REASON #3: U.S. HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY SHAUN DONOVAN JOINS STELLAR LINE-UP AT CNU 18
We have some exciting news to share - and we could have made it Reason #1, but we just confirmed it and wanted you to know about it immediately. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has accepted our invitation to deliver a plenary address at CNU 18 in Atlanta. Donovan will headline a morning plenary session on Friday, May 21. More details will follow next week.
Secretary Donovan's strong leadership at HUD includes joining forces with his counterparts at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the innovative inter-agency Partnership for Sustainable Communities, through which the three agencies work to ensure that housing and transportation goals are met while simultaneously protecting the environment, promoting equitable development, and helping to address the challenges of climate change. The partnership is eliminating not only government silos but stubborn policy barriers that block efforts to make neighborhoods more walkable, connected and vital.
In an example of a key Sustainable Communities initiative, HUD is overseeing administration of a $150 million 2010 appropriation to support regional planning efforts that integrate housing and transportation decisions and increase the capacity to improve land use and zoning. Additionally, HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative will provide competitive grants to assist in the transformation, rehabilitation, and preservation of HUD public and assisted housing. It is seen as building on the success of the Hope VI program, which benefitted from design guidance from CNU leaders such as Ray Gindroz and Dan Solomon.
Donovan's address is another sign that CNU 18, with its historic partnership of CNU and the CDC, will be a pivotal event in the quest for improved community design, improved community economies and improved community health. Don't miss the opportunity to interact with experts including David Byrne, musician and author of Bicycle Diaries; fellow HUD official Shelley Poticha; Catherine Ross, director of Georgia Tech's Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development; Ellen Dunham-Jones, co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia; CNU co-founders Dan Solomon, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Peter Calthorpe, Elizabeth Moule, and Andrés Duany; Dr. Howard Frumkin and many others. Cutting-edge topics include urban agriculture, retrofitting suburbia, communities accommodating demographic change, location efficiency and more. Explore speakersand sessionsand reserve your placenow.