Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, the current co-chair of Building America’s Future, provided insight into why communities must overcome their failure to act and begin investing more wisely in robust transportation systems, including public transportation. (Watch a video of Gov. Rendell’s speech here and read a recap of the event here.)
Greg DiLoreto from the American Society of Civil Engineers provided excellent insights into the consequences if we fail to invest in our infrastructure as well as examples of communities that have seen great benefits from local infrastructure investments. (Watch Mr. DiLoreto’s remarks here and read ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure here.)
Joe Minicozzi, real estate developer and principal at Urban3 consulting firm in Asheville, shared eye-opening data regarding the tax revenue production of varying development patterns and resulting impact on municipal and county budgets. (View Minicozzi’s presentation here.)
Economist Rob Dietz of the National Association of Homebuilders shared the results of a recent national poll regarding home-buying preferences with a focus on the millennial generation. (View Dietz’s presentation here.)
Greenwood City Manager Charlie Barrineau reported on the successful investments his city has made in its Uptown. (View Barrineau’s presentation here.)
Ed McMahon, fellow at the Urban Land Institute, discussed the “economics of uniqueness” and how successful communities distinguish themselves from others through deliberate planning and policy. You can watch McMahon’s complete presentation here, look at his PowerPoint here, and see video highlights here. Other speakers were Jennifer Tinsley of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments and Mayor Frank Crenshaw of Pendleton; their presentations can be accessed here.
Jessica Sargent, Director of Conservation Economics from the Trust for Public Land, presented on The Economic Benefits of Open Space. Other speakers were Jason Armstrong of Patrick Square traditional neighborhood development in Clemson and Chris Jennings of the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. View the speakers’ presentations here.