Chuck Marohn will present at the 2017 Joint Conference hosted by the South Dakota Planners Association (SDPA) and the Western Planner. He will give a keynote and lead a breakout session.
Keynote (8:45am - 10:00am)
Today, many cities and towns are asking themselves questions like:
- Why are we 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. Chuck Marohn will offer answers to these and more questions in a robust presentation concerning land use, municipal finance and how to build strong places.
Breakout (3:15pm - 4:45pm)
For more than six decades, local governments have been accustomed to building infrastructure and expanding existing systems. While liabilities have grown, transportation funding has not kept up. Now there is a desperate need for local governments to change their approach. We need to shift our strategy from an emphasis on continuous expansion to a more mature focus on maintenance and maximization of existing infrastructure. In difficult economic times, this is a scary, but necessary, realignment.
There are trillions of dollars of unproductive infrastructure already in the ground today waiting for us to make better use of. At Strong Towns, we see that our cities, towns and neighborhoods are dripping with opportunity. These opportunities are not of the mega-project variety. They are small -- seemingly beneath us, perhaps -- but they can positively transform everything about how we live our lives.