CityAge to Look at Building the Resilient American City in Florida Next Week

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CityAge Looks at How to Build the Resilient American City in Florida

The Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale ~ Feb. 22 & 23, 2017

For Immediate Release 

Fort Lauderdale — Leaders from more than 50 American cities and 100 organizations and businesses are gathering in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 22-23 to discuss the future of U.S. cities. Topics they will discuss include: how new investments in infrastructure can be used to build and rebuild cities: the investments needed to address sea level rise and resiliency, and new partnerships to build an inclusive innovation economy. 

Produced by CityAge, an international network of 5,000 leaders involved in the business of city building, the two-day event is being hosted by the City of Fort Lauderdale.

“We’re fortunate to bring the CityAge to Florida for the first time,” said Miro Cernetig, one of CityAge’s founders. “Given its growth, response to resiliency challenges and a dynamic economy with growing global reach, Florida’s leaders in the business of city building should be part of the CityAge network.”

Key subject areas at CityAge Florida will include how business, government and research leaders are dealing with challenges such as sea level rise and building resilient cities, new transportation models and how to use of data to run and build cities. A key focus will be put on how to target promised federal infrastructure spending to the best projects, using private and public partnerships models.

WHERE: The event begins at 8:30 AM at the Riverside Hotel in downtown Fort Lauderdale and will run throughout the day of February 22. Day two on February 23 start will start at 8:30 AM and run through noon.

Speakers include:
  • Jack Seiler, Mayor, City of Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Francisco Garcia, Chief Planner, City of Miami, FL
  • Nitin Motwani, Managing Director, Miami Worldcenter Group
  • Bertha Henry, County Administrator, Broward County Government
  • Lee Feldman, City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Terry Bennett, Lead Strategist, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk
  • Sheryl Sculley, City Manager, City of San Antonio, TX
  • Mark Taylor, Chief of Staff, City of Long Beach, CA
  • Kevin Thibault, Senior Vice President and Florida Infrastructure Leader, Parsons (Tampa, FL)
  • Mary Scott Nabers, President & CEO, Strategic Partnerships (Austin, TX)
  • Lowell Clary, President, Clary Consulting
  • Albert Slap, President, Coastal Risk Consulting, LLC
  • Hardeep Anand, Deputy Director, Capital Improvement, Miami Dade Water and Sewer
  • Jean-Pierre Bardet, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Miami
  • Jimmy Morales, City Manager, Miami Beach
  • Anthony Abbate, Associate Provost and Architect, Florida Atlantic University
  • Darcy Immerman, Senior Vice President, Resiliency, AECOM (Boston, MA)
  • Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando, FL
  • Conor Sen, Columnist, Bloomberg View, Portfolio Manager, New River Investments (Atlanta, GA)
  • Dane Stangler, Vice President, Research and Policy, The Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City, MO)
  • David Coddington, Vice President, Business Development, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
  • Joshua Wright, Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Emsi (Moscow, Idaho)
  • Jeff Friedman, Director of Modern Government, Microsoft (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Alice Bravo, Director of Transportation and Public Works, Miami-Dade County
  • Christopher Hodgkins, Chief Executive Officer, Miami Tunnel
  • Mark Rogers, Advanced Transportation Systems, Siemens
  • Kathleen Woods-Richardson, City Manager, City of Miramar, FL
  • Mike Parker, National Infrastructure Leader, EY
  • Jaana Remes, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute (San Francisco, CA)
  • Carl Weisbrod, Chairman, New York City Planning Commission
  • Kim Briesemeister, Principal, Redevelopment Management Associates
  • Chris Brown, Principal, Redevelopment Management Associates
  • Troy Ballard, Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Jake Gordon, CEO, Downtown Vision (Jacksonville, FL)

CityAge has been helping lead the conversation in the business of city since 2012. In 2017, CityAge editions will be held in Washington, DC, Toronto, San Diego, Los Angeles and other cities.

For further information contact CityAge co-founders:

Miro Cernetig: miro@cityage.org       778-865-1557

Marc Andrew: marc@cityage.org       778-835-0633

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