Special Features

On-site Bookstore: Judge Smart Growth by Its Cover

Tattered Cover Book Store, a local bookstore that opened in Denver in 1957, is one of the country’s largest independent book retailers. They will be on-site at the conference, carrying a selection of smart-growth titles authored by many of our conference speakers. Stop by, browse – and buy!

Store hours:
Thursday, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Friday, 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Parklets 2.0

Taking Transformed Spaces Indoors!

 DBGLogoColor1Coordinated by the ASLA, New Partners will once again include several intriguing indoor parklet experiences. These interactive models will showcase how a parklet can transform a couple of under-utilized parking spaces into exciting opportunities for creating more vibrant (parking) spaces in your community. Learn how other cities are turning asphalt into small, Streetscapes-Logoon-the-street spots of greenery and temporary seating into parklets that enliven the streetscape and extend gathering places and outdoor seating for restaurants.

Read more about the Denver parklets…

Technology Fair

An Interactive Demonstration of Tools for Smart Planning

Friday, February 14, 2014 — 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Lobby outside Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Denver

Marine Siohan from PlaceMatters and Ted Cochin from EPA

Take a stroll through the Technology Fair and try out cutting edge tools for scenario planning and public engagement. You can also talk to leading tool developers and users about how to put these tools to work for you. Tools on exhibit will include:

  • Mapping and alternative analysis tools;
  • Tools for understanding and communicating complexity;
  • Online tools and mobile apps to engage typically underrepresented stakeholders.

PlaceMatters, along with EPA and the Open Source Planning Tools Collaborative, created this open house to bring together leading tool developers and users to demonstrate their value in smart planning to New Partners for Smart Growth attendees.

Tool Providers will include:

  • Calthorpe Associates featuring UrbanFootprint
  • Denver Regional COG featuring the Denver Regional Equity Atlas
  • ESRI featuring Community Analyst Online
  • GreaterPlaces.com featuring GreaterPlaces
  • Fregonese Associates, Inc. featuring Envision Tomorrow
  • LocalData featuring LocalData
  • MetroQuest featuring MetroQuest
  • OpenPlans featuring Plan In A Box / Shareabouts
  • PlaceMatters featuring CrowdGauge,Brainstorm Anywhere,Pedestrian Data Collection Tool
  • PlaceWays featuring CommunityViz
  • Plan-it Geo featuring Urban Forest Cloud Web Apps
  • U.S. HUD featuring the Location Affordability Portal
  • U.S. EPA featuring the Smart Location Database
  • Urban Interactive Studio featuring BrightPages

Denver Urban Sampler Walking Tour

In conjunction with the Local Government Commission‘s national New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Walk2Connect is offering participants the opportunity to engage in a tasty, social pre-conference physical activity!

Strap on your walking shoes and join us for a strolling crash course in the sights, history, art, flavors and brews of 4 of Denver’s unique and thriving urban neighborhoods. Participants will sample locally crafted beer and food, seek out world-class guerrilla art and learn about Denver’s history while enjoying the personal, social and communal wellness of experiencing life at 3mph.

Registration is is $25 and space is limited to 25 participants. Wednesday, February 12 from 1:00 to 4:30 PM. Meet in downtown Denver for about 5-6 miles of exciting urban walking!

Register here!

Public Coffee

Friday, 3:00-3:30 PM; Saturday, 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.

The Doctor Is In

Prescriptions to Create Sustainable Communities through EPA’s Building Blocks Program (An Encore Presentation)

dr_inDo your streets need a diet? Are you experiencing unwanted growth? Or maybe a population hemorrhage? Do you need an infill transplant? Have any other built environment ailment?

The EPA, along with a team of national smart growth experts, has created the elixir to your planning and development health ills. It comes in a Building Blocks Toolbox of smart growth-related concepts and strategies that can assist your community in creating better public spaces, more vibrant, mixed-use districts and a healthier attitude toward what it means to be a sustainable community.

The toolbox contains dozens of resources that can assist communities of all sizes and shapes. During the conference, the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities will be holding 20-minute “office hours” to match your ailment with a prescription from the toolbox.

Appointments are encouraged, although walk-ins can be accommodated. Check out the list of tools at epa.gov/smartgrowth/buildingblocks.htm#tools to determine your topic of conversation. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting Kevin Nelson at nelson.kevin@epa.gov.

Share the knowledge!

Take home the audio on your USB stick for just $10 per session. Hungry Mind Recordings will have digital recordings available of the speakers as MP3 audio files. Get a free USB flash drive with purchase of a full set – just $395. Special coupon (valid only when purchasing on-site): Buy two (90-minute) sessions, get one free. Visit their table to purchase at the conference and online at hungrymindrecordings.com after the event to download directly to your computer.

Pre-Conference Tour

Forward Thinking on the Front Range

3-Day Smart-Growth Tour ■ February 10 – 12

range-smallSpend three days exploring towns on the leading edge of community design. Led by national walkability experts Dan Burden, Mark Fenton and Paul Zykofsky, you will visit Fort Collins, Boulder, Golden and nearby areas where streets and blocks created with a “people first” vision have become strong, vibrant places. The tour will begin Monday afternoon to allow time for arrivals into Denver, and wrap up Wednesday evening in time to kick off the New Partners conference on Thursday morning.

For updates and more info: walklive.org / Register Today

FREE Transit Passes

RTD Transit Passes for All Conference Attendees


The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is generously providing complimentary transit passes for all New Partners for Smart Growth Conference attendees. The passes are valid for use on all RTD buses and light rail from Wednesday through Sunday (February 12-16). Participants will be able to pick up their free passes when they check in during onsite conference registration hours at the Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel. More details will be included in participant confirmation material sent out in early January 2014.

Denver B-Cycle

Denver B-Cycle has teamed up the the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference to get our attendee’s cycling around Denver!

Denver B-Cycle has offered all attendees of the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference a discount to utilize their exciting new bikesharing system! The price has been reduced to just $5 for a 24 hour unlimited ride pass!

Denver B-cycle is Denver’s bike sharing system, spanning 84 stations and 700 bikes throughout downtown and various neighborhoods in Denver. Denver B-cycle was the first large scale bike sharing network in the US formed in the wake of a very successful pilot program at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. With stations located at many prominent dining, shopping, sporting venues, hotels, and business areas, Denver B-cycle is the best way to get around Denver!

Ride in style with Uber!

Our friends over at Uber are providing $20 off for NEW users to the New Partners for Smart Growth conference! This discount may be used to get around town, or for ground transportation to and from the airport. Uber offers both a town car and SUV option, and since fees are per ride and not per passenger, pile on in!

To claim your discounted ride, please sign up for an Uber account by downloading the app to your iPhone or Android and enter the code: smartgrowth under “promotions”.

Or just sign up here: uber.com/go/smartgrowth

Central Denver Bicycling Infrastructure Tour

The City of Denver has planned and built extraordinary bicycle friendly infrastructure—such as the innovative Cherry Creek Corridor and components in the South Platte Master Plan—exemplifying outstanding public private non-profit partnerships. The Denver Bicycle Touring Club has graciously agreed to guide a few intrepid bicyclists riding Denver Bike Share B-Cycles on an excursion to experience these accomplishments first hand.

There is no charge for the tour, but participants will need to check out a B-Cycle or bring their own bike.  Weather permitting, the tour will depart at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, February 12 from a location to be determined near the Denver Hyatt, and be done by noon. Limited to ten cyclists, call Tommy Noyes at (808) 639-1018 for more information or to enroll.

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.

Equitable Development

Healthy Food Systems

Networking Activities

Special Features