CityAge Speakers Include


The New American City

Rochester, NY
June 6 & 7, 2016

America’s original cities are building its future.

That’s why CityAge will hold the next edition of the Summit on The New American City in Rochester, New York on June 7th, 2016. An evening reception will be held prior to the Summit on June 6th.

An urban renaissance is underway in mid-sized cities across the United States, driven by new partnerships among business, university and city leaders. Downtowns are growing again, and a new urban economy is taking shape, driven by the engines of an innovation economy.

Cities have an opportunity to take the lead in in this new economy through smart partnerships with business, academic and philanthropic leaders, and new investments in the infrastructure and technologies tomorrow’s companies need to grow.

Hosted by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, and building on prior editions in Kansas City, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle, CityAge will gather a regional and national audience to address how the business of city-building can contribute to building The New American City.

Secure your place in this special network of city leaders today.  

To review the guest list from prior CityAge events, or for any other information, please contact Marc Andrew at or Miro Cernetig at


Draft Agenda ~ Subject to Change

June 6th ~ Evening Reception at the Sibley Building in the Downtown Innovation Zone ~ Rochester

250 East Main Street ~ Use escalator or elevator to the second floor

5-7 pm

5:00 pm Reception begins

6:00 pmComments by:         Lovely Warren, Mayor, City of Rochester, NY

6:10 pm Comments by:Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant-Governor, State of New York

7:00 pm Reception Close

June 7th
Harro East Ballroom
155 N Chestnut Street

7:30 am           Breakfast Served

8:30 am           Opening Remarks by Event MCs: Jim Madalinsky and Jennifer
Johnson, Anchors, WHAM

8:45 am           Welcome Address by:                       Lovely Warren, Mayor, City of Rochester, NY

9:00 am           Presentation by:        Antoine van Agtmael, Investor and Author, The Smartest
Places on Earth
Mr. van Agtmael, who coined the term emerging markets, will speak to how former industrial cities in the United States and Europe are transitioning from rust belts to “brain belts” and represent a major growth opportunity.

9:20 am           Presentation by:        Howard Zemsky, President & CEO, Empire State

9:40 am           Session 1:         Building The New American City
American downtowns are growing again for the first time in generations, and new investments are giving life to formerly under-utilized assets such as heritage buildings, industrial regions and urban waterfronts. A vital aspect of the modern urban economy is keeping and attracting talented young residents. How can Rochester leverage its historic assets like the Eastman Kodak Business Park, its downtown heritage buildings, and the developing Inner Loop project to build a more vibrant city, and what can it learn from other cities?

  • Kishore Varanasi, Principal and Director of Urban Design, CBT (Boston, MA)
  • Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President, Rochester Downtown Development Corporation
  • Ed Pawlowski, Mayor, City of Allentown, PA
  • Antoine van Agtmael, Investor and Author, The Smartest Places on Earth

Panel Chair: Howard Zemsky, President & CEO, Empire State Development

10:25 am         Presentation:Samuel DeShazior, Deputy Mayor, Economic Development,
City of Akron, OH

10:45 am         Morning Break

11:10 am         Presentation:             Dolores Kruchten, Vice President, Eastman Business Park, Eastman Kodak Company
One of the Smart Places

11:30 am         Session 2:        Driving Job Growth in The American City
New models of partnership are emerging among business and government to promote economic growth in areas such as technology, next-generation manufacturing and science and engineering. What are the leading examples of job creation in cities across the country? How can cities foster the next generation of urban entrepreneurs?

  • Bill Carpenter, CEO, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority
  • Colin Doody, President and Creative Director, Darkwind Media
  • Joel Frater, Executive Dean, Damon City Campus, Monroe Community College
  • Malik Evans, Business Growth Manager, ESL Federal Credit Union

Panel Chair: Robert Simpson, President & CEO, CenterStateCEO (Syracuse, NY)

12:15 pm        Lunch

1:15 pm          Presentation by:        Andrew Frank, Special Advisor to the President for Economic
Development, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

1:35 pm          Presentation:             John Macomber, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
(Cambridge, MA)
Finance for Competitive Infrastructure: Cities competing with each other need high capacity and reliable power, transit, and water infrastructure – but this is expensive. What are effective innovations in attracting private capital to these public investments?

1:55 pm          Session 3:        The Innovation City
Cities are our platforms of innovation. What are the examples of partnerships between business, cities, academe and NGO’s that are improving urban life? How can the private sector, cities and universities work together to make cities more prosperous, safer, and more productive? What are the best examples of how city governments, academia, and business are working together to re-new and revitalize American cities?

  • Andrew Maxwell, Director of Policy and Innovation, City of Syracuse, NY
  • Kelly Kline, Chief Innovation Offer, City of Fremont, CA
  • Naveen Sharma, Professor and Chair of the Software Engineering Department, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Henry Fitts, Director of Innovation, City of Rochester

Panel Chair:        Joel Seligman, President, University of Rochester   

2:40 pm          Afternoon Break

3:00 pm          Presentation:             Owen Kerney, City of Syracuse, Samuel Gordon, Town of
DeWitt, and Joe Sisko, Partner, Locus
A briefing on the “Elevating Erie” Ideas Competition

3:20 pm          Presentation:              Monica Kurzejeski, Deputy Mayor, City of Troy, NY and
Adam Frelin, Lead Artist, Breathing Lights Art Installation

3:40 pm          Presentation:              Molly Gaudioso, Co-Founder, Retailent Rochester and Senior
Planner at Steinmetz Planning Group

4:00 pm          Session 4:        Cloud Cities: Data in The 21st Century City
One of the most exciting developments in our urban age is the use of new computing technologies, systems and digital infrastructures to run cities and improve urban life. Cloud Cities use new platforms and technologies to improve transportation, policing and services.  What are the partnerships and new data tools that let us make our cities safer, more prosperous, and more livable? How can open data foster a better city and even help build startup companies?

  • Johanna Zmud, Director, National Office, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (Austin, TX)
  • Greg Dobler, Chief Scientist, Urban Observatory, Center for Urban Science and Progress, NYU (New York, NY)
  • Tony Harkin, iCitizen and Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Justin Bruce, Director of Innovation and Performance, City of Jackson, MS

Panel Chair: Jason Whittet, Director, Intelligent Cities, GE (New York, NY)

4:45 pm          Conference Close

Participants Include:

  • ACT Rochester
  • Action for a Better Community
  • Akron, OH
  • Allentown, PA
  • Arnold Magnetic Technologies
  • Bergmann Associates
  • Binghamton University
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Boylan Code
  • Brookings Institution
  • C&R Interactive
  • CBT Architecture
  • Center for Employment Opportunities, Rochester
  • CenterStateCEO
  • Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
  • City of Rochester
  • CJS Architects
  • Conifer Realty LLC
  • Connected Communities
  • Darkwind Media
  • DeWitt, NY
  • Dunkirk
  • Eastman Business Park
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • EcoDiverCities
  • Elmira Downtown
  • Emerge 2040
  • Empire State Development
  • Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership
  • ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Excell Partners
  • Fremont, CA
  • Garten Rothkopf
  • Youngstown, OH
  • GE
  • Go Green LED International
  • Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Rochester Enterprise
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Harvard Business School
  • High Tech Rochester
  • Home Leasing, LLC
  • icitizen
  • Jackson, MS
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • LeChase Construction
  • Locus
  • Lower Falls Foundation, LLC
  • MacDATA Institute
  • McMaster University
  • Meliora Research
  • Monroe Community College
  • New York University
  • Olean, NY
  • Oswego, NY
  • PARC
  • PathStone Enterprise Center
  • Providence Housing Development Corporation
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Retailent Rochester
  • Rhinebeck Bank
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Rochester Cycling Alliance
  • Rochester Downtown Development Corporation
  • Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
  • Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rochester Public Library & Monroe County Library System
  • Rochester Young Professionals
  • Rochester, NY
  • RTS
  • Securing America’s Future Energy
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Stantec
  • Steinmetz Planning Group
  • SUNY Empire State College
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SWBR Architects
  • Syracuse University
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • The College at Brockport
  • The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
  • Troy, NY
  • ‎Uniland Development
  • University at Albany
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Rochester
  • Upstate Alliance for a Creative Economy
  • UrbInnovations
  • Venture Jobs Foundation
  • Visit Rochester
  • Wegmans Food Markets
  • WHAM Rochester
  • Xerox Corporation