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Build the Future

The California Club
Los Angeles, CA
November 10, 2016

The Los Angeles region is the equivalent of a G-20 economy. To maximize its growth, it must integrate its major strengths in business, research, design and innovation. It can do so by accelerating the business of city building. This requires smart and long-term investments in infrastructure, urban design, transportation, management system, resilience and talent.

On November 10th CityAge: Build the Future will gather leaders in business, government, academia and society who are shaping this urban future of California, America and the world.

A welcome reception will be held on the evening of November 9th.

We invite you to be part of this 28th edition of CityAge, an international network of over 5,000 leaders from around the world who are building — and rebuilding — our cities. 

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November 9, 2016

Evening Reception on the Rooftop of The California Club

5 – 7 pm

November 10, 2016

Conferences MC:       Stephen Cheung, President, World Trade Center Los Angeles

7:30 am           Breakfast Served

8:30 am           Conference Opening  

8:40 am           Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Santa Monica
The regional Los Angeles agenda

9:00 am           Kelli Bernard, Chief Executive, LA Metro Region, AECOM
            Building a more productive, resilient Los Angeles

9:20 am           Session 1:        Building a Global Economic Region
Cities compete on a global stage. How can Los Angeles, with its distributed strengths across a major geographic region, maximize its economic productivity with smart development patterns, better partnerships among major institutions, and investments in regional growth?

  • Howard Slatkin, Deputy Executive Director of Strategic Planning, New York City
  • Douglas Hanson, President, HansonLA
  • Barbara Bouza, Managing Diretor, Principal, Gensler
  • Raymond Chan, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of Los Angeles
  • Panel Chair:  Lewis Horne, President, Greater LA and Orange County, CBRE

10:05 am         Claire Weisz and Adam Lubinsky, Principals, WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Strategic Planning + Urban Design = Economic Development

Together the Brooklyn Tech Triangle strategic plan and The Brooklyn Strand urban design project provide a blueprint for growing the innovation economy. What can can LA urbanists learn from this approach to better integrate the Arts District, Cleantech Corridor and the LA River into a synergistic whole?

10:25 am         Steve Yiu, Head of Planning, MTR Corporation, Hong Kong
How Hong Kong finances its infrastructure development and plans for a dense urban population 

10:45 am         Morning Break

11:05 am         Session 2:        Partnerships to Build the Future’s Infrastructure
Major investments in American infrastructure are on the horizon. How should they be structured? How do new models of public-private partnership have the potential to modernize California – and the nation’s – roads, airports, bridges and other public assets? What are the priority projects? How do we ensure these projects are planned and designed most effectively?

  • Daniel Feitelberg, Vice Chancellor, Planning and Budget, University of California, Merced
  • Virginia Grebbien, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Parsons
  • Roger Johnson, Deputy Executive Director, Airports Developments, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Dale Bonner, Executive Chairman, Plenary Concessions
  • Panel Chair:   Katherine Perez-Estolano, Co-Founder, ELP Advisors

11:45 am         Leigh Christy, Associate Principal and Senior Project Architect, Perkins + Will
On food as an urban infrastructure system, and its relationship to economic opportunity

12:05 pm         Introduction by: Doreen Sturgis, Vice President and Future Cities Practice Leader, CGI

12:10 pm         Ted Ross, General Manager, Chief Information Officer, City of Los Angeles
How technology in city building can create opportunity across communities

12:30 pm         Lunch

1:20 pm         Wellington Reiter, Senior Advisor to the President, Arizona State University, and Executive
Director of ASU's University City Exchange
How can a university best contribute to building a better urban future?

1:40 pm           Terry Bennett, Lead Strategist, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk
New tools in digital city-building

2:00 pm           Jonathan Campbell, Senior Vice President, Experience & Service Design, Continuum

2:20 pm           Session 3:        The Resilient City
The effects of climate change are already apparent, and forecast to increase in decades ahead. How should we be planning now for drought, intensification of storm patterns and potential earthquakes? What is the role of health care in building more resilient cities? What are the best practices and partnerships that can best ensure urban resilience?

  • Brian Jencek, Global Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture, HOK
  • Paul Simon, Chief Science Officer, LA County Public Health
  • Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Los Angeles
  • Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, UCLA
  • Panel Chair:   Darcy Immerman, Senior Vice President, Resiliency, AECOM

3:00 pm           Nathan Lewis, Professor of Chemistry, Caltech
How the clean energy revolution will change city-building

3:20 pm           Afternoon Break

3:35 pm           Session 4:        Energy Cities: Transformations Toward a Sustainable Future
Powering the city of the future will be more reliant than ever on smart partnerships with the private sector. How are energy and water utilities being transformed? What types of economic development opportunities lie in the future of energy systems? What’s the role of government in funding the energy transition?

  • Teveia Barnes, Executive Director, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
  • Guy Lipa, Chief of Staff, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Erik Caldwell, Director of Economic Development, City of San Diego
  • Julie Tran, Manager, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
  • Panel Chair:   Clinton Moloney, Managing Director, Sustainable Business Solutions, PwC

4:20 pm           Session 5:        The Data Effect
New applications of data are having a major impact on city-building. Where is the cutting edge in implementing technology and data to build and run our cities? How can new technology help improve engagement with citizens? How can cities work with the private sector to improve urban life and build an innovation economy?

  • Fraser Nelson, Director of Data and Innovation, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams
  • Jeramy Gray, Chief Information Officer, LA County Registrar-Recorder County-Clerk
  • Andy Wilson, Councilmember, City of Pasadena
  • Panel Chair:   Scott Mauvais, Director, Technology & Innovation, Microsoft

5:00 pm           Conference Close

Participants Include:

  • Arizona State University
  • Autodesk
  • Black & Veatch
  • British Columbia Trade & Invest
  • BYD Motors
  • California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Caltrans District 7
  • CBRE
  • CGI
  • CityGrows
  • CityLift Parking
  • Continuum
  • Cubic Transportation Systems
  • Culver City, CA
  • DEWright
  • Downtown Center Business Improvement District
  • ELP Advisors
  • Emerald Cities Collaborative
  • Equity Residential
  • Gardena, CA
  • GE Power
  • Gensler
  • Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio
  • HansonLA
  • Hayward, CA
  • HOK
  • Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
  • Innovate Your State
  • JLL
  • KFA Architecture
  • Kindel Gagan
  • LA Metro
  • Latham & Watkins
  • LCP Tracker
  • Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
  • Los Angeles County
  • Los Angeles County Business Federation
  • Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
  • Los Angeles World Airports
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Mayor’s Office of Budget, Innovation & Excellence
  • Microsoft
  • MTR Corporation, Hong Kong
  • Navigant
  • Nelson Nygaard
  • New York City, NY
  • Oxnard, CA
  • Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Board
  • Parsons
  • Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Pepperdine University
  • Perkins + Will
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Plenary Group
  • PwC
  • Richmond Hill, ON
  • Rincon Consultants
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Salt Lake County, UT
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • SAS Institute
  • SJR Partners
  • Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
  • SOM
  • South Park BID
  • Supervisor Hilda L Solis
  • T3
  • Tetra Tech
  • The Architect’s Newspaper
  • Thornton Tomasetti
  • UC Merced
  • UCLA
  • University of British Columbia
  • Urbanize.LA
  • Vectis Strategies
  • Verdexchange
  • West Basin Municipal Water District
  • World Trade Center Los Angeles
  • WXY