Policies to Promote Inclusive Urban Growth


January 31, 2019

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What can American cities do to better promote upward mobility among people who feel left behind by economic growth in their city and nationwide?

How can American cities successfully stabilize neighborhoods, revive the urban middle class, and address the growing attainable housing crisis?

How to Make Urban Growth More Inclusive: The Dallas Experience

Schedule of Events

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7:30 a.m.
Doors open

Breakfast to be served

8:30 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

8:40 a.m.
Panel: Urban Growth in America
Topic: New evidence from the field on the experiences of Southern California, Chicago, and Dallas, based on the new report “The Failed Promise: Gentrification and the American City”
Cullum Clark, Director of Economic Growth, George W. Bush Institute
Karla Lopez del Rio, Principal, Connexions Consulting
Pete Saunders, Urban Planning Consultant, PDS Consulting
Joel Kotkin, Executive Director, Center for Opportunity Urbanism (Moderator)

9:20 a.m.
Remarks: Jean-Claude Saada, Chairman and CEO, Cambridge Holdings, Inc.

9:35 a.m.
Panel: The Urban Context: History, Culture, and Demographic Change
Topic: The human dimension behind the discussion of housing and urban revitalization policy
Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Race, Wealth and Opportunity
Klaus Desmet, Altshuler Interdisciplinary Professor, Department of Economics, Southern Methodist University
Ali Modarres, Director of Urban Studies, University of Washington at Tacoma
Chequan Lewis, Senior Director, Pizza Hut Express; 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)

10:35 a.m.
Remarks: Steve C. Currall, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Southern Methodist University

10:45 a.m.
Panel: Housing Policy, Opportunity, and Growth: The Major Debates
Topic: The major debates in urban planning and housing policy, including fair housing, gentrification, zoning, density, transit, and more
Vicki Been, Boxer Family Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Rick Cole, City Manager, Santa Monica, California
Wendell Cox, Principal, Wendell Cox Consultancy (Demographia)
Marshall Toplansky, Clinical Assistant Professor, Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University
Phillip Kash, Partner, HR&A Advisors (Moderator)

11:25 a.m.
Remarks: Pete Chillian, Managing Director Market Manager, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

11:30 a.m.
Panel: Cities of the Future: A Call to Action
Topic: Conversation with leading national urban thinkers about what we have learned and how policy could help to achieve more inclusive cities in the decades ahead

Henry Cisneros, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Clinton Administration
Joel Kotkin, Executive Director, Center for Opportunity Urbanism
Peter L. Scher, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Region, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Cullum Clark, Director of Economic Growth, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)

12:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m.
Concurrent Working Sessions

Working Session One: Non-profits and Neighborhood Revitalization
Topic: Discuss challenges facing neighborhood-based revitalization efforts, strategies for success, and policies that would help
Ben Leal, Chief Executive Officer, Jubilee Park
Steve PonTell, President and CEO, National Community Renaissance
Jay Readey, President and Chief Executive Officer, The MetroAlliance; 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)

Working Session Two: Business and Attainable Housing
Topic: Opportunities for for-profit businesses engaged in developing attainable housing at scale and potential policies to attract private capital into disadvantaged neighborhoods

Jack Matthews, CEO, Matthews Southwest
Paris Rutherford, Principal, Catalyst Urban Development
Joseph Cahoon, Professor Director, Folsom Institute for Real Estate (Moderator)

Working Session Three: Building Dynamic, Upwardly-Mobile Communities
Topic: Factors helping communities to become engines of upward mobility: What’s missing in low-opportunity neighborhoods and how to revive opportunities at the neighborhood level

Christie Myers, Managing Director, Opportunity Dallas
Maggie Parker, Director of The Real Estate Council (TREC) Community Fund
Anne Snyder, Center for Opportunity Urbanism (Moderator)

2:15 p.m.

3:00 p.m.
Event concludes




Complimentary valet parking will be available on Bush Avenue in front of the Bush Institute.

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