This is not a conference but a gathering, a get together that serves two important functions. First, the National Gathering brings together Strong Towns members (now over 300 people across 49 states) to share the best ideas about making our communities strong. Second, at the National Gathering our members are going to help set the strategic direction of the organization for the coming years.
Special events at this year's gathering include release of Transportation in the Next American City (the long-anticipated Strong Towns report on transportation) and an update from Gracen Johnson on the Next Generation of the Curbside Chat. Confirmed speakers include Monte Anderson of Options Real Estate, a developer experienced in incremental, human-scale projects, Mike McGinn, former mayor of Seattle, as well as Chuck Marohn and Jim Kumon of Strong Towns.
If you are not already a member of Strong Towns, please sign up before you register.
The afternoon keynote and sessions on Friday and Saturday will take place at the Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55409. For locals who are driving, parking is available in a lot next to the center to the east.
Bike parking is available at the front entrance along 38th.
To arrive at Sabathani by Transit:
From downtown, you can take the #18 bus along Nicollet Avenue southbound to 38th Street and walk four blocks east.
From the airport, you can take the Blue Line Light Rail to the 38th Street Station and transfer to the #23 bus heading westbound, getting off at 3rd Ave.
The train/bus will be $1.75 during normal hours and $2.25 during rush hours (6-9 AM and 3-6:30 PM), transfers are free, just get a slip.
Strong Towns has a first come, first serve hotel room block at the Hyatt in downtown Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, right off of Nicollet Avenue where much of the weekend's action will be. You can reserve your rooms online through this link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/StrongTowns