The Regional Plan Assembly
Cities and regions that thrive in the 21st century will be those that embrace their future by planning for the changing needs of their citizens. As globalization and technological change accelerate, communities must transition from isolated to connected; disposable to sustainable; sprawling to compact; segregated to diverse. These challenges require new ways of thinking about planning and infrastructure, governance, economic development and social equity. The New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region is witnessing exciting advances in these areas, as well as obstacles that threaten its competitiveness.
This year’s Regional Assembly, Big Plans – Bold Innovations – Bright Future, will bring together local and international civic leaders to explore strategies for the tri-state area and examine how world cities are confronting vital public-policy questions. Keynote speakers and panelists will address planning as it confronts funding constraints, climate disruptions and increased energy costs.
Sessions will include strategies for:
- Building excellence in design, planning and sustainability
- Redeveloping the Javits Center neighborhood
- Developing an infrastructure to supply clean and reliable energy
- Focusing economic growth around an improved transit system in the Northeast
- Financing capital projects through new revenue sources
- Learning best practices from the most innovative transit authorities in the world
- Resolving conflicts between vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists to increase mobility
- Partnering with higher education institutions to stimulate lasting economic development.
We will also honor James J. Florio, former governor of the state of New Jersey, with RPA’s 2012 Lifetime Leadership Award. Governor Florio’s extraordinary record of public service includes 15 years in the U.S. congress, a term as governor of the state of New Jersey, and four years chairing the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. Since 1998 he has also been Vice Chairman of RPA’s Board of Directors and Co-Chairman of RPA’s New Jersey Committee.
Join us at the Waldorf-Astoria on April 27 to explore these topics and chart the future of the region.