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Nov 12, 2013

FutureStructure Summit 2013: Transportation & the Built Environment Overview

Please note: Online registration for this event is now closed. Please register on-site. Thank you.

This is an invitation-only event.


FutureStructure is a new framework for thinking through and solving the challenges faced in building economically and socially robust communities. The aim of FutureStructure is to overcome the constraints inherent in haphazard and silo'd approaches that communities often take when conceiving, investing in and building their futures.

FutureStructure starts from the premise that a community or region is best envisioned as a large system of deeply interdependent smaller systems. These systems include "hard infrastructure" for things like transportation and utilities to "soft infrastructure" that support human capital, like education and economic development.

Harnessing developments in technology, like powerful analytics and the "internet of things" combined with designing communities as systems, FutureStructure is about what gets built, but more importantly how it's built and especially how what gets built connects with everything else.

This, the second of two 2013 FutureStructure Summits, will focus on opportunities and challenges associated with transportation and the built environment. The first Summit on the water, waste and energy takes place on August 29th in Chicago, Illinois.

Engage with colleagues at this invitation-only gathering of government leaders from across the US for a day of discussions about a new approach to 21st century city and community building. Hear thought provoking expert presentations and share your perspectives about:

Cities as Systems
Connected and well integrated, smarter with greater responsiveness to community needs, supportive of and less destructive to the environment, energy efficient with systems themselves designed to be maximally efficient, responsive to new technological opportunities in design and construction and less expensive to build and operate

Smart, Connected and Integrated Infrastructure
Technology promises to transform how we build, view and interact with the physical structures in the world around us. Smart infrastructure makes more efficient use of resources and improves the quality of life for the people who use it.

FutureStructure and Transportation
New ideas, policies and technologies are needed if we're to keep pace with 21st century mobility needs. Most of today's aging transportation system, largely designed and built to serve 19th and 20th century carbon heavy communities, needs modernization. Solutions range from intelligent traffic management tools to new integrated transit strategies, alternate fuels and high efficiency vehicles - all designed to help us get where we need to go faster, more affordably and with greater ease and safety.

FutureStructure and the Built Environment
We spend the majority of our lives in buildings where we work, live and play. Buildings are, in many ways, the hubs around which our transportation, waste, water and energy system revolve. Technology advances are making them more intelligent, connected, comfortable and efficient in the use of energy and water. But the separation between new high performance buildings and the vast bulk of our aging building stock is huge. Bridging that gap is vital to building robust economies and livable communities.

FutureStructure and Jobs
New types of job skills will be needed to develop, build, deploy and operate connected systems in our communities. Creating jobs, renovating infrastructure and improving communities will challenge government, academic, and business leaders to develop a workforce to match evolving requirements. This extends well beyond "greening jobs" - it's about anticipating and planning for how system thinking affects all jobs - the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. The economy will evolve and so will the jobs it creates and requires.

Connected and Integrated - The Political Challenges
Everything is connected to everything else. There isn't an element within a community that won't be touched by this renewal process. Developing an integrated system requires an understanding of its key leverage points. New government collaborations to manage these systems will need to put in place.



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Keynote Speakers

William J. Bertera is Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. He is the former Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation, the Rebuild America Coalition and the American Public Works Association. He has also held senior executive and management positions with the International City Management Association, the National Association of Counties and the National Solid Wastes Management Association. He has a BS degree in Business Management and a Masters degree in Public Administration.

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Sessions

Tuesday Nov. 12 1:00PM

Panel: FutureStructure and The Built Environment

On one hand, well thought out land use planning sets optimal patterns for community development and social interaction. On the other, buildings in these communities... more

Wade Crowfoot serves as Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Senior Advisor to Governor Brown. He joined the Brown administration in May 2011.

Wade's portfolio includes transportation, infrastructure, military and veterans issues. Recently, he has led an effort to expand zero-emission vehicles in California and build international partnerships with China and other countries to fight climate change. Also, as the Governor's Military Advisor, Wade works to strengthen California's support for federal military bases located in the state.

Prior to joining Governor Brown's Administration, Wade served as Regional Director for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). In that role, he helped to lead EDF's 40 western regional staff and worked with leaders throughout California to implement key climate, water and oceans policy.

Wade has also served as senior environmental advisor to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. In the Mayor's Office, Wade developed energy, transportation and waste policies and managed the Mayor's state and federal environmental agendas. Wade has held policy positions for other elected officials and worked in the fields of public opinion research and urban economic development.

Wade holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics, where he graduated with honors.

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Tuesday Nov. 12 11:10AM

Keynote - Smart, Connected and Integrated Infrastructure

America's 21st century infrastructure renewal will cost billions of dollars, involve government leaders at all jurisdictional levels and engage the best minds of our planning,... more

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Tuesday Nov. 12 1:00PM

Panel: FutureStructure and The Built Environment

On one hand, well thought out land use planning sets optimal patterns for community development and social interaction. On the other, buildings in these communities... more

Bob Graves. M.S., associate director of the GOVERNING Institute, is the designated content curator for the FutureStructure initiative and also a co-founder of e.Republic, the parent organization of GOVERNING. As Associate Director, Graves writes, presents, moderates and provides advice on FutureStructure subjects drawing from his more than 25 years of experience working with private sector companies, nonprofits and state and local governments.

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Mark L. Hinshaw, FAIA, FAICP, Director, Urban Design, LMN Architects
Mark Hinshaw is the Director of Urban Design for LMN Architects, a 110-person firm based in Seattle. For over twenty-five years, he has been responsible for a wide range of projects in large cities, suburban centers, and small towns including downtown development, public spaces and pedestrian facilities, design-oriented codes and guidelines, and master plans for public facilities. He has served as President of the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association and as President of the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In addition, he has served on the national Board of Directors for the American Institute of Certified Planners.
From 1982-1990, he was Principal Urban Designer for the City of Bellevue, WA, helping guide its transformation from a nondescript collection of strip centers to an intense, mixed use, transit-oriented urban center. A Seattle resident, he has served on the Seattle Design Commission, which reviews all public projects, and he has chaired the Downtown Design Review Board, which reviews private development in the core area of the city. He has also served on the Mayor's Housing Levy Oversight Committee, which monitors the use of funds from a voter-approved low income housing tax. And he served on the board of directors for the Seattle Housing Resources Group (now HRG Seattle) which has developed more than 2000 units of below-market rate housing within and near downtown Seattle.

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Tuesday Nov. 12 3:30PM

FutureStructure: Getting from Here to There

A moderated, interactive discussion drawing from the day's content and conversations - facilitated by audience polling results instantly tabulated onsite during the session.... more

Randell "Randy" Iwasaki has served as the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) since his appointment in April 2010.

CCTA administers a one-half percent sales tax program and serves as Contra Costa's Congestion Management Agency, making recommendations on how state and federal transportation funds will be used in the county.

Prior to joining CCTA, Iwasaki was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in August 2009 as Director of the California Department of Transportation. He was in charge of the operation of the California state transportation system, including more than 50,000 lane miles of state highway, intercity passenger rail, and more than 250 general aviation airports. He oversaw an annual budget of almost $14 billion and a staff of more than 22,000.

A licensed civil engineer, Iwasaki had been in the transportation industry for over 30 years serving in a number of high profile engineering and management positions for Caltrans and now CCTA.

Iwasaki serves on a number of national transportation panels and was recently appointed by Secretary LaHood to the National Freight Advisory Committee. The committee will provide input to US DOT staff to the help craft the first US Strategic Freight Plan.

In 2009, he was named to Government Technology's list of 25 "Doers, Dreamers and Drivers," and in 2008 was the recipient of the Thomas H. McDonald Memorial Award, which is considered the highest award presented by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for "rendering continuous outstanding service over an extended period of time or have made some exceptional contribution to the art and science of highway engineering."

Iwasaki earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master's in Engineering from California State University, Fresno.

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Tuesday Nov. 12 1:45PM

Panel: FutureStructure and Transportation

New ideas, policies and technologies are needed if we're to keep pace with 21st century mobility needs. Most of today's aging transportation system, largely designed... more

Gabe Klein has always viewed his work as a canvas to create a contribution, and is inspired by ventures that give something back to the community, vs. strictly producing profit. This is why he only works on projects that invoke his passion, and that offer a product or service that is providing something positive for the future. Gabe has worked in leadership roles in Transportation, Technology, Consumer Services and Consulting.

Most recently, Gabe joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration in Chicago on May 16, 2011 to run the Chicago Department of Transportation. He views his appointment as an opportunity to make Chicago an example nationally for innovation in transportation and public space, and most importantly, to positively impact quality of life for the 2.6 million residents of Chicago. While at CDOT, Gabe and his management team transformed the agency into a national model for innovation in transportation and tech. From publishing six groundbreaking plans for Chicago, to not just talking about Complete Streets, but putting it into practice, baking sustainability and livability into every project that CDOT undertakes. The soon to be largest bikeshare program in the United States, Divvy, has already revolutionized how Chicagoans navigate their neighborhoods

Gabe was Director of The District Department of Transportation, appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in December, 2008 and serving until the end of Fenty's term Dec 31st of 2010. Gabe was appointed as a next-generation game changer for DDOT. Mayor Fenty desired a forward-thinking executive with private sector experience to innovate, operate, and streamline the agency, while dramatically cutting the operating budget for a $1 billion agency. Gabe attacked on all fronts, and built a customer focused agency that is being hailed as a leader nationally in technology, customer interface, and multi-modal innovation, as well as innovative finance. DDOT is setting the standard for everything from parking technology, to the Nations 1st, and largest bikesharing program, Capital Bikeshare. The DDOT budget was balanced for FY-10 to +$67 with a $16 million overrun from the blizzards of 2010, and the independent structure of the agency allowed the flexibility to achieve this, and throw off $38m in profit to the general fund. Gabe and team left a road-map for the next team to come in and build upon their success.

Gabe was a Co-Founder of On The Fly, an innovative, boutique food-service company with 4 different businesses under one roof, personified by the next-generation electric "smartkarts" that he and his team designed over a 6 month period and launched in 2007. On The Fly's smartkarts complement smart growth, and literally bring high quality natural foods to residents, workers and visitors in densely trafficked areas, typically near transit.

At the end of 2002, Gabe was brought in by Robin Chase, the Founder of Zipcar in Boston, to take a new concept in the U.S, "carsharing," and build a viable business in Washington D.C. and help prove the carsharing model. As Regional Vice President, Gabe took the challenge seriously and took an unheard of concept and brand, and within 4 years had grown membership by over 1000%, had 500 vehicles in the D.C. region, and achieved profitable operating results along with the highest consumer quality scores in the company. Gabe was the first to develop strong public-private partnerships with local governments, regional transportation agencies, as well as all major universities in a market, very instrumental in Zipcar's growth. At the end of Gabe's tenure at Zipcar, Washington D.C. was the nation's largest carsharing city by membership and vehicles, had purchased Flexcar, and modeled for international expansion.

Prior to Zipcar, Gabe had Director-level roles at ProfessionaLink, a national technology-consulting start-up based in Washington D.C. where he led marketing and business development efforts into Fortune 1000 Companies, regularly meeting with C-level executives about their consulting needs, and at Bikes USA, at the time the nation's largest bicycle retailer with a mission to make cycling accessible to everyone. Gabe spearheaded Bikes USA's launch into South Florida, before taking over responsibility for daily operations in all locations, spanning 7 states including the Washington Metro area. Gabe also grew up in the cycling industry, and avidly rode and worked in cycling related ventures since childhood.

Gabe and his work have been featured in many major news outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Bloomberg and many more. Gabe holds a degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech, and was a 14 year resident of The District, now residing in Chicago's South Loop, and now... back in DC!

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Marina Leight serves as GOVERNING's Associate Publisher for Infrastructure. She directs GOVERNING's expansion in the infrastructure, water, energy, waste and transportation verticals by developing new business, strategic relationships and policy and management-oriented programs for state and local government officials. She'll also coordinate on new content and product strategies while directing sales, marketing, and research operations for GOVERNING in the infrastructure area.

Leight has a diverse background in business development having also served as e.Republic's V.P. for Strategic Initiatives for GOVERNING working closely with strategic partners and public sector advisory boards, overseeing the content and execution of GOVERNING events and the development of GOVERNING's expanded range of business opportunities. As well as having served as Vice President of Education, developing the Converge media platform and the Center for Digital Education where she was responsible for running its award-winning magazine, leading website, custom publishing, research projects and high-level events in national jurisdictions.

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Tuesday Nov. 12 3:30PM

FutureStructure: Getting from Here to There

A moderated, interactive discussion drawing from the day's content and conversations - facilitated by audience polling results instantly tabulated onsite during the session.... more

Dennis is CEO and co-founder of e.Republic. Established in 1984, it is the leading media company focused on state and local government and education. Dennis oversees strategy and business development for the firm and is responsible for its market-leading print and digital publishing, business intelligence and integrated media.

A pioneer in the field, Dennis is a trusted advisor to both public- and private-sector leaders in the United States and internationally. Under his leadership, e.Republic's award-winning publications, websites, over 200 events and highly respected research operations are acknowledged as setting the gold standard in their respective fields. The firm's work has been cited in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Forbes, Time Magazine, The Washington Post and USA Today.

In 1985 Dennis developed and published California County magazine in partnership with the California State Association of Counties. In 1987, as one of the first to recognize the impact new digital technologies were to have on the public sector, Dennis launched Government Technology, the first national magazine covering information technology in state and local government. Government Technology was followed with the development of other successful media platforms, including: Converge, Public CIO and Emergency Management. All are recipients of numerous editorial and design awards with Public CIO named "Magazine of the Year" in 2009 by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and Government Technology and Emergency Management named as best publications in their respective categories at the 2011 and 2012 Western Publishing Association's Maggie awards.

Dennis also created Government Technology TV (GTtv) -- an online video news and information channel hosted on govtech.com. A year after being introduced, GTtv won BtoB Media's Online Video Award for "Best Overall Use of Video, Small B-to-B".

Seeing the need for stronger analysis and research to support public sector innovation, Dennis developed and oversees management of the Center for Digital Government -- the first of its kind research and business intelligence advisory focused exclusively on state and local government. The Center is home to the widely cited Digital States Survey.

In 2009, e.Republic acquired GOVERNING from Congressional Quarterly. GOVERNING is the nation's leading media platform covering politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders. Since the acquisition, Dennis has broadened its offerings, building out its online presence, establishing the GOVERNING Institute headed by former Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and greatly expanding its national events portfolio. In 2011 GOVERNING received the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award from American Business Media for exceptional editorial content.

Dennis has served as an advisor to the Education Commission of the States to help develop effective strategies for use of information technology in education and was a board member of the Information Technology Association of America's subcommittee on state and local government.

Dennis served as chair of the Technology Task Force for Governor Pete Wilson's California Mentoring Initiative, serving on the governor's team representing the state of California at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future held in Philadelphia in 1997.

As a speaker, Dennis has addressed national and international organizations, including the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, Little Hoover Commission and Education Commission of the States.

He is recognized by FOLIO as one of the most influential people in magazine media and by BtoB Media Business's "Who's Who in Business Publishing."

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Tuesday Nov. 12 9:20AM

The Future of FutureStructure

Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director, San Francisco Planning & Urban Research (SPUR)
Gabriel Metcalf is the executive director of SPUR, a nonprofit membership organization that promotes good planning and good government through research, education and advocacy. Under his leadership, SPUR has grown dramatically in influence and membership.
Gabriel has authored or co-authored such notable articles as "The Northern California Megaregion," "Civic Planning in America," "Regional Planning without Regional Government," "Democracy and Planning" and "City of Safety." He serves on numerous boards and commissions including the America 2050 National Committee and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.
Before becoming executive director in 2005, Metcalf headed up SPUR's policy and advocacy work for five years. Prior to SPUR, he worked for the Bay Institute, an environmental organization focused on California water policy. He was also a co-founder of City CarShare and for many years served as its board chairman.
A frequent writer and speaker on planning and policy topics, Gabriel earned a Master's degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

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Tuesday Nov. 12 3:30PM

FutureStructure: Getting from Here to There

A moderated, interactive discussion drawing from the day's content and conversations - facilitated by audience polling results instantly tabulated onsite during the session.... more

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Tuesday Nov. 12 1:00PM

Panel: FutureStructure and The Built Environment

On one hand, well thought out land use planning sets optimal patterns for community development and social interaction. On the other, buildings in these communities... more

Brian T. Pallasch, CAE, is currently Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Washington, DC. He has been responsible for managing the ASCE's government relations department including federal and state legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, grassroots, and policy development, since joining the staff in 1999. Since 2008, Pallasch has been responsible for managing ASCE's strategic initiatives regarding infrastructure including development of the Report for America's Infrastructure. Additionally, Pallasch serves at the Co-Chair of the Water Resources Coalition.

Prior to joining the staff of ASCE, Pallasch served as the Director of Government Relations for the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Alexandria, VA for three years where he was responsible for all Federal and state relations.

Pallasch served as President of the American League of Lobbyists in 2007-2008, after serving on the Board of Directors from 2004-2006. In 2001-2002, Pallasch served as the Chair of the Government Relations Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives. He served as Chairman of the Procurement Committee of the Small Business Legislative Council from 1997-99.

Prior to joining ASA, Pallasch served as the Director of Government Relations for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for 5 years. Previously, Pallasch was the Project Coordinator of the Citizenship Education and Peace Project at the Council for the Advancement of Citizenship (CAC) in Washington, DC. Founded by Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV), CAC's goal is to promote the importance of civic education at all levels of the educational system.

Pallasch holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the American University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and International Affairs from the University of Southern California.

In 2009, Pallasch was named one of the top association lobbyists by CEO Update.

Pallasch resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife and two children.

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Tuesday Nov. 12 3:30PM

FutureStructure: Getting from Here to There

A moderated, interactive discussion drawing from the day's content and conversations - facilitated by audience polling results instantly tabulated onsite during the session.... more

Stephanie Pincetl is Adjunct professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Systems at the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Dr. Pincetl conducts research on environmental policies and governance and analyses how institutional rules construct how natural resources and energy are used to support human activities. She is expert in bringing together interdisciplinary teams of researchers across the biophysical and engineering sciences with the social sciences to address problems of complex urban systems and environmental management.

Dr Pincetl has written extensively about land use in California, environmental justice, habitat conservation efforts, water and energy policy. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation to conduct collaborative research with biophysical scientists on urban ecology and water management in Los Angeles, as well as from the California state Energy Commission PIER program to develop a methodology to understand energy use in communities in California using urban metabolism methods coupled with social policy considerations. Her book, Transforming California, the Political History of Land Use in the State, is the definitive work on land use politics and policies of California. She is the leading author of the urban section of the Southwest Technical Report to the National Climate Assessment and a contributing author of the urban section of the National Climate Assessment.

Dr. Pincetl has a PhD in Urban Planning and teaches at UCLA. She worked 10 years in the nonprofit environmental justice sector and has taught in the Masters of Public Affairs at the Institut de Sciences Politiques in Paris. Pincetl is the Faculty Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), a Los Angeles regional organization dedicated to working across jurisdictions to achieve a better future. She was instrumental in making the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA its institutional home.

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Tuesday Nov. 12 10:10AM

Moderated Panel & Discussion - Cities as Systems

Mr. Reagan has served in the Fleet industry for the last twenty-five (25) years. Prior to employment with the City of Columbus Kelly managed the fleet for the city of FT Wayne Indiana and was instrumental in taking the location to OSHA VPP Star, ISO 9001-2000, ASE Blue Seal and the #1 "100 Best" Fleets in North America for 2006. Since coming to the City of Columbus we have achieved ASE Blue Sean recognition for the 6th year in a row - known as the largest public ASE Blue Seal facility in the USA.
The City of Columbus Fleet Management Division was recognized as the #1 Greenest Fleet in North America for 2011, and Kelly has served as a judge for subsequent Green Fleet submissions/awards - Columbus is also recognized as the 2nd best "100 Best Fleets" in North America for 2013 & 2012. The city has been in the top 5 "100 Best" for the last 5 years.
The City of Columbus has been designated the "Ohio Champions Award" by the Department of Energy & Clean Fuels Ohio for 2008 & 2011. Columbus is a primary member of the CNG
Mid- Ohio Coalition to further research and foster alternative fuel use in the state of Ohio.
Kelly was the President's Award winner for 2007 First Group America - one of an elite eight (8) employees world wide out of 88,000 employees to win this prestigious designation.
Kelly remains an advocate and member of the Mayor's "Regional Coalition" promoting public entity "shared services" for all surrounding Columbus metropolitan communities.
Kelly is an accomplished speaker & writer as a published industry expert in the Fleet industry.
Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Finance/Economics from Hiram University
Fleet Size: 6,400 units
Budget: $34 million

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Tuesday Nov. 12 1:45PM

Panel: FutureStructure and Transportation

New ideas, policies and technologies are needed if we're to keep pace with 21st century mobility needs. Most of today's aging transportation system, largely designed... more

Cathilea Robinett is Executive Vice President of e.Republic, the Center for Digital Government and Education's parent company, where she regularly consults on editorial direction of its magazines (Government Technology, Public CIO, Emergency Management and GOVERNING) and the major themes of its annual conferences held across the country.

Robinett is a frequent speaker for worldwide government and education organizations, including Harvard University, the United Nations, the State Legislative Leaders' Foundation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, the World Congress on Information Technology and many more. She is quoted frequently in the press with articles appearing in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Forbes magazine and many more. She is also the 2007 recipient of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) National Technology Champion Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to advance public sector information technology initiatives.

For nearly twenty years she has served as a thought leader and adviser to public and private sector professionals, and has worked extensively with both sectors in helping them develop sound and successful strategies in the state and local and education markets.

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Tuesday Nov. 12 11:10AM

Keynote - Smart, Connected and Integrated Infrastructure

America's 21st century infrastructure renewal will cost billions of dollars, involve government leaders at all jurisdictional levels and engage the best minds of our planning,... more

Bruce Starr is a successful small businessman who cares about Oregon and its future as one of the best places to live and raise a family in America.
Bruce is a native of Hillsboro, Oregon and a graduate of Portland State University. After graduating from PSU, the young entrepreneur started his own construction company focused on residential and commercial roofing and repair. His experience as a small business owner gave him a first-hand look at the challenges of growing a business and creating jobs.
In 2002, Bruce joined the Portland Business Alliance, Portland's chamber of commerce. He focused on business development with an emphasis on international trade and from there started a new company, Cutting Edge NW, representing companies navigating the complex regulatory and tax codes at the state and federal level.
Since 1999, Bruce has served in the Oregon state legislature, in both the House and Senate. His priorities have reflected the needs of a rapidly growing region including education reform, transportation investments, and economic development incentives. He has been a leader on issues impacting the state's economy and has focused on ways to make it easier for small businesses to grow and thrive.

Currently Serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Business and Transportation Committee and on the Senate Rules Committee.

President-Elect, National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Tuesday Nov. 12 2:30PM

Panel: Financing FutureStructure

Managing and maintaining aging public assets is becoming increasingly expensive. To ensure that our civil infrastructure meets citizen and business needs, many state and... more

Emma Stewart, Ph.D., is Head of Sustainability Solutions at Autodesk, where she leads the design software company's efforts to make sustainable design easy, insightful, and cost-effective for its millions of engineering and design customers. Emma also teaches on "intrapreneurship for sustainability" at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

In 2009, Emma founded Autodesk's Sustainable Design Living Lab program, which uses Autodesk facilities as a testing ground for new software to rapidly green existing buildings. In 2008, she founded its Sustainable Operations program, which was named best-in-class by the Carbon Disclosure Project. She co-developed Autodesk's C-FACT methodology (a Corporate Finance Approach to Climate-stabilizing Targets), an open-source, science-driven, business-friendly approach to greenhouse gas target-setting.

Prior to Autodesk, she founded and directed the Environmental R&D Division at Business for Social Responsibility, where her team designed corporate initiatives to analyze and adapt to horizon issues such as payments for ecosystem services, water footprinting, carbon offsets and trading, voluntary supply chain standards, and sustainable product design.

Emma has been a regularly featured columnist for Harvard Business Online, Environmental Leader, and GreenBiz and her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, Inside Washington, Environmental Finance, Environmental Law Journal, and Sustainable Industries, among others. She is a contributing author to a number of recent books: Corporate Responses to Climate Change, The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Business, and Carbon Trading.

Emma has been named a Next Generation Fellow by Columbia University (2007), a Cabinet Member of the World Economic Forum's Low Carbon Taskforce (2008), a Judge for the Clean Tech Open (2009), and a First Mover Fellow by The Aspen Institute (2010). She has lectured at dozens of universities and Fortune1000 companies, and has been an invited speaker at the National Press Club in DC, the UN Conference of the Parties, the World Conservation Congress, Greenbuild, and Ecobuild.

She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from Stanford University and a B.A. Honours degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University.

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Tuesday Nov. 12 10:55AM

Sustainable Cities

Erin Waters is publisher of GOVERNING, a division of e.Republic, where she oversees GOVERNING's editorial content and production teams as well as the GOVERNING Institute, the magazine's in-house research team, business development and sales across key market segments in the state and local government space; including finance, management, technology, workforce, health and human services, infrastructure and transportation.

Prior to being named publisher, Waters served two years as associate publisher during which time she focused on business development and expansion across the GOVERNING platform. Prior to joining GOVERNING, Waters worked for National Journal and Congressional Quarterly, where she first managed the digital media platform and later handled advocacy advertising sales across print, online and event properties. A graduate of Rice University, Waters lives in Washington, D.C.

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