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Smart Growth Event Calendar

Solving Today's Adaptive Use Challenges Webinar, April 28

Join us for the start of a live discussion series on how to create vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods through the development of individual properties. We’ll cover key concepts in adaptive use and sustainable design principles, and the multitude of opportunities found in sustainable adaptive use projects. April 28, 1 p.m. EST

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Category: Events, Webinars


CNU 23: Meeting the Demand for Walkable Places, April 29 – May 2

The 23rd Annual Congress is coming to Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, April 29 – May 2, 2015. This year’s theme looks at the forces driving the desire for more urban lifestyles. Join us to network, learn and collaborate with the top real estate developers, architects, public officials, planners, architects and advocates working to make our cities better places.

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Category: Events, Texas, Urban


Webinar: Active Transportation Funding and the Next Transportation Bill, April 29

As Congress considers the next transportation bill, now is the time for the bicycle and pedestrian community to be heard. Join the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals to review the results of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 2014 national poll, learn the messages that resonated with voters, and get the resources to advocate for funding of active transportation. Presenters: Kevin Mills (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy) and Celinda Lake (Lake Research Partners). Join the webinar on April 29, 3 – 4 p.m. EST.

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Category: Events, Webinars, bikes, transportation, walking


Next City Vanguard Conference, May 6-8

The Vanguard is an annual experiential urban leadership gathering of young urban leaders working to improve cities across sectors, including urban planning, community development, entrepreneurship, government, transportation, sustainability, design, art and media. Each year, Next City selects 40 applicants whose smart ideas for cities, experience in the field and ambition for the future show great promise. Apply now and join the 2015 Vanguard in Reno, Nevada, May 6-8.​

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Category: Events, Nevada, Urban


Placemaking: Making it Happen training, May 6-8

Project for Public Spaces’ Placemaking: Making it Happen training is an intensive two and a half day course that builds on participants’ knowledge of placemaking concepts and provides the tools to implement and manage placemaking projects. Speakers include individuals who have hands-on experience in placemaking across the country and many of the presentations will focus on recent success stories. Training will be May 6-8 in New York City.


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Category: Events, New York


Infrastructure Week, May 11-15

Infrastructure Week 2015 will bring together stakeholders from around the country to highlight the critical importance of investing in and modernizing America’s infrastructure systems, which are essential to our economy. Our outdated roads, bridges, ports, airports, water, energy, and broadband systems remain a drag on our national recovery – and present a once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive job and wage growth, manufacturing, trade, and global competitiveness. Join organizations, business leaders, civic groups, and others to amplify common goals through events, focused media attention, and advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. Infrastructure Week takes place May 11-15 in Washington, DC.

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Category: Events, District of Columbia, Infrastructure


American Institute of Architects Convention, May 14-16

AIA Convention 2015 will teach attendees best practices in design: How should it look? How does it function? What’s its purpose? Among other things, the conference includes a focus on resilience: aging infrastructure, disasters, and risk pose complex challenges that increase with a changing climate. Discover how architects and designers can lead the way in creating more resilient and sustainable practices and innovations. Attendees will also get a broad view of design and health and explore how innovative architects are using design to combat obesity, build community, and promote well-being. May 14-16 in Atlanta.

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Category: Events, Georgia, Sustainability, architects


Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, May 19-21

​The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is the premier gathering of leaders from across the country exploring innovative solutions for tackling vacant, abandoned and problem properties. Themed “Beyond Blight: Building a Bold Movement,” the 2015 conference will explore the latest tools to combat vacancy and move beyond neighborhood blight, as well as how government officials, community leaders, and others in the field can join forces across departments, cities, and even states to achieve wide-scale positive change. May 19-21 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Category: Events, Michigan, Conferences


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