ULI Cleveland Building the 21st Century The Future is Now


2021-03-02 - 2021-03-03

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    Early Pricing Until February 19 Members Non-Members
    Private $80.00 $115.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $60.00 $90.00
    Retired $60.00 N/A
    Student $30.00 $50.00
    Under Age 35 $60.00 $90.00
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    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $80.00 $110.00
    Retired $80.00 N/A
    Student $50.00 $70.00
    Under Age 35 $80.00 $110.00
    The City of Cleveland and ULI Cleveland with support from the Cleveland Foundation will be hosting Building the 21st Century City: The Future is Now! on March 2-3. The symposium will focus on three critical components of the development of cities in the 21st Century: Economic Development: Equitable Innovation, Mobility: Innovations in Mobility, and Technology: Making Cleveland a Smarter City. 
    The Building the 21st Century City: The Future Is Now! symposium will facilitate development of realistic outcomes and results, which the City of Cleveland can utilize to develop a planning framework to firmly establish Cleveland as a more competitive and smarter City, ready for the changing technology of the 21st century. 
    7.75 AICP and AIA HSW credits approved. Real Estate continuing education credits are pending.  
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021
       3:00-3:20 pm Welcome and Event Overview
    • Rick Jackson, Senior Host/Producer at WVIZ/PBS, WCPN FM
    • Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson
    • Steve Ross, ULI Cleveland District Council Chair
    • Freddy Collier, Director of Cleveland Planning Commission
       3:20-4:35 pm Keynote Opening Speaker: Ben Hammersley, Futurist
       6:00-7:00 pm Special Invitation: Virtual VIP Speaker Meet & Greet
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021
       9:30-9:55 am Welcome, Explanation of Tracks, Summary of the Day
       10:00-10:40 am Concurrent Tracks
    • Technology Track Keynote Speaker: Debra Lam
    • Mobility Keynote Speaker: Gabe Klein
    • Inclusive Economic Development Keynote Speaker: Tawanna Black
       10:40-10:55 am Networking Break
       10:55-12:10 pm Morning Concurrent Breakout Track Panels
    Technology Track Panel: Broadband Access – Methods, Financing and Equity
    • Moderator: Debra Lam, Founding Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Innovation & Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
    • Panelist: Leon Wilson, Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer at The Cleveland Foundation
    • Panelist: Lev Gonick, CIO, Arizona State University
    • Panelist: Mark Patton, Vice President, Smart Cities at the Columbus Partnership
    • Panelist: Paul Vasington, Director of Public Policy, Verizon Communications
    Mobility Track Panel: Improving Transit For All Modes & Developing The 21st Century City Right of Way
    • Moderator: Homa Bash, News Channel 5
    • Panelist: William Burns, Head of Government Partnership US East, SPIN Electric Scooter Sharing
    • Panelist: Jerome Horne, Ridership Experience Specialist, IndyGo
    • Panelist: India Birdsong, General Manager and CEO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA)
    Inclusive Economic Development Track Panel: Business Location Decisions, Including Workforce Recruiting and Development
    • Moderator: Michelle Jarboe, Enterprise Reporter, Crain’s Cleveland Business
    • Panelist: Christine Nelson, Vice President, Project Management, Site Strategies and Talent, Team NEO
    • Panelist: Autumn Russell, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Early College Early Career at MAGNET: Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network
    • Panelist: Didi Caldwell,  President and Founding Principal, Global Location Strategies
    • Panelist: Tony Antonelli, Vice President of Finance, Tiger Pistol
       12:15-1:00 pm Post Panel Breakout Track Discussions
       1:00-1:30 pm Networking & Lunch Break   
       1:30-2:45 pm Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Track Panels
    Technology Track Panel: Preparing for New Technologies – Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, Digital Signage and Media – Methods, Financing and Infrastructure
    • Moderator: Adie Tomer, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative Lead
    • Panelist: Lauren Isaac, Director of Business Incentives, EasyMile
    • Panelist: Mark Zannoni, Transportation and Smart Cities Consultant and Principal, Zannoni & Co., Ltd.
    • Panelist: Nigamanth Sridhar, Program Director at National Science Foundation and Professor at Cleveland State University
    • Panelist: Jordan Davis, Director, Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership
    Mobility Track Panel: Logistics and Distribution and Funding Alternatives for 21st Century Mobility
    • Moderator: Mike McIntyre, ideastream
    • Panelist: Michael Peters, CEO & Founder, Sway Mobility Inc.
    • Panelist: Howard Wood, Executive Director, DriveOhio
    • Panelist: Grace Gallucci, Executive Director and CEO, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)Inclusive
    Economic Development Track Panel: Growing Sectors of the Economy: Areas of Focus and How to Make Growth Sectors More Inclusive
    • Moderator: Baiju Shah, Cleveland Innovation Project
    • Panelist: Gloria Ware, Director, Jumpstart – KeyBank Center for Technology, Innovation, and Inclusive Growth
    • Panelist: Lance Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Within3
    • Panelist: Travis Sheridan, Senior Vice President, Chief Community Officer, Wexford Science & Technology, LLC
    • Panelist: Phyllis Ellison, Director of Entrepreneur Services and Institutional/Corporate Partnerships, Cortex Innovation Community and Executive Director of InvestMidwest
    2:45-3:30 pm Post Panel Breakout Track Discussions
    3:30-3:45 pm Networking Break 
    3:45-4:15 pm Concurrent Track Feedback from Breakout Discussion
    4:15-5:00 pm Closing Discussion
    • Rick Jackson, Senior Host/Producer at WVIZ/PBS, WCPN FM and Freddy Collier, Director of Cleveland Planning Commission
    5:00-6:00 pm Closing Networking Happy Hour
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    Tawanna Black

    Center for Economic Inclusion

    Tawanna A. Black is a nationally recognized thought leader known for influencing, inspiring, and equipping cross-sector leaders to transform a personal conviction for equality into actions that produce equitable and thriving communities. For more than 20 years, Tawanna has led multi-sector collaboratives, triple bottom line diversity and inclusion strategy development, and economic revitalization organizations in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota. In 2017, Tawanna launched the nation’s first organization dedicated exclusively to creating inclusive regional economies by equipping public and private sector employers to dismantle institutional racism and build shared accountability for inclusive economic growth, the Center for Economic Inclusion As Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tawanna leads a team of people who offer ground-breaking consulting products and services to move businesses and local and regional governments from diversity and inclusion programs to triple bottom line results that are good for employees, employers, and communities; foster shared accountability for regional inclusive growth; change the narrative about the economic imperative and value of closing racial wealth gaps. Prior to founding the Center, Tawanna was Executive Director of the Northside Funders Group. The place-based funders collaborative comprised of 20 corporate, community, and private foundations and public-sector investors committed to aligning investments and strategies and changing philanthropic practices to catalyze racial and economic equity in North Minneapolis.   Before moving to Minnesota, Tawanna led diversity and inclusion for Cox Communications in Omaha, Nebraska, where she served as an advisor to the senior management team, establishing the first business inclusion strategy, responsible for setting the highest standards for business growth, innovation, and stakeholder return by ensuring that the company understood and acted upon the needs of diverse communities. Prior to Cox, Tawanna served as the first Executive Director for Destination Midtown, leading an unprecedented community economic development public-private partnership. Her visionary leadership led to more than $500 million of re-investment, attracting over 30 small businesses, and building the civic infrastructure for meaningful co-creation between residents, small and large businesses and policy makers in the historic heart of Omaha in just three years. Tawanna is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. She has a Bachelor of Public Administration Degree from Washburn University in Topeka, KS. Tawanna’s accomplishments and civic leadership have been recognized with many awards and commendations, including: Selected as one of the nations’ Top 25 Disruptive Leaders working to close racial gaps by Living Cities (2016); Washburn University Alumni Fellow (2018); Twin Cities Business Magazine’s 100 People to Know (2017); Minneapolis- St. Paul Business Journals Women in Business Award Winner (2017); Midlands Business Journal’s (Omaha) 40 Under 40 (2004); Minnesota Business Magazines’ Real Power 50 (2017); and a recipient of the prestigious Bush Fellowship by the Bush Foundation (2014). Tawanna has lent her leadership to over 35 nonprofit and philanthropic boards over the past decade. Today, she generously lends her time to: Minnesota Tech Association Board of Directors; Washburn University Alumni Foundation Board of Trustees; Community Advisory Board of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank’s Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute; and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Tawanna is married to Eric Black and has two children, Traviata (9) and Christian (7).


    Gabe Klein

    Founder, Urban Land Institute

    Gabe is a Founding Partner of Cityfi, advising governments and companies worldwide on innovation in cities. Gabe is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, DC Departments of Transportation, where he relentlessly revamped arcane government processes and communication internally and externally to eliminate speed to implementation with a focus on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets. This included building bus rapid transit, streetcar, two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S. and 100’s of miles of protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare that could help further each city’s mobility goals. As Commissioner in Chicago, he also revamped public spaces, working to bring a new Riverwalk to Chicago as well as the breathtaking Bloomingdale Trail and four new CTA transit stations. Gabe has twice been a visiting fellow for the Centre For Livable Cities in Singapore, working on creating a “car-lite” city-state. Gabe honed his creativity and leadership skills working in business, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President, Bikes USA as National Director of Stores and CEO of his own electric powered, organic food truck chain, On The Fly. Post-government, and after an enriching fellowship with the Urban Land Institute in 2014, Gabe joined Fontinalis Partners as Venture Partner on their $100 million 2nd fund and continues today with the launch of the $200 million FCP3 fund in 2019. In 2015, Gabe also published Start-Up City with David Vega-Barachowitz on Island Press, a manifesto on revamping how we innovate in cities and rethinking public-private partnerships with a triple-bottom line approach as technology shapes a dramatically different future. Gabe sits on the boards of Streetsblog, Carma, TransitScreen and advisory boards of NACTO, Spin, Stae, Numina, Bespoke and many others.


    Debra Lam

    Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Innovation

    Debra Lam is the Founding Executive Director for Partnership for Inclusive Innovation. This is a statewide public-private partnership committed to investing in innovative pilot projects. She also continues to lead smart communities and urban innovation work at Georgia Tech. She founded the Georgia Smart Community Challenge, the first state-wide effort in the nation that empowers communities of all sizes to become smarter. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh's first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance and innovation functions of city government. She crafted the city's first strategic plan for innovation, Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at a global engineering and design firm, Arup. She has been the recipient of various awards, including one of the top 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitcal, and 40under40 by Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend. She has worked and lived in the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California, Berkeley, and serves on the boards of the MetroLab Network and Neighborhood Nexus.


    Ben Hammersley

    One of the world's leading Futurists, Ben Hammersley is the founder and principal of Hammersley Futures, an international strategic forecasting consultancy. Their main work is in guiding corporations and governmental agencies to think clearly about the future. They, and he, specialize in how society reacts to technological innovation: including the future of crime and conflict, the changing nature of the workplace and the market, and the new cognitive tools needed to flourish in the coming decades. Previously Ben was executive editor of WIRED, the writer and presenter of the BBC’s “Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley” (now on Netflix or Amazon Prime internationally), a war correspondent in Afghanistan, an advisor to the European Commission, a pilot and wilderness medic in the USA, the author of 5 books, and the inventor of the word "Podcast". He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.