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Smart Growth Event Calendar

National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting, February 1-4

The 2015 ​NACD Annual Meeting will be held February 1-4 in New Orleans, LA. The theme for the meeting is “Conservation: Key to a Healthy Nation."​ Planning is underway for a very full program, filled with general sessions, lively speakers, breakout sessions, board meetings, tours and training opportunities.

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Category: Events, California, Annual Meeting

Webinar: Elected Officials Walk the Walk, Feb. 5

Based on America Walks’ recently published case studies, this webinar will feature three local elected officials who have used their status as political leaders to advance walking and walkability. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Columbia, Missouri City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe, and former Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman will describe their successes, including reducing neighborhood speed limits and inspiring citizens to start exercising and lose a combined one million pounds. This is the first in the America Walks “Inspiring Stories of Walkable Communities” webinar series.​ The webinar will take place 2 p.m. EDT Feb. 5.

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Category: Events, Webinars

Webinar: Charting New Waters – Foundation Impact Through Convening, Feb. 5

After more than six years of intensive, solution-oriented work on U.S. freshwater issues, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread recently concluded its Charting New Waters initiative. By convening hundreds of experts representing different sectors and perspectives, there is a new recognition of the importance of water and its issues, as well as the complex relationships between water and other critical issues, such as energy, climate, food and social equity. Please join this conversation on Feb. 5 from 2 pm - 3 pm EST to learn more about the culminating recommendations coming from Charting New Waters, and the opportunities to leverage those recommendations and partnerships going forward.

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Category: Events, Webinars

2015 National Conference of Regions - Feb 8-10, 2015

Join the National Association of Regional Councils for the 2015 National Conference of Regions. This conference is a forum for locally-elected officials and their Regional Councils to explore federal policy issues, and discuss NARC’s legislative priorities for the 114th Congress. Topics covered at the Conference will include the reauthorization of transportation legislation, water quality issues, the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the current federal and local fiscal picture, among other policy issues that affect the success of Regional Councils.​


Category: Events, District of Columbia, Conferences

Webinar: National Complete Streets Coalition to Unveil Top Complete Streets Policies of 2014, Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EST

Join us for an online event to celebrate last year’s best policies and hear how communities everywhere can create streets that are safer and more convenient for everyone who uses them. Over 70 communities passed Complete Streets policies in 2014 and on February 10, Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition will unveil which were the best.


Category: Events, Webinars

Webinar: Heart & Soul Talks: Community Network Analysis to Improve Participation and Results, 4 p.m. EST Thursday, February 12

Free Webinar on Community Engagement: Achieving community-wide participation is an admirable but challenging goal. Identifying the multiple layers of community can be the difference between success or failure of a project. Orton’s Community Network Analysis brings fresh new voices and solutions to the table and is a powerful way to understand who lives, works and plays in your town and how best to reach them. 4 p.m. EST Thursday, February 12.


Category: Events, Webinars

The AIA’s 41th annual Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference, March 4-6

Guided by a vision for the future of the profession, the conference provides The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) leaders with tools to influence and pursue action that will strengthen their firms, communities and society at large. The conference provides opportunities for creative dialogue through general sessions, workshops, networking and peer-to-peer connections. Leaders will exchange information and ideas, provide input on AIA initiatives and advocate the AIA’s federal agenda to members of Congress, working collectively toward a better future for architects.

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Category: Events, District of Columbia, Conferences

2015 National Bike Summit, March 10-12, 2015, Washington, D.C.

​The theme of the 2015 National Bike Summit perfectly describes the League’s new strategic direction: bikes add value in so many ways. Instead of saying “Look at what the bike has done for us!” we’re asking “How can the bike help you achieve your goals?” – whether you’re a health professional, community planner, traffic engineer, neighborhood leader, tourism agency, grandmother or student. That’s a significant shift – and we’ll be listening and learning from many of these groups during the Summit.


Category: Events, bikes

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