Special Conference Features

Optional Events, Networking Activities, & Special Features

Several optional workshops, networking activities, and other special features are part of, or are being held in conjunction with the 10th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. Additional fees apply and pre-registration is required for some of these events, while others are free to any conference attendees interested in participating.

Optional Pre-Conference Tour

Smart Growth Tour: Big City, Suburbs, Small Towns, Old and New
January 31st to February 2nd, 2011

REGISTER NOW! Registration deadline has been extended. Call for information, 916-448-1198 x323.

Join walkability experts Dan Burden and Paul Zykofsky for an action-packed 3-day tour that will take you from downtown Charlotte and its historic classic neighborhoods to surrounding suburbs, converted mill towns and villages, to the mountain City of Asheville. Each stop will be an opportunity to learn how a wide range of Smart Growth strategies are being implemented in communities of all sizes and shapes in this vibrant region.

The tour starts at 9:30 am on Monday, January 31 at the Westin Charlotte Hotel (venue for the New Partners for Smart Growth conference) in downtown Charlotte and ends at the same location on Wednesday night. The tour will cover many modes of transportation including public transit, walking and coach bus.

Download the Tour Flyer (PDF) | Download Registration Form (PDF) | Download Tour Itinerary (PDF)

Tour Leaders:
Dan Burden is considered North America’s walkability guru with over 30 years of experience in designing for pedestrians and bicyclists. Dan is founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. Since 1995, he has visited and worked in over 200 communities every year and has traveled extensively throughout the Carolinas and the Charlotte region.

Paul Zykofsky, AICP, is Associate Director at the Local Government Commission. Over the past 16 years he has worked with local jurisdictions on creating walkable, livable communities that incorporate the best principles of Smart Growth and placemaking.

Dan Gallager, Charlotte’s Transportation Planning Manager, is deeply involved with applying innovative transportation tools to retrofit neighborhoods and create walkable, bicycle- and transit-friendly new neighborhoods.

Optional Pre-Conference Workshops

Achieving Equitable Development: Strategies to Empower Community Organizations
February 2nd, 2011

As a follow up to the highly successful "Working Together for Equitable Development" workshop held in conjunction with the 2010 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Seattle, WA, this new daylong workshop will focus on capacity building within neighborhood and community based organizations to engage on growth and development issues in their neighborhoods, communities and regions. Capacity building will take place through on-site training and peer-to-peer exchange.

During this one-day workshop, participants will:

  • Get to know federal, state, local and tribal tools and programs that support equitable development.
  • Hear from community leaders who have forged successful partnerships.
  • Learn about opportunities for collaboration between smart growth, equitable development and environmental justice.
  • Explore why integrating these efforts is critical and necessary to right past wrongs, can revitalize America’s disadvantaged communities, grow the economy, and create healthy and sustainable urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.
  • Learn about tools and strategies to help finance equitable development.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration is $39. You can register for this special event using our online registration system. Download the most current workshop agenda below.

Workshop Agenda (PDF)

Smarter Codes, Smarter Growth: How to Achieve your Smart Growth Goals through Zoning Code Reform
Wednesday, February 2nd – 9:00-6:00pm

Sponsored by the Transect Codes Council

Fourteen of the nation’s leading Smart Growth practitioners, led by renowned urbanist Andres Duany, provide an information-packed, day-long workshop at the Westin Charlotte Hotel. This workshop will provide everything you ever wanted to know about Smart Growth Codes, the most effective tools cities have for creating healthy, walkable communities. For the very low price of $89, you will receive a boxed lunch, AICP credits, and the fun of being in a room full of folks who are like you, searching for the most timely and cost-effective ways to get from sprawl-inducing conventional zoning to comprehensive coding for character, community and public health. Register at Center for Applied Transect Studies. Download the workshop flier.

Promoting Safety and Livability Through Smart Growth: A Training for Injury Prevention Professionals (by invitation only)
Pre-Conference Training, Wednesday, February 2nd — 8:00am – 5:00pm

Sponsored by the Safe States Alliance and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Conducted by Safe & Healthy Communities Consulting.

This training will provide injury prevention professionals with strategies on how to integrate injury-specific public health goals into transportation planning and the larger Smart Growth movement. The training will also serve to build the capacity of injury prevention programs to effectively promote policies and practices that create safe, healthy, and livable communities. For more information on this event, please contact the Safe States Alliance at info 'AT' safestates 'DOT' org.

Networking Reception

Thursday, February 3rd — 8:45-10:00pm
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.