Welcome and opening remarks
Panel 2 – Investing in quality of place
Over the past several decades, demographic shifts and the rise of the knowledge economy have led to increasing demand for more walkable, mixed-use urban places. Catalytic development is a new model of investment that takes a large scale, long-term approach to recreating such communities. The objectives of this model are exemplified in Amazon’s RFP for a second headquarters, which outlines the company’s desire for a vibrant, connected site that’s accessible and appealing to workers.
On Monday, June 11, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted an event featuring the newly released report titled Catalytic development: (Re)creating walkable urban places. The report offers insights from six case study cities, including Amazon’s original HQ in Seattle, Wash., as well as Detroit, Mich., Chattanooga, Tenn., Cincinnati, Ohio, Cambridge, Mass. and Phoenix, Ariz., where private, university, or non-profit developers coalesced to reinvigorate their communities. Event speakers discussed important lessons for those seeking to create economically productive and socially inclusive walkable urban places.
Vice President, Real Estate - Vulcan Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Senior Vice President - Forest City Realty Trust (Cambridge, MA)
Senior Advisor to the President - Arizona State University
Executive Director, University City Exchange - Arizona State University
President and Chief Executive Officer - Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC)
Vice President and Partner - Chattanooga Land Company
Chief Planning and Public Space Officer - Downtown Detroit Partnership
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