RMLUI Western Places/Western Spaces: Creating Inclusive Communities
Across the Rocky Mountain region, creating spaces that work for diverse populations—rich and poor, young and old, newcomers and natives—is a central challenge of our times. While the West is home to many thriving communities with robust economies and enviable amenities, there are also numerous communities that are struggling to keep pace economically and to manage the challenges of rapid growth. As our region continues to grow and change, increasing in density and diversity, questions about how to maintain affordability and livability, while promoting equity and inclusiveness, are top of mind in many of our fast-growing Western cities and towns.
The theme for the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute’s 2017 Western Places/Western Spaces conference, Creating Inclusive Communities, focuses on the challenges and strategies available to cities—large and small—to plan for and build communities in which everyone can thrive.
2017 Keynote Address by Senator Michael Bennet
In keeping with the conference theme, our 2017 keynote address by Senator Michael Bennet, Building Inclusive Communities: An Antidote to the National Politics of Division and Dysfunction, will focus on his perspectives on why the political system is so divided and how we can work together to create a more civil and functional society. Michael Bennet was re-elected to the United States Senate in November 2016 in one of the most divisive election cycles in recent history. He is widely recognized as a pragmatic, innovative and independent thinker driven by a deep-seated obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation.
March 15 - Elements of Development Workshop
In addition, on Wednesday, March 15, Elements of Development will examine how real estate developments—simple and complex—are financed, using both private and public sources of funding. At this full-day workshop, topics will include the elements influencing whether, where, and how a project will be developed; options for public and private financing; and considerations involved in putting a deal together. This training is designed for planners, lawyers, and others who are interested in understanding how finance terms drive development options.
Visit RMLUI online to learn more about the conference, download a program, and to register. Use promo code “west” to take $25 off a regular conference registration!