Keynote Speakers

 

Plenary Session

Infrastructure Inflection Point: How Ohio’s Communities Can Take Advantage of Growing Federal Investment

 

Friday, October 1 @ 12:00 PM

Live Online + Recorded
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Adie

America’s regional infrastructure is at a key inflection point. After decades of relying on a similar urban growth model, communities have begun to consider new approaches to infrastructure planning and investment that can better support economically inclusive and environmentally resilient places. However, natural environmental threats and deeply rooted economic injustices could leave communities weakened if leadership doesn’t purposely respond. Now, with the federal government poised to send billions of new capital and operations funding to the state, Ohio has a grand opportunity to rethink their long-range plans and reorient public policy in support of a more inclusive and resilient future. Join Adie Tomer, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution + Director of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative for an encouraging and boosting session followed by Q&A.

 

Keynote Session

Confessions of a Recovering Engineer

 

Monday, October 18 @ 12:00 PM

Live Online + Recorded
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Confessions of a Recovering Engineer

Chuck Marohn, professional engineer and founder of the Strong Towns movement, lifts the curtain on America’s transportation system in his newest book, Confessions of a Recovering Engineer. In this book tour presentation, Marohn demonstrates how the values of engineers and other transportation professionals are applied in the design process, and how those priorities differ from the values of the general public. By showing how transportation investments are a means to an end and not an end unto themselves, Marohn reveals how the standard approach to issues like fighting congestion, addressing speeding, and designing intersections only makes transportation problems worse, at great cost in terms of both safety and resources. By contrast, the Strong Towns approach to transportation focuses on bottom-up techniques for spending less and getting higher returns, all while improving quality of life for residents of a community.

*BONUS! Those in attendance will receive a special event code to enter on our website at the conclusion of the session. The first 50 entries will receive a signed copy of Chuck's new book!