Growing Sustainable Communities Conference
Event on 2013-09-24 10:00:00
Hosted by the City of Dubuque, Iowa and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference – Midwestern Region will be held at the Grand River Center located in the Port of Dubuque at 500 Bell Street (View Map). The 6th annual Conference is a two-day educational opportunity for municipal professionals, elected officials and business leaders who have a common interest in sustainability and resource management. The conference will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday Sept. 24-25, 2013.
Programming sessions subject to change without notice.Tuesday, Sept. 24, 20139:00 am – 10:00 amRegistration 10:00 – 11:30 amWorkshop Session 1
- Mobile Tour
Bus Tour of Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project
Guides: Deron Muehring and Teri Goodman of the City of Dubuque
Tour the Bee Branch Creek Restoration project. Few cities in the US have conceived of or attempted daylighting a creek for flood protection and water quality improvements. Dubuque's visionary project will invest over 0 million in flood protection and water quality improvements for local residents and businesses while placing priority on deconstruction and sustainable design best practices. The project will also serve as a gateway from Wisconsin to Iowa, connecting national and regional trail systems and reinvigorating one of our oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Learn about the City of Dubuque's successes and future opportunities to foster and form lasting partnerships with local, state and federal entities. Read About the Bee Branch Project
- Hear from Everyone – Creative Stakeholder Engagement Techniques
Sponsored by: HDR
Presenters: Stephen Sykes and Theresa McClure of HDR; and Cindy Steinhauser and Kelly Larson of the City of Dubuque Citizen and employee participation can be critical in projects large and small. Broad community engagement on the front end of a project results in right design and engaged stakeholders who value the client, the project, and broader community. Learn the latest techniques, from Collective Social Learning (CSL) to tech-saavy approaches like mobile workshops, online meetings, and iPads to collect participant feedback. Cindy Steinhauser and Kelly Larson of the City of Dubuque will describe their experiences implementing CSL – a technique introduced at last year's Growing Sustainable Communities Conference – that is a functional way of holding powerful and actionable small- or large-group conversations.
Stephen Sykes and Theresa McClure, public involvement managers at HDR, will focus on examples of how technology is integrating principles of sustainability into public engagement. Project participants conserved fuel, time, and resources by learning about the project at the time and place that worked for their schedules. Stephen and Theresa will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from this ground breaking change to public participation.The audience will take away references for sustainable outreach and involvement opportunities for a variety of projects.
- Converting Landfill and Wastewater Biogas into Fuel
Sponsored by: Unison Solutions
Presenter: Jan Scott of Unison Solutions, Inc. –(PDF)–> If your community or industry captures methane gas from waste, there's no reason to just burn it up. Find out how to save money and resources by converting that gas to fuel. This presentation will investigate the opportunity to convert biogas from landfills and wastewater treatment facilities into a usable fuel. The discussion will cover the technologies required to make the conversion and also review the potential end-uses for the energy. These include, but are not limited to electricity, heating or cooling, pipeline gas or vehicle fuel. Several area case studies will be reviewed.
- The Petal Project – Green Business Certification Program
Presenters: Kelsey McElroy-Anderson of ECIA and Petal Project participants–(PDF)–> Has your boss tasked you with bringing sustainability to your organization, but you don't know what steps to take next? This interactive workshop will share best practices from Petal Project participants, and will also ask attendees to share their experiences and work together to determine how to implement sustainability in their own work place. Learn how the Petal Project, a Dubuque green business certification program, creates a framework for businesses to follow. Hear the Top 5 steps everyone should follow to start their own sustainability journey, and participate in roundtable discussions with others who are on this journey with you. We encouraged groups to send multiple individuals from their organization together in order to begin to build their own sustainability work plan.
- The City as a Classroom: Local Government and University Partnerships
Sponsored by: USAgain
Presenters: Jonathan Rosenbloom of Drake University Law School; Meg Fitz of the Greater Des Moines Partnership; Cori Burbach of the City of Dubuque; Nick Benson of the University of Iowa–(PDF)–> This workshop will present some of the benefits and challenges cities and academic institutions face in collaborating on critical issues facing their communities. Learn how two Iowa communities partnered with universities to develop and implement sustainability projects.
As a means of leveraging municipal resources, involving higher educational institutions, and engaging the next generation of local leaders in real world scenarios, the City of Des Moines, Drake University Law School, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership have developed a robust collaboration on issues relevant to sustainability. Hear some of the obstacles and outcomes they experienced in jointly creating the course Sustainability & the Law and the Sustainability Fellowship. In the course, Drake law students work with local government officials to identify pressing local environmental, economic, and social issues. The students then draft concrete proposals, including ordinances, to address the issues. Those proposals are presented to the Des Moines City Council. Where the course ends, the Sustainability Fellowship begins. The fellowship – also a joint venture – employs Drake Law students to draft model local government ordinances based on the work developed in the course. The students in the fellowship then work hand-in-hand with local governments to adopt the ordinances.
11:30 am – 12:45 pmLuncheon Keynote Address
Sponsored by: City of Dubuque
Presenter: Michele Hunt, Visions & Values–(PDF) Video)–>
Michele Hunt, founder of Vision & Values, a leadership consulting firm based in Washington D.C., will share her thoughts on The Power of Visionary Leadership, which she defines as leaders who put vision and values to work to achieve extraordinary success. Hunt is a strategic advisor on leadership, team and organizational development, cultural transformation and communications. She is known internationally for her work helping leaders develop strong, cohesive leadership teams to enable them to create high-performance, high?energy organizations. Read more about Michele Hunt. 1:00 – 2:00 pmWorkshop Session 2 —
- The Dubuque County Smart Plan: A Case Study in Regional Cooperation
The East Central Intergovernmental Association in cooperation with the communities of Dubuque County is in the process of developing a plan that will guide future development in the region. The plan, entitled the Dubuque County Smart Plan, will foster cooperation among communities, help the region attract economic development, protect and preserve community resources, improve resiliency to disasters, and encourage a strong community identity.
In January 2011, the community leaders formed a consortium that would guide the two-year Smart Planning Process. The Smart Planning Consortium consists of Dubuque County and the seven largest cities within the county.
The completed plan will address the Smart Planning elements and principles adopted by the State of Iowa, the City of Dubuque's 11 sustainability principles, and watershed planning principles established by the Dubuque Soil and Water Conservation District. Consortium members will implement the goals and objectives of the regional plan by incorporating the regional planning elements into their local planning documents, ordinances, and policies.
- Using Renewable Energy and Green Building Practices to Make Good Buildings Even Better
Sponsored by: SCS Engineers and Eagle Point Solar
Presenters: Sam Cooke of SCS Engineers, John Crook of the City of Fitchburg, Wis., and Barry Shear of Eagle Point Solar –(PDF)–> Learn how three municipal buildings in Fitchburg went through the retro-commissioning (RCx) process that improves comfort, energy efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ). The three buildings included City Hall, built in the 1990s with solar photovoltaics and solar hot water added in the 2000s; the Community Center, built in the 1990s with a major addition in 2012; and a LEED Gold library built in 2011. The RCx process involves many steps to thoroughly check out how a building's various energy-related systems are operating (e.g., HVAC, lighting, building envelope, etc.) and then making improvements to enhance occupant comfort, energy efficiency and IAQ. Some of the many RCx steps include the following:
* Energy Data – Obtain energy usage data for pre-RCx energy benchmarking.
* Interviews – Interview people who work in the building to see what comfort issues have come up since occupancy.
* Trending – Collect and evaluate temperature, humidity and CO2 trend data
* Testing – Mechanical systems, sensors, controls, dampers, valves, terminal units, etc. are tested.
* Recommendations – Create a list of facility improvement measures.
* Implementation – Act on the recommendations to improve comfort, energy efficiency and IAQ.
You'll also hear how municipalities like Dubuque, Iowa, and Galena, Ill., have financed solar energy projects at municipal facilities.
- Making a Case for Deconstruction
Sponsored by: United Water
Presenters: Justin Dall'Osto of WasteCap Resource Solutions –(PDF)–> When the Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee was voted one of the top ten worst rivers in North America in 2007, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District was charged with the challenge of cleaning it up. Its goals included reducing the risk of floods, improving public safety and rehabilitating the stream channel. Part of the project included acquiring and deconstructing 84 buildings along the urban waterway, diverting 85 percent of the material from the local landfill. This presentation will explore how municipalities like Milwaukee are making deconstruction a viable alternative to demolition and how deconstruction can save money and resources on projects from large commercial properties to smaller residential structures. Learn how deconstruction managers are developing best practices for planning, permitting, implementing and monitoring deconstruction projects.
- Urban Forestry and the Managing of Organic Waste
Sponsored by: Full Circle Organics
Presenters: Ian Brown of the City of Milwaukee's Urban Forestry Technical Services Dept. and Max Milinkovich of Full Circle Organics –(PDF)–> This session will focus on sustainable urban forestry initiatives and the managing of organic waste. With 40 percent of compostable organic material still being discarded in landfills, half of which is wood and yard waste, communities and private-sector businesses are working together to create cost-effective composting/mulching systems. Learn how maintaining a comprehensive street tree inventory and a variety of new technologies can support the many benefits of a healthy urban forest canopy. Hear what cities are doing to encourage and manage food-scrap and yard-waste composting in their communities.
- Planning and Funding a Bike Sharing Program
Presenters: Erica Briggs of the Clean Energy Coalition –(PDF)–> This presentation will focus on how Ann Arbor, Mich. has become one of the first small cities in the Midwest to develop a bike share system, which it plans to launch with 100+ bikes by the spring of 2014. This presentation will focus on the city's collaborative approach to system development. The city of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Development Authority, Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, University of Michigan, and the Clean Energy Coalition are all central partners to system development. Key audience take-aways will include:
1. Bike sharing as a tool to help meet sustainability goals;
2. Finding funds for bike sharing;
3. Planning challenges and successes.
Many cities are considering bike sharing right now and Ann Arbor can offer a number of lessons learned to help guide them through the process.
2:00 – 2:45 pmBrowse Exhibitor Booths
Join us in the Riverfront Concourse for refeshments, networking and exhibitor demos. 2:45 – 3:45 pmWorkshop Session 3
- The Power of Visionary Leadership
Sponsored by: City of Dubuque
Presenters: Michele Hunt of Vision & Values –(PDF)–> Picking up where her keynote address left off, Michele Hunt will take a deeper dive into her research and experience helping groups effectively manage cultural transformations, developing cohesive leadership teams that create high-performance, high-energy organizations.
- Monitoring and Managing Energy Costs in Government and Commercial Buildings
Sponsored by: Hoffman Planning and The Renschler Company
Presenters: Eric Truelove of he Renschler Company –(PDF)–> On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, which mandates all new federal buildings be "net zero" by 2030, essentially using no energy from the electric grid. As a stepping stone to this broad initiative, the federal government implemented the Guiding Principals program which is being used to drastically reduce the evironmental footprint of federal buildings. This approach will likely become the blueprint for building design in both the government and private sectors over the next 20 years.
This session will also examine the case of the Congregation of St. Joseph (CSJ), a nationwide organization with numerous facilities in the Midwest, whose perception of the energy use in their various facilities was clouded until a monitoring effort provided a clearer picture. Audience take-aways will include:
1. Understand what net zero buildings are and why they are important; 2. Learn how the building market is likely to look very different over the next 20 years; 3. Learn about the basic options for monitoring carbon footprint and energy usage and costs;
4. Discover how to apply these options to buildings of vastly different ages;
5. Understand the cost and effort required to plan for and measure progress in your monitoring efforts.
- Water Resource Restoration and Green Infrastructure
Sponsored by: United Water
Presenters: David Smith of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and Patti Cale-Finnegan of the Iowa DNR This presentation will focus on a new funding source for water quality projects; and a few examples of projects that might qualify for this funding.
Patti Cal-Finnegan will introduce us to the Iowa Clean Water State Revolving Fund established by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The city of Dubuque is currently doing a pilot project funded by this program. The program offers an opportunity for partnerships between cities and watershed organizations. It has provided more than 5 million for nonpoint source water quality protection.
Green infrastructure is one of the categories that qualify for this funding. It includes costs to address the storm water management program activities associated with the planning, design, and construction of low impact development and green infrastructure, such as bioretention, constructed wetlands, permeable pavement, rain gardens, green roofs, cisterns, rain barrels, vegetated swales, and restoration of riparian buffers and flood plains. Projects in this category can be publicly or privately owned.
In the second half of this session, David Smith of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute will provide information on how permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) combines infiltration and road/parking surfaces in one place, thereby eliminating the expense of building separate detention facilities. PICP is seeing increased use on green alleys, parking lots and low-speed streets. The pavement is effective in meeting federal, state and local runoff volume and water quality capture requirements. Cities are taking an increased interest in PICP’s ability to calm traffic, reduce local flooding, provide cooler surfaces, and increase neighborhood identity and property values. Mr. Smith will provide an overview of hydrologic design specifications, construction and maintenance. Case studies will include PICP applications in Warrenville, Ill., Dubuque and Chicago.
- Creating a Culture of Sustainability in Your Community
Sponsored by: Cartegraph
Presenters: Jessica Lerner and Annemarie Kalson of Sustain Dane and Brian Schultes of Clarke College Your mobility as a sustainability champion hinges on your ability to secure buy-in from key influencers and leaders in your organization. Learn how to identify and approach the formal and informal leaders in your organization who can give a big boost to your efforts with a simple nod of approval. Also, learn how to make a business case for sustainability that captures their attention and resonates strongly with their values and priorities. We'll discuss how sustainability champions at public- and private-sector organizations successfully secured buy-in to drive forward their sustainability goals.
- Green Fleet, Clean Streets – A Tale of Efficiency
Presenters: Steve Sanderson and Larry Humphries of the village of Downers Grove, Ill. –(PDF)–> The village of Downer's Grove has experimented with a variety of alternative fuels, from recycled cooking oil and other biodiesels to compressed natural gas, electric hybrids and propane-powered equipment. Since 2007 the village has reduced its fuel consumption by 18.6 percent through the use of alternative fuels, renewable energy and finding other ways to increase fuel efficiency. They've seen the life span of their fleet increase too. You'll hear from the community's fleet and budget manager.
4:00 – 5:00 pmNetworking Activity & Closing Remarks
Sponsored by: Cartegraph
Join us in Ballroom C/D for a fun and engaging activity designed to acquaint you with your peers and rejuvenate you after a long day of learning. 5:00 – 7:00 pmNetworking Reception
Sponsored by: Cartegraph
Join us in the Riverfront Concourse for libations and heavy hors d'oeuvres. This is a chance for attendees of the Tuesday and Wednesday conference sessions to meet and greet their peers and conference speakers, sponsors and organizers in a casual atmosphere. 7:00 – 10:00 pmDinner & a Movie
Attendees may join an informal dinner group (sign-up sheets will be circulated) or catch a viewing of Michele Hunt's documentary, DreamMakers, a film that features compelling stories of people who made their hopes and dreams come true, against tremendous obstacles. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 20137:00 am – 8:00 amRegistration & Refreshments 8:00 am – 9:00 amOpening Keynote Presentation
Sponsored by: Crescent Electric Supply & GE Lighting
Presenter: Deb Frodl, GE ecomagination–(PDF) Video)–>
Deb Frodl is global executive director of ecomagination, General Electric's commitment to imagine and build innovative solutions to today's environmental challenges while driving economic growth. Learn how GE is investing billion in clean-tech research and development and reducing water use and greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. GE, the third largest company in the world, is currently one of the biggest players in the wind power industry and is developing hybrid locomotives, desalination and water reuse solutions. The company plans to build the largest solar-panel-making factory in the U.S., and is the second largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world. Read more about Deb Frodl. 9:15 – 10:15 amWorkshop Session 4
- An Intercultural Approach to Social Cultural Vibrancy
Sponsored by: Cartegraph
Presenters: Andre Lessears and Ermina Soler of the City of Dubuque –(PDF)–> The city of Dubuque's approach to creating social cultural vibrancy is based on creating opportunities to empower, inform, and engage the people in the community AND provide opportunities to bring individuals to the table who are traditionally under/not represented due to socio-economic limitation and other barriers. The city does this by leveraging programs and resources through its Human Rights Department as well as its Housing and Community Development Department.
- Lighting the Way: The Benefits of Lighting Retrofits and How to Finance Them
Sponsored by: Crescent Electric Supply Company
Presenters: Dan Splinter of Crescent Electric Supply, and Michael Cox of BluePath Finance Numerous studies have concluded that replacing outdated and inefficient lighting has one of the highest ROIs in energy conservation. Learn how energy efficient lighting can save money through lower energy consumption and reduced maintenance expense while providing better lighting, improved safety and lower environmental impact. Find out how lighting retrofits and other energy-efficiency projects can be financed.
- When It Rains, It Pours (Or Not)
Sponsored by: United Water; FOX Engineering
Presenters: Keith Hobson of FOX Engineering and Sarah Coulter of the village of Park Forest, Ill. In the past two years, the Midwest has seen both severe drought and devastating floods. This session will provide guidance on handling them both.
The drought of 2012 sparked awareness and concern for water scarcity across Iowa. Iowans had not experienced such a drought since 1936 (76 years ago)! Concerns about a water shortage brought water conservation issues to the forefront. Conservation practices such as grey water recycling and reclaimed water provide alternate water sources aimed at sustainability and “green” design. The Clear Lake Sanitary District in Clear Lake, Iowa, has been providing tertiary- treated wastewater effluent or "reclaimed" water since 2003 to the Alliant Energy Power Plant as a source of cooling water. Effluent reuse in industrial cooling applications can provide a sustainable water supply that benefits everyone.
The second half of our presentation will address the creation of natural stormwater management systems – using open space and retention areas to create natural green infrastructure retention and infiltration basins. The village of Park Forest, Ill., has had tremendous success with its 45-acre Central Park Wetlands in the following ways: the creation of increased wildlife habitat, especially for migrating birds and insects; the reduction of flooding for homes downstream; taking stress off of aging infrastructure; filtering stormwater before it enters neighboring water systems such as Thorn Creek; recharging the aquifer from which the village draws drinking water; and reducing the amount of fuel and staff time it took to mow the previously open green space. The village has additional projects planned that will place it the largest integrated and municipally driven urban wetland restoration project in the Chicagoland area!
- Sustainability 101: How to Get a Sustainability Program Off the Ground
Sponsored by: Cartegraph; True Market Solutions
Presenters: Gary Cuneen of Seven Generations Ahead and Cori Burbach of the city of Dubuque This presentation will focus on how two comprehensive sustainability planning and implementation projects were launched and brought to scale, engaging all of the major taxing bodies and key institutions; residents; businesses; and other community stakeholders. The presentation will highlight the projects' community engagement processes that led to plan development; core goals and strategies; project funding and organizational structure; the success indicators, monitoring tools and evaluation methodologies. This session is a perfect introduction to sustainability for those just getting started, or a rich source of ideas for projects that are under way.
- No Gasoline Required: The Latest on Electric and Natural Gas Vehicles
Sponsored by: International Motorwerks
Presenters: Chris Koos and Mercy Davison of the city of Normal, Ill.; and Chris Schneider of International Motorwerks –(PDF)–> Normal, Ill., population 52,500, is located in the heart of America and has embraced electric vehicle technology like no other community in the United States. Mayor Chris Koos, along with a committed group of local leaders, created a program called "EVTown USA." In partnering with Mitsubishi Motors, Normal has made great strides in achieving its goal of being the model community for electric vehicle deployment and currently has more EV charging stations installed per capita than any city in America with a population over 100,000, and the only Level 3, "Quick Charge," charging station in Illinois outside of Chicago.
The Town has added 12 EVs to its municipal fleet (all are Mitsubishi i-MiEVs) and is using them in such diverse operating departments as Police, Fire, Building Inspections, Parking Services, Parks and Recreation, Facility Management and Information Technology. Even Mayor Koos has opted to drive a Mitsubishi i-MiEV.
The second half of our presentation will focus on Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs). Chris Schneider of International Motorwerks will describe some projects in the region to explore the sustainable nature of this important alternative fuel. NGVs have been in production for decades and the movement has re-awoken.
10:15 – 10:45 amBrowse Exhibitor Booths
Join us in the Riverfront Concourse for refeshments, networking and exhibitor demos. 10:45 – 11:45 amWorkshop Session 5
- Measuring and Rating Community Sustainability through the STAR Community Rating System
Presenters: Laura Graham of the city of Des Moines and Tanisha Briley of the city of Davenport, Iowa–(PDF)–> In 2012, the cities of Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa, were selected among the first 32 communities in North America to be certified through the STAR Community Rating System. STAR provides a common framework to measure local sustainability, an active roadmap for improvement, and a platform to streamline and track data.Through this presentation, the cities will describe their experiences with STAR and how they have benefited from the process. Each community will highlight key sustainability accomplishments and initiatives, and share how these efforts are recognized in STAR. Presenters will impart ideas and lessons learned to help other communities get started and benefit from the STAR Community Rating System.
- Sustainable Stormwater Management – From Rain to Recreation; and 'Is that an Octopus in the Storm Drain?'
Sponsored by: United Water
Presenters: Laura Turnbull of the city of Lenexa, Kan.; and Barbara Buffaloe and Mike Heimos of the city of Columbia, Mo.–(PDF)–> The nationally recognized Rain to Recreation program created by the city of Lenexa, Kan., will be introduced and explained in the first half of this session. The city of Lenexa is addressing water pollution through the three-point Rain to Recreation mission. The presentation will include project examples and lessons learned from the 13-year program. The audience will leave with an understanding of the environmental & economic benefits of proactively turning a stormwater liability into an amenity.
In the second half of our presentation, we'll hear how the city of Columbia, Mo., partnered with Thumper Entertainment and nine local volunteer artists to paint lively, creative educational messages around storm water inlets in the downtown area as part of the annual Roots N Blues N BBQ event. The goal is to educate people that storm water drains are not sewer drains. Downtown drains funnel storm water directly into the largest watershed in Columbia – Hinkson Creek – and eventually all the way to the Gulf via the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. An octopus and many other creative characters and murals painted around the storm drains will not only help beautify and bring color to the district streets, but will also educate and remind the Columbia community to act as responsible, environmentally friendly citizens.
- Matters of Health and Aging in Your Community
Presenters: Bridgit Van Belleghem of Capital Area Regional Planning in Madison and Kent Sovern of AARP Iowa –(PDF)–> This session will explore the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a framework to engage your community to consider potential positive and negative health impacts of decisions on citizens; and how your community can effectively plan for an aging population.
Practitioners of HIA define health broadly accounting for physical, mental, and social well-being and the use of HIA relies heavily on collaborations between health and non-health related partners. HIA is a tool that makes links explicit between broad drivers of health such as community design, social and economic factors, housing, etc. and health outcomes. The Capital Area Regional Planning Commission worked with the WisconsinPublic Health Association HIA Section to complete Health Impact Assessment demonstration projects for two Future Urban Development Area projects in Dane County, Wis. The projects focused on physical activity/obesity and livability for persons 65 years and older.This presentation will provide the context and background on the determinants of health, especially within the built environment, and how HIA was applied to shed light on these outcomes to advance and promote health.
In the second half of our presentation, we'll introduce attendees to the AARP Great Places for All Ages effort, which embraces the World Health Organization's criteria and template for the design of "age-friendly" cities. Participants will learn about the collaborative efforts that brought this project to life and the current status of the program in Des Moines and Central Iowa. Participants will engage in an interactive exchange that will demonstrate communities that adopt progressive and forward-thinking public policies and urban planning models will attract and retain more residents; and provide varied business opportunities to serve the older populations, their families and caregivers. Age-friendly cities build infrastructure and set public policies that are friendly to all ages, and build an inclusive and accessible urban or suburban environment that encourages active and healthy aging. AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities will focus on improving the elements of communities that enhance independent living with a goal of having older citizens take a more active role in the civic life of their communities. The program is affiliated with the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, an international effort to get cities and towns prepared for two significant ongoing trends in the world: rapid population aging, and increasing urbanization.
- Project Produce: Analyzing Economic Opportunities for Local Food
Presenters: Victoria Solomon and Troy Maggied of the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission –(PDF)–> This workshop will help attendees understand the opportunities of the local food system in the tri-state area, and will highlight strategies for scaling up local foods in the region to strategically take advantage of the area's unique strengths. This presentation will be based on the findings of the Local Food Prospectus for the Tri-State Region, a study exploring the feasibility of scaled-up fruit and vegetable production in the tri-states. With raising gas prices and challenged subsidization, our food market is changing. Project Produce is exploring how theses changes may create new economic opportunities for our region.
11:45 am – 1:00 pmLuncheon Keynote Address
Sponsored by: Premier Bank
Presenter: Rebecca Ryan, Next Generation Consulting–(PDF) Video)–>
Rebecca Ryan, futurist, author and founder of Next Generation Consulting, will present Cities 3.0: Reflecting, Responding and Redesigning for an Uncertain Future. As we enter a new era in which cities have fewer resources, citizens are uncertain about their future, and people become more "home-oriented," civic leaders must remember what cities are for, and make smart, contemporary choices to endear them to generations to come. In this dynamic presentation, audiences will learn about NGC's extensive research on "Next Cities" – places that have the attributes to become talent magnets – and will help cities gather momentum for "The New Normal." Read more about Rebecca Ryan. 1:30 – 3:00 pmMobile Tour
- Historic Millwork District/Roshek Building Walking Tour
Preserving History & Creating Opportunity in Downtown Dubuque
Guides: Laura Carstens, Jon Dienst, Dan LoBianco, John Gronen, Mary Gronen
Join us for an outdoor walking tour of the Historic Millwork District Complete Streets project and an inside tour of the Roshek Building.
At the turn of the 20th Century, Dubuque's Historic Millwork District was one of the largest millworking concentrations in the U.S., with dozens of companies providing 2,500 jobs. Most industries closed in the 1960s and 1970s, however, and the area has sat mostly vacant since that time. The Historic Millwork District consisted of: 17 blocks of historic brick warehouses with over 1 million square feet of vacant space; streets with historic pavers, gravel and railroad tracks; and limited off-street parking or pervious area. The District was one of the stops on the EPA-HUD-DOT National Sustainable Cities Tour in 2009. A .6 million dollar US DOT TIGER grant helped the City to provide complete streets and multi-modal transportation while incorporating sustainable practices and catalyzing private development. During the tour, City of Dubuque staff will discuss the Historic Millwork District masterplan, design consultant selection, the desire to keep historical elements in design, history of the district, property owner coordination and public information campaign, and upcoming projects in the area.
The Roshek Brothers Department Store, a nine-story, 250,000 square foot structure constructed between 1929 and 1932, was once the premier shopping destination in Dubuque. Elevators with white-gloved attendants moved customers amongst six floors of retail. Special “Roshek trains” brought shoppers from surrounding communities at holiday time, while moving figures of Santa and his reindeer grabbed children’s attention. Today, the iconic Roshek Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a LEED Gold certified building that houses IBM's first global service center opened in the U.S. in the last 10 years. With IBM’s new Smarter Planet initiative, it was important to locate to a building adapted to their needs. The million restoration involved many facets and partners and prioritized restoration or replication of historic structures, deconstruction, reuse, and sustainable building concepts.
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