CityAge Speakers Include


CityAge: Florida
The Riverside Hotel
Fort Lauderdale, FL
February 22 & 23, 2017


The United States must build - and rebuild - its cities for a more prosperous future. 

CityAge has been part of that business conversation for the past five years: bringing together the leaders in business, design, government, research and society who are building - and rebuilding - the communities that will shape the future for all.  

CityAge is now proud to be bringing its national series on the business of city-building to Fort Lauderdale on February 22 & 23.

CityAge: Florida, hosted by the City of Fort Lauderdale, will bring together leaders in business, government, design and research from around Florida, the United States and abroad to look at the ideas, investments and partnerships essential to building the future.

We invite you to be a part of this vital business and public policy imperative, and to join us at the conference.  

Register today to meet a national set of business and city leaders, a sample of who are listed below. For information on speaking and sponsorships, please contact Marc Andrew or Miro Cernetig at or, respectively.

We hope you can join us for this vital discussion on building a better region in South Florida. 

Day 1 ~ February 22, 2017


7:45 am           Breakfast Served

8:45 am           Conference Opening by Event MC:   Heiko Dobrikow, EVP, The Los Olas Company and GM, Riverside Hotel

9:00 am           Conference Welcome:           Jack Seiler, Mayor, City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

9:15 am           Session 1:       The Global Metropolis
How can the Fort Lauderdale-Miami region – and other national regions like it – best position themselves for economic growth and increased prosperity? What kind of regional partnerships and investments are necessary? How can metro regions help position their brands nationally, and globally? How can governments of all levels support growth and job creation?

  • Francisco Garcia, Chief Planner, City of Miami, FL
  • Nitin Motwani, Managing Director, Miami Worldcenter Group
  • Bertha Henry, County Administrator, Broward County Government
  • Lee Feldman, City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Panel Chair: Heiko Dobrikow, EVP, The Los Olas Company and GM, Riverside Hotel

10:10 am         Terry Bennett, Lead Strategist, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk
Technology & Infrastructure: One of the industry’s most critical partnerships for cities

10:30 am         Morning Break

11:00 am       Mark Taylor, Chief of Staff, City of Long Beach, CA
On how Long Beach used a Public-Private Partnership to rebuild its downtown

11:20 am         Session 2:       The Infrastructure Opportunity
America’s cities are about to see major investment in urban infrastructure. How can models of P3 development move beyond the transportation sector into broader application in civic infrastructure? What’s the key to ensuring these investments are made in well-designed projects that can be rolled out quickly? How can we ensure each project incorporates the latest technology and design trends, and is built for the long term?

  • Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager, City of San Antonio, TX
  • Mark Taylor, Chief of Staff, City of Long Beach, CA
  • Mary Scott Nabers, President & CEO, Strategic Partnerships (Austin, TX)
  • Fernando Castro, Vice President, PPP Business Development, Sacyr Infrastructure

Panel Chair: Lowell Clary, President, Clary Consulting

12:10 pm        Albert Slap, President, Coastal Risk Consulting, LLC
Preparing for your property’s future in a time of rising sea levels

12:30 pm        Lunch

1:30 pm         Session 3:        The Resilient American City
Super storms, rising sea levels, drought and the potential for other disruptive events make planning for resiliency essential to the future. What is the role of data and information in building more resilient utilities and infrastructure? What investment models can ensure the resiliency of our coastal cities and the viability of ports and waterways? How do we protect the shoreline, our residents and our visitors – what are the tradeoffs? And how do we marry solid civil engineering work with beautiful and impactful design?

  • Hardeep Anand, Deputy Director, Capital Improvement, Miami Dade Water and Sewer
  • Jean-Pierre Bardet, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Miami
  • Jimmy Morales, City Manager, Miami Beach
  • Anthony Abbate, Associate Provost and Architect, Florida Atlantic University

Panel Chair:  Darcy Immerman, Senior Vice President, Resiliency, AECOM (Boston, MA)

2:20 pm         Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando, FL
The next generation of urban sustainability

2:40 pm         Conor Sen, Columnist, Bloomberg View, Portfolio Manager, New River Investments (Atlanta, GA)
How the Trump administration’s proposed infrastructure spending would impact labor markets and the economy

3:00 pm         Session 4: The Innovation City
The success of a city depends on embracing innovation and building strong networks among schools, research institutions, business and cities. The day’s closing panel will look at the investments that can grow the innovation economy and attract the necessary human and financial capital.

  • Dane Stangler, Vice President, Research and Policy, The Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City, MO)
  • David Coddington, Vice President, Business Development, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
  • Joshua Wright, Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Emsi (Moscow, Idaho)

Panel Chair: Jeff Friedman, Director of Modern Government, Microsoft (Philadelphia, PA)

3:50 pm          Day 1 Closing Comments and Invitation to Reception

4:00 – 5:30 pm           Reception on the outer terrace

Day 2 ~ February 23, 2017


8:00 am           Breakfast Served

8:45 am           Day 2 Welcome by Conference MC:   Juliet Roulhac, Regional Manager, Corporate External Affairs, Florida Power & Light 

9:00 am          Session 5:         Transportation’s Impact on City-Building
The transportation industry is facing its most profound shift in a century, at the same time as many more cars are forecast to join the region’s roads in the next 25 years. What do we need to do to in terms of transportation planning and investment to focus on higher productivity and livability? How can we best leverage new technologies? What are specific ways to increase mobility in cities in the modern era?

  • Alice Bravo, Director of Transportation and Public Works, Miami-Dade County
  • Christopher Hodgkins, CEO, Miami Tunnel
  • Mark Rogers, Advanced Transportation Systems, Siemens
  • Kathleen Woods-Richardson, City Manager, City of Miramar, FL

Panel Chair:  Mike Parker, US Infrastructure Advisory Leader and Senior Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC

9:50 am           Jaana Remes, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute (San Francisco, CA)
Urban World: Meeting the Demographic Challenge in Cities 

10:10 am         Carl Weisbrod, Former Chairman, New York City Planning Commission
Planning for resiliency in urban development

10:30 am         Morning Break

11:00 am         Kim Briesemeister and Christopher Brown, Principals, Redevelopment Management Associates
Developing Public Land and P3s

11:20 am         Session 6:        New Patterns of Development in City-Building
How can American cities continue to renew their downtown cores, while also encouraging the equitable re-development of suburban areas across a metropolis? How do we ensure we build the infrastructure necessary to support significant increases in population, even as challenges to sustainability and resilience rise? How do we respond to the affordability challenge?

  • Jake Gordon, CEO, Downtown Vision (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Jenni Morejon, Deputy Director, Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority
  • Paul Bough, Senior Managing Consultant, Berkeley Research Group (Orlando, FL)
  • Jordana Jarjura, General Counsel, Gulf Building/Vice-Mayor, City of Delray Beach

Panel Chair: Troy Ballard, Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

12:00 pm        Conference Close