Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith and Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be speaking at the invitation-only Capital Solutions for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development conference on May 24 at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. The conference will examine the practical realities of financing equitable transit-oriented development projects and present best practices for equitable TOD financing to the CDFI community.
Welcome to the Fall Platform newsletter. As I write this, Congress has just returned after its recess with a mountain of issues awaiting action. Policy Director Sarah Kline takes a look at what’s at stake while Chief of Staff Allison Brooks and Deputy Policy Director Darnell Chadwick Grisby explore the America Fast Forward proposal.
Four California District Councils of the Urban Land Institute are hosting a summit on high-speed rail and transit-oriented development in partnership with the California High Speed Rail Authority, funded in part by a grant from the ULI foundation.
Reconnecting America President & CEO John Robert Smith and Chief of Staff Allison Brooks have co-authored “Transit-Oriented Development Is Good Community Development,” which explores how, in this new era, we have the opportunity to redefine and build communities that are well supported by quality transportation systems and that will serve the life needs of today’s grandparents and tomorrow’s grandchildren.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be speaking Nov. 2 at the California Transit Association’s 46th Annual Fall Conference & Expo in San Jose. This conference is the only forum that looks exclusively at the future of California transit. More information about the conference.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks and Deputy Policy Director Darnell Grisby will be in Anaheim, CA on Sept. 27 to attend the ULI High Speed Rail TOD Marketplace summit. Four California District Councils of the Urban Land Institute are hosting this summit on high-speed rail and transit-oriented development in partnership with the California High Speed Rail Authority, funded in part by a grant from the ULI foundation. The goal of the summit is to create a leading forum in which public and private land use and transit stakeholders can address TOD-related challenges while setting an example for HSR TOD across the country.
In the Fall 2011 issue, Reconnecting America's Sam Zimbabwe, the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, discusses our work with regional stakeholders to articulate the benefits and challenges of transit and transitoriented development (TOD) in regions around the country. Policy Director Sarah Kline summarizes Congress' big challenges and Chief of Staff Allison Brooks and Deputy Policy Director Darnell Chadwick Grisby explore the implications for the nation of the America Fast Forward proposal that Los Angeles is pushing. Finally, Project Director Abigail Thorne-Lyman presents the second part of her series on collaborative partnerships, detailing what's needed to make this collaborations work.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will attend the 2012 American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting in Seattle Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Brooks will be a panelist in the session on Planning Partnerships for Livable Communities. Session description: "As communities, regions, and states look to improve their “sustainability” and “livability” through coordinated transportation, land use, housing and environmental programs, productive organizational partnerships among service providers and stakeholder interests are essential. With the transportation element, transit agencies need to be engaged with regional organizations in order for transit plans and programs to be fairly considered in funding decisions. The partnerships between public transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and elected officials and stakeholders working together to develop sustainable transportation long-range plans and short-range programs will be the focus of the…