Using Public Private Partnerships to Implement Smart Growth at the Local Level

Washington, DC (February 7, 2008)- For many local governments smart growth sounds like it could be a solution to many pressing issues: the need for more public transit, affordable housing, boosting the tax base and improving quality of life. But how can local governments make smart growth a reality?

Many municipalities are now turning to private sector partners, from both the building industry and the non-profit sector, for assistance in taking their ideas from concept to reality. In this session, you will hear from Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC), who has launched the Cascade Agenda City Program in western Washington State. CLC partners with cities to help city leaders- and their citizens- understand their options and make smart choices for future growth. CLC provides best practices, technical assistance and public outreach to enable cities to improve the livability of their communities.
You will also hear the story of the Windsor Town Green, the mixed-use heart of Town of Windsor, in California’s Sonoma County. Windsor (pop 26,000) successfully partnered with the private sector to create a vibrant mixed-use downtown. This session gives you the answers to who, what, when, where, as well as lessons learned for how to use partnerships to implement smart growth in your city or town.
Alison Van Gorp, Manager, Cascade Agenda City Program, Cascade Land Conservancy
Peter Chamberlin, Planning Director, Town of Windsor, CA
Kevin Thompson, Senior Planner, Town of Windsor, CA
About New Partners for Smart Growth
The 2008 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Washington, DC, hosted attendance of more than 1300 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC), with support from a very impressive and multi-disciplinary group of partners and sponsoring organizations, agencies and companies.
Related Resources:
7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities