Networking Activities

Networking Reception

Thursday, February 13 — 8:30 – 9:30 PM

The first full day of sessions and tours will be capped off with a dynamic evening plenary and a hosted networking reception. This social event is designed to get our multi-disciplinary audience talking and networking with each other early in the conference.

Networking Lunch for Health Professionals

Thursday, February 13 — 12:00-1:30 PM

Come meet your colleagues working on health and built environment issues around the country.  Discuss your experience integrating smart growth strategies into your work as a health professional or how you’d like to get started.  Exchange information about smart growth practices, what worked, what didn’t, and insights gained. Participants will walk away with new ideas and a network of health professionals to call on for technical assistance. Light refreshments will be provided.

Networking Health Flyer

Networking Activities

Equity Networking Session. “Strategic Partnerships for Creating Equitable & Resilient Communities”

Friday, February 14 — 7:30-8:30 AM

Grab your breakfast and take advantage of this engaging opportunity to network with other conference participants working on social equity and environmental justice issues across the country. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from others on challenges that they have faced in their communities; brainstorm strategies for innovative solutions; and discuss the positive results that diverse partnerships can play in creating more equitable communities.

Rural Networking Session. Smart Growth in Rural Communities and Small Towns:  An Emporium of Ideas

Friday, February 14 — 7:30-8:30 AM

Rural communities and small towns across the country are implementing approaches that help their communities strengthen their economies, protect the environment, and enhance quality of life.  Do you already work on smart growth issues in a rural area or small town, and want to know what others are doing?  Are you interested in learning more about implementing smart growth in your town?  Have you heard about smart growth in rural places and small towns and thought, what is this all about?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then this networking session is for you!  The session will be an “emporium of ideas,” with small group discussions on economic diversification, demographic change, rural resource constraints, and will build on the themes discussed in many of the rural/small town sessions taking place during the conference.  Please join us to contribute and learn from these rich conversations, and to connect with others working in small town and rural contexts.

Rural Small Town Networking Session Flyer

Update on the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Friday, February 14 — 7:30-8:30 AM

The federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities has been working for over four years to better coordinate federal investments for sustainable communities. Come hear perspectives from federal leadership about the Partnership’s progress so far — how agencies have integrated partnership principles into core programs and how they are working more closely with regional offices and on-the-ground programs. Learn what’s next for the Partnership in 2014, including grant opportunities and program priorities. Please bring your own ideas for how the Partnership agencies can continue to support sustainable communities efforts across the country.

Public Coffee

Friday, February 14 — 3:00-3:30 PM; Saturday, February 15 — 9:45-10:15 AM

logo-publiccoffeePublic Coffee is a mobile coffee shop. Made from a converted trailer, we pop-up around Denver serving coffee to start meaningful conversations. Adaptable so it can be used and shared by everyone to create the community they wish to see, Public Coffee activates spaces to build community and connection. It aims to be the host who introduces strangers to one another, offer the delicious taste of getting to know the many faces of a community, and function as an open center for thinkers and creators to bring together different perspectives. We encourage people to just slow down, pick a drink, and join an engaging conversation.

Have you ever sat through a motivating conference and, when you left, realized you had no one to share the inspiration, thoughts, or questions that you had? Public Coffee wants to give you the chance to meet and share your thoughts with others at the New Partners conference. During our “coffee break” conversations, dive into these larger ideas and continue developing these ideas with someone you might not have ever connected with. Public Coffee will be serving coffee to tie together everyone’s brilliant ideas during the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning scheduled coffee breaks in the Centennial Foyer.

Conference Program

Sessions by Time

The main Conference Program will span three full days with optional pre-conference events scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, and Sunday, February 16.

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Networking Activities

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