Charles Marohn will give the keynote presentation at the Utah League of Cities and Towns Annual Convention, as well as a break-out session.
Keynote (9am - 10:30am): Curbside Chat
The Curbside Chat is a presentation followed by a community-specific discussion about the financial health of our places.
- Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
- Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
- What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?
The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.
Breakout Session (11am - 12pm): Transportation in the Next American City
For more than six decades, local governments have been accustomed to building new transportation infrastructure, expanding existing systems in addition to constructing completely new facilities. While liabilities have grown, transportation funding has not kept up. Now there is a desperate need for local governments to shift from building to maintaining, from an approach that emphasizes expansion to one where we mature our use of existing investments. In difficult economic times, this is a scary, but necessary, realignment.
In this session, we will discuss:
- A brief history of how we arrived at the current set of problems, particularly how centralization and an abundance of funding created short-term efficiencies but has stifled the development of alternative approaches.
- Identification of the reasons why local governments find themselves stuck in the current paradigm and strategies for overcoming these obstacles.
- The important difference between a road and a street and how to get the most out of each.
- How to productively respond to congestion and safety problems within an urban environment.
- The role of state and federal funding in local transportation decisions. How to get the most out of these funding sources without compromising the financial health of the community.
- Dealing with resistance to change from public safety and maintenance staff.
- The role of transit in creating a balanced portfolio of transportation options.
(Top photo by pasteur)