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Build the Future

Los Angeles, California
May 28 & 29, 2015

How we build — and rebuild — cities will shape the future. The number of people living in cities will increase from 3.8 billion to more than 6 billion by 2050. It means the business of city building will drive economic growth and innovation for a generation.
The next edition of CityAge will be held in Los Angeles on May 28 & 29 and entitled Build the Future. It will be designed to explore the investments, partnerships and ideas that are shaping our urban century. We invite you to join the leading city builders from the private and public sector who are building the future.
CityAge is a global network of more than 4,000 private and public sector leaders who have gathered in New York, London Vancouver, Seattle, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Toronto and other cities. Our audience consists of mayors, investors, business leaders, architects, researchers and civic leaders from across the country and around the world.

We invite you to join us. Please register today at, or email Marc Andrew ( or Miro Cernetig ( for any further information.  

Draft Agenda ~ Subject to Change

7:30 am           Breakfast Served

8:30 am           Welcome by Conference MC:            Valerie Zavala, Anchor, SoCal Connected

8:45 am           Comments by:                         Rick Cole, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, City of Los

9:05 amPresentation by:         Jaana Remes, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

9:25 am           Session 1:        Catalyst Cities: How Investment is Re-Shaping Major Cities
Cities are our engines of economic growth. Where are the investment opportunities over the next 15 years? What patterns of inbound and outbound foreign investment are re-shaping Los Angeles and other global cities? How can a metropolitan region accelerate exports and drive new approaches to economic development and promote innovation? How can cities invest in strategies to promote the global flow of goods, people and ideas and thereby catalyze growth?

  • Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, Policy and Planning, London
  • Carlos J. Valderrama, Senior Vice President, Global Initiatives, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rick Cole, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, City of Los Angeles
  • Stuart Gabriel, Director, Ziman Center for Real Estate, UCLA

Panel Chair:   Jaana Remes, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

10:10 am         Morning Break

10:45 am         Session 2:        Innovation City 2.0
Cities are our innovation hubs, assembling companies, universities and people to promote new ideas and tools to drive prosperity. How can a city leverage its unique economic assets – whether it be the entertainment industry, manufacturing or a creative workforce? From Silicon Beach to Nashville to London, this session will explore cities as platforms for innovation and economic growth.  

  • Karl Dean, Mayor, City of Nashville, TN
  • Steve Nissen, Senior Vice President, NBC Universal
  • Krisztina Holly, Entrepreneur in Residence, City of Los Angeles
  • Michel Mossessian, Founder, Mossessian Architecture

Panel Chair:Frank Gilliam, Dean, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA

11:30 am         Presentation by:         Jeff Morales, CEO, High Speed Rail Authority         

11:50 pm         Presentation by:         Jenna Hornstock, Deputy Executive Officer, Countywide Planning, 
LA County Metro

12:05 pm         Lunch

1:05 pm           Session 3:        Resilient Cities: Managing energy, water and new technologies for the
sustainable city
California is facing its most serious drought in a century, crystalizing the need for new approaches to energy and water management. How can data and new sensor technologies improve our approaches to water management? What are the new approaches to preserving storm-water and resource management essential for an era in which 70 per cent of the global population will live in cities? How can Los Angeles – and other global cities – develop the technologies and practices that will be in demand around the world in the next century?  

  • Patrick Otellini, Chief Resilience Officer, City of San Francisco
  • Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council
  • Guy Lipa, Chief of Staff, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Panel Chair:   Jamie Torres Springer, Partner, HR&A Advisors

1:50 pm           Presentation by:         Emma Stewart, Head of Sustainability Solutions, Autodesk

2:10 pm           Presentation by:         Stuart McKee, National Technology Officer, U.S., Microsoft

2:30 pm           Afternoon Break

2:55 pm           Presentation by:         Michael Donnelly, President, End-Market Group, AECOM

3:15 pm           Session 4:        The Metropolitan Return: Unlocking capital to renew urban infrastructure
America’s cities require major investment in urban infrastructure to prosper. How can cities implement the long term financial plans – and unlock the global capital – required to build and re-build the roads, bridges and most importantly water systems that are required to thrive and be competitive?  Special attention will be paid to new partnerships that can confront California’s water crisis in a manner that is in the public interest.

  • Timothy Romer, Head of Public Finance and Infrastructure, Goldman Sachs
  • Megan Matson, Partner, Table Rock Capital
  • John Campagna, Vice President, Corvias Group
  • Jeff Peltola, Executive Director, Fiscal Performance and Planning, LADWP

Panel Chair: Jonathan Trutt, Executive Director, West Coast Infrastructure Exchange

4:00 pm           Presentation by:         Donald Shoup, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA  
4:20 pm           Session 5:        The Mobile Metropolis: New approaches to transportation
Major advances are underway in transportation management. New approaches to transit-oriented design are re-shaping cities at the same time as new technologies and companies are changing how we move around the city. These trends include new approaches to airport connectivity, cloud technologies that reshape traffic patterns, payment technologies that influence congestion and start-up companies changing how we get around. How should cities approach these trends? How can they work with business to seize opportunity?

  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, L.A. Department of Transportation
  • Thomas McKnight, EVP, Planning, Development and Transportation, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Martha Welborne, Chief Planning Officer, L.A. Country Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Simon Farbrother, City Manager, City of Edmonton

Panel Chair:   Katherine Aguilar Perez-Estolano, Partner, Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors

5:00 pm           Day 1 Close and Invitation to Evening Reception

5:05 pm           Evening Reception at The California Club


Day 2 ~ May 29th, 2015

7:30 am           Breakfast Served

8:30 am           Day 2 Welcome by Conference MC:             Stephen Cheung, President, World Trade Center –
Los Angeles

8:45 am           Session 6:        Future Cities: The Move Back To Downtown
For the first time in decades, many of America’s downtown cores are seeing an influx of people and investment. What’s behind this trend, and will it continue? This panel will address how to promote great urban design and neighborhood revitalization. Too often, neighborhood change is coupled with a narrative of gentrification that speaks to displaced low-income families and long-time residents. What are the innovations in development, data and land-use patterns that can promote neighborhood and downtown renewal and focus on economic development for residents?

  • Ryan Aubry, Development Manager, Greenland USA
  • Diane Sugimura, Director of Planning and Development, City of Seattle
  • Sondra Wenger, 1st Vice President, CIM Group
  • John Simones, Co-CEO and Design Director, The Jerde Partnership

Panel Chair:   Lewis Horne, President, Greater L.A. and Orange County, CBRE   

9:30 am           Presentation by:         Craig Hodgetts, Founder, Hodgetts + Fung and Lead, Hyperloop  
Studio, UCLA  

9:50 am           Presentation by:         Ed Percy, Vice President and Global Health Lead, CGI

10:10 am         Comments by:                         Patrick Kennedy, CEO & Founder, OSIsoft

10:30 am         Morning Break

11:00 am         Presentation by:         Kevin Merritt, CEO, Socrata

11:20 am         Session 7:        Data in the City: New tools to promote urban wellbeing and prosperity
A modern metropolis is a complex system, circulating people, finance, dollars and ideas at unprecedented speed. Mobile and data technologies are placing new tools for managing the city for its leaders and citizens, who can have these tools in the palm of their hands. What tools can cities use to promote wellbeing in every neighborhood? How is city government changing, and how can it become more responsive to the needs of its citizens? How can the convergence of data, technology and urban design build a better city?

  • Abhi Nemani, Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles
  • Jonathan Ward, Partner, NBBJ
  • Dale Fleming, Director, Strategic Planning, County of San Diego Health and Human Services

Panel Chair:   Clinton Moloney, Managing Director, Sustainability, PwC

12:05 pm         Session 8:        The Talent Metropolis: How cities are the new platforms of economic
opportunity and innovation
The first purpose of cities is to assemble our greatest resource: talented people. And too create the systems, partnerships and infrastructure for them to excel. How can cities work with business and universities to ensure people of all ages are equipped to deal with the transformation of industries and the rapid creation of new ones? How is how we work changing and what does it mean for cities?

  • Frank Dawson, Associate Dean, Santa Monica College
  • Lisa Garrett, Director of Personnel, County of Los Angeles
  • Salomon Davila, Dean, Economic and Workforce Development, Pasadena City College

Panel Chair:    Peter Miscovich, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

12:55 pm         Closing Comments

1:00 pm           Conference Close

Participants Include:

  • 5+ Design
  • AIA Los Angeles
  • Amigos de los Rios
  • Arup
  • Autodesk
  • Avison Young
  • Black Swan Realty Advisors
  • BlackRock
  • Brakeley Brisco
  • Brookfield
  • Buro Happold
  • California Community Foundation
  • California Landmark
  • California Planning & Development Report
  • California State University Northridge
  • CBRE
  • CGI
  • CIM Group
  • City & County of San Francisco
  • City of Baldwin Park
  • City of Burbank, CA
  • City of Culver City, CA
  • City of Edmonton, AB
  • City of Eugene, OR
  • City of Inglewood, CA
  • City of Long Beach, CA
  • City of Los Angeles, CA
  • City of Menifee, CA
  • City of Nashville, TN
  • City of North Vancouver, BC
  • City of Pasadena
  • City of Perris, CA
  • City of Phoenix, AZ
  • City of San Francisco, CA
  • City of Seattle, WA
  • City of Sunnyvale, CA
  • City of West Hollywood, CA
  • City of Wichita, KS
  • CityAge
  • CityView
  • Clark Construction
  • Climate Resolve
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Consulate General of Canada
  • Corvias Group
  • County of San Diego
  • Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
  • Cubic Transportation Systems
  • Dake Wilson Architects
  • Davenport Institute
  • DLR Group
  • Downtown Long Beach Associates
  • Ennead Architects
  • Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors LLC
  • Fieldstead and Company
  • Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Greater London Authority
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Greenland USA
  • Griego Enterprises, Inc
  • Grosvenor
  • High Speed Rail Authority
  • Hodgetts + Fung
  • HOK
  • HR&A Advisors
  • Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
  • James Surh & Associates
  • JLL
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • JSPR
  • Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.
  • L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce
  • L.A. City College
  • L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation
  • L.A. Department of Transportation
  • L.A. Department of Water and Power
  • LA Hi-Tech
  • Laurus Corporation
  • Los Angeles Business Council
  • Los Angeles County
  • Los Angeles County EDC
  • Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA
  • Macerich
  • McKinsey Global Institute
  • Metro Vancouver
  • Mia Lehrer + Associates
  • Microsoft
  • MIG
  • Mossessian Architecture
  • MRCA
  • NAI Capital HQ – Encino
  • National Capital Commission
  • NBBJ
  • NBC Universal
  • Neighborly
  • New York City EDC
  • Okapi Architecture, Inc.
  • Pasadena City College
  • Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs,
    Cal State L.A.
  • Perkins + Will
  • Plenary Group
  • PwC
  • Quigley-Simpson
  • Riley Architects
  • Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation
  • Santa Monica College
  • Santa Valley Transportation Authority
  • SAS Institute
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Socrata
  • Stanley Hoffman and Associates
  • Starryland USA
  • State of California
  • Studio one eleven
  • Tacloban City, Phillippines
  • The Jerde Partnership
  • The Planning Report
  • The Streisand Foundation
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Yellin Company
  • Tribune Media Company
  • Turf Terminators
  • UCLA
  • Urban Land Institute Los Angeles
  • USC
  • USC Annenberg
  • VerdeXchange Institute
  • Walker & Dunlop
  • West Coast Infrastructure Exchange
  • Wilson Associates
  • World Trade Council of Los Angeles
  • Zhuhai Commercial Service
  • Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA