdaySpinnakerExecutive Center 2G. Coordinating Regional Initiatives with Local Partners to Advance Equity in Metro Boston[CM 1.5] ADVMetro Boston enjoys three substantial place-based investments to enhance its equity and smart growthcommunities: a HUD Sustainable Communities regional planning grant, Boston LISC’s Resilient Communities/Resilient Families initiative, and the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance’s Great Neighborhoods initiative.Each was launched at about the same time, and each seeks to create vibrant smart growth neighborhoods,while also connecting to regional movements around transit, climate changes, economic development andresident empowerment. This has created tremendous opportunities for synergy and collaboration, as wellas risks of duplication and overly burdensome requirements for local partners. This session will focus onhow multiple initiatives connect and find synergy through strategies such as early coordination of workthrough aligned work-plans, identifying shared capacity building needs, and aligned program evaluation.Speakers will share ways in which they are deepening their collaboration, and lessons they have learnedfor those who face similar opportunities and challenges.➤ Amy Cotter, Director of Regional Plan Implementation, Metropolitan Area Planning Council➤ Melissa Jones, Program Officer, Resilient Communities, Resilient Families and Community SafetyInitiatives, Local Initiatives Support Corporation➤ Ina Anderson, Partnerships Director, Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance➤ Marcos Beleche, Director of Community Organizing and Resident Resources, Codman SquareNeighborhood Development CorporationH. Heritage-Based Rural Development [CM 1.5; PDH/HSW 1.5] INTFarms are disappearing. Factories are closing. New development sprawls on the edge of town, while historicbuildings stand empty on Main Street. How can rural communities respond to these challenges? Too manyhave said yes to factory farms, big box retailers, casinos, prisons and other unsustainable economic development“solutions.” But there is another way, one that builds on the unique historic assets found in ruralcommunities and regions across the country. This session will outline the principles and strategies of“heritage-based rural development,”a concept developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservationin partnership with local and statewide organizations. Case studies from recent regional initiatives in ruralArkansas and Kentucky will be highlighted. Participants will receive a free copy of a new title in the NationalTrust’s Preservation Books series,“Heritage-Based Rural Development: Principles, Strategies and Steps.”➤ Moderator: Doug Loescher, Executive Director, National Trust Main Street Center,National Trust for Historic Preservation➤ Jim Lindberg, Field Director, National Trust for Historic Preservation➤ Beth Wiedower, Arkansas Delta Field Director, Rural Heritage Development Initiative,National Trust for Historic Preservation➤ Amy S.Potts, Rural Heritage Program Director, Preservation Kentucky55

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