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5 things ICMA Members should know about the 2016 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

The upcoming 2016 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is an exciting opportunity for ICMA Members. Save the Dates! The 2016 New Partners Conference will be held February 11-13 in Portland, OR. The program will span three full days with optional pre-conference events scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, and post-conference events scheduled for Sunday, February 14.

Here are 5 of the top things local managers should know about the nation's largest smart growth and sustainability event. 

1. 2016 New Partners Conference is gone West (coast)

The 2016 New Partners Conference is heading back west to Portland, internationally recognized as one of the most walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly “green” cities in the world. Also dubbed “Silicon Forest” for its high concentration of tech companies, Portland has maintained a diversified “desks and docks” economy with active heavy-manufacturing and port-related shipping industries. It is both a mecca for young people and one of the best places for baby boomers to retire.

2. Access to Practical Tools & Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities

The theme for the 2016 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring a stronger emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities NOW! Smart growth offers local policymakers a way to look comprehensively at shaping communities that are built for everyone. This premier smart-growth event will provide you with the latest research,strategies,tools,best practices and information on how you can be more successful in tackling the many challenges you face,and help you make the best choices for your community.

3. Spotlight on Equitable Development, Environmental Justice and Smart Growth

Learn how smart growth supports equitable development, environmental justice and economic vitality and empowers communities of color, tribes and disadvantaged groups. Because the majority of decision-making about land use and transportation planning occurs at the local level,elected officials and staff play an essential role in creating more livable and equitable communitiesNew Partners 2016 includes several sessions and tours that will explore these critical issues and showcase strategies for greater collaboration among equitable development, smart growth and environmental justice advocates.

 4. A Mecca for Smart Growth, Collaboration and Networking Opportunities

The conference will draw a national audience of local elected officials and city/county staff; state and federal agency leaders; professionals in planning, transportation, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, parks and recreation, housing, public works, crime prevention and the arts; realtors, developers, builders and bankers; advocates for equity and environmental justice,youth,older adults,and walking and biking; labor representatives; school leaders and staff;and environmentalists.

 5. Early Bird Registration Ends December 29th!

The Early-Bird Registration Rate has been extended through December 29. Regular rates will apply from December 29 through the January 21 registration deadline. Registrations will still be accepted after January 21 if space is available, and a $50 late fee will apply (included in the late registration rates indicated above). Scholarships are also available to various groups and local managers. Visit www.NewPartners.org today for more details!

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