2017 National Meeting Agenda

This agenda is a work-in-progress and will be regularly updated.

MONDAY, OCT. 30, 2017

Location: Renaissance Downtown Phoenix Hotel (100 N. 1st St.)

12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration

Beat the rush, stop by Renaissance Hotel Lobby before the block party welcome reception to pick up everything you need for the meeting.

4 p.m. Civic Discourse, Truth, and the Future of Journalism

Special session for early arrivals, this session will include a short presentation and interactive dialogue

Chris Callahan, Dean, Cronkite School of Journalism, ASU
Phil Boas, Editor, Arizona Republic

6 p.m. Block Party // Welcome Reception

Location: Adams Street Celebration (outside the Renaissance Hotel)
Phoenix Community Alliance co-host

TUESDAY, OCT. 31, 2017

Location: Beus Center for Law and Society (111 E Taylor St)

The first full day of the 2017 CEOs for Cities National Meeting begins with an early breakfast and opening remarks, followed by a day of programming — including keynote speakers, panel discussions and city field trips in Phoenix.

7 a.m. Registration + Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Lee Fisher, Senior Advisor, CEOs for Cities
Bob Milbourne, Chair, CEOs for Cities Board
Duke Reiter, Executive Director, University City Exchange, ASU

8:15 a.m. The ASU/Phoenix Model, an Unprecedented Partnership

Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix

9 a.m. Pittsburgh & Paris
Why Cities Matter More Than Ever

Moderated panel

Moderator: Tom Murphy, Senior Fellow, ULI, former Mayor of Pittsburgh
Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix
Other Speakers TBA Soon

Topics to be Addressed:
political discourse/leadership/obligations to the future | sustainability and Paris agreement (the future of water as a common denominator) | developing the city; density; transportation; housing; gentrification | the new economy | immigration/inclusion | state/city challenges

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. What Region of the U.S is the Most Compelling Window on the Future?

Moderated panel

Moderator: Duke Reiter, Executive Director, University City Exchange, ASU
Mayor Jonathan Rothchild, City of Tucson
Mayor Sandy Stimpson, City of Mobile
Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, City of Baton Rouge
Other Speakers TBA Soon

Topics to be Addressed:
immigration/demographic change | climate change/water as prime example | economies of the future/talent/workforce | the role of local and regional foundations | state vs. city governance-red states with blue cities | education/social mobility in areas of economic need | health and well-being | global trade

11:15 a.m. Lightning Round // Phoenix, ASU and Related Partnerships

Christine Mackay, Director of Economic Development, City of Phoenix
Denise Resnick, Founder, President and CEO, First Place
Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director, Local First, Arizona
Beatriz Rendon, CEO, ASU Prep Academy, VP of Educational Outreach, ASU
Phil Regier, CEO, Ed Plus, Exec. Vice Provost, ASU/Starbucks Partnership


12:15 p.m. Walk to Lunch

Location: Renaissance Hotel North Ballroom (100 N. 1st St.)

1 p.m. Keynote // TBA Soon!

2:30 p.m. Field Trips

Positioning a new campus in the urban core and the resultant impact for all parties.
Location: ASU Downtown campus and surroundings

Defining terms, expectations, commitments, and urban implications
Location: Warehouse District, selected businesses and incubators

How can a nationally recognized arts district maintain its identity while sparking development?
Location: Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, Phoenix Art Museums

Field Trip #4: TALKING TRASH
Creating a circular economy and transforming waste into entrepreneurial opportunities.
Location: Resource Innovation Campus, 19th Avenue Waste Transfer Station

Field Trip #5: HOUSING FOR ALL
Imagining, building, and supporting new forms of housing and community.
Locations: Devine Legacy, First Place, container housing

Learning from a arid climate and the legacy of engineering the desert
Locations: SRP canal system, Decision Center for a Desert City, other

Field Trip #7: CITY OF TEMPE
The transformation of a college town into a locus of business, multi-family housing and recreation.
Locations: Mill Avenue, Tempe Town Lake, ASU campus, State Farm campus, other

The “West’s Most Western Town” becomes an entrepreneurial hub and housing innovator
Locations: SkySong, Optima, Old Town, municipal campus, etc.


6 p.m. Evening Reception // Heard Museum

The Heard Museum (2301 N Central Ave) was founded in 1929 and showcases collections of different culture and art from Native peoples throughout the Americas. There are a wide variety of collections, including Hopi katsina dolls, Navajo textiles and prehistory, Southwestern ceramics. Currently, the Museum is featuring the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit until August 20th. You can view additional art collections right from your desk! Preview the online collections from fine art, jewelry and fashion to pottery and textiles!

David Roche, Director, Heard Museum

7 p.m. The Future of the Suburban City // Heard Museum

Moderated open discussion with Grady Gammage, Author, “The Future of the Suburban City” during reception!

8 p.m. Dinner in Phoenix

Enjoy dinner on your own in the city.


Location: Renaissance Hotel North Ballroom (100 N. 1st St.)

The final day of the 2017 National Meeting

7 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Lee Fisher, Senior Advisor, CEOs for Cities
Brian Payne, Vice Chair, CEOs for Cities Board
Duke Reiter, Executive Director, University City Exchange, ASU

8:30 a.m. Morning Keynote // Christopher Gergen

Founding Partner, Forward Cities

Fostering Inclusive Innovation Economies

9:30 a.m. How Will We Live & Thrive?
Housing, Education and The Arts

Moderated panel

Moderator: Paul J.Luna, President & CEO
Maria Rosario Jackson
, Senior Advisor, Arts & Culture, Kresge Foundation
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, President, Community College District
Other Speakers TBA Soon

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. The Case for Inclusive Prosperity

Drawing on a soon to be published paper, The Case for Inclusive Prosperity, Richard Florida’s co-author, Steven Pedigo, will elaborate on the role of anchor institutions, affordable housing, family supporting employment, strategies for innovation, and inclusive public spaces.

Lightning Round

Steve Pedigo, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab
Alan Shepard
, President, Concordia University
Jeff Carter, Executive Director, Innovation Team, City of Mobile
Other Speakers TBA Soon

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. Closing Lunch + Keynote // Richard Florida

Author, The New Urban Crisis; University Professor and Director of Cities, Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto

The Case for Inclusive Prosperity
Building on the thesis of his recent book, The New Urban CrisisRichard Florida will address the transformation of the American city as our economy continues to widen the spectrum of wealth and poverty with profound implications for  workers, families, and society.

2 p.m. Book Signing // Richard Florida

2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Lee Fisher, Senior Advisor, CEOs for Cities