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Urban Ideas Worth Stealing conference
Wed, May 10, 2017, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
You're invited to join Keystone Crossroads at the second annual Urban Ideas Worth Stealing conference. The day-long conference includes breakfast and lunch, a networking cocktail hour, and admission to the museum's galleries and exhibits. People with all levels of knowledge about urban issues are encouraged to attend.
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Van Hook, Penn State Population Research Institute, Professor of Sociology and Demography. Racial and ethnic diversity has been rising in nearly every city and town in the United States. Jennifer Van Hook will discuss how these changes have come about and how Americans have responded over the decades. She’ll discuss whether American society will continue to be divided by race and ethnicity, or whether these divisions will fade in significance over time.
- My ideas worth stealing (or worth avoiding): WHYY's Dave Davies interviews Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray, and Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico
- Different approaches to school-based innovation: Neil Geyette (The U School), Scott Gordon (Mastery Charter Schools), Kyle Longacre (Pathway 360), Dale Mezzacappa (The Notebook)
- Immigrants to the rescue?: Krista Schneider (Downtown Hazleton Alliance), Guillermo Velazquez (Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation), Domenic Vitiello (University of Pennsylvania)
- Off the books: Beyond Act 47: York Mayor Kim Bracey, Ryan Bowers (Activest), Gerry Cross (Pennsylvania Economy League)
- Urban transportation projects that work for local communities: Charlotte Katzenmoyer (Lancaster Public Works), Gregory Krykewycz (DVRPC), Jim Ritzman (PennDot), Karen Thompson (Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
- PennsylTECHy: Start-ups, entrepreneurship and brain gain in Pennsylvania cities: Michael Jones (Pepperjam), Archna Sahay (StartupPhl), John Sider (Ben Franklin Technology Partners)
- Gerrymandering: Is there a better process for redistricting in Pennsylvania?: Carol Kuniholm (Fair Districts PA), Michael Li (NYU School of Law), David Thornburgh (Committee of Seventy)
- Beyond coffee shops: How gentrification impacts communities: Jamil Bey (Urbankind Institute), Ira Goldstein (Reinvestment Fund), Gil Gonzalez (Activist and filmmaker)
- Missed dinner: Approaches to solving urban food deserts: Stephanie Boddie (Pittsburgh Food Policy Council), Caroline Harries (The Food Trust), Wen Qin Zhang (Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs)
- A funny thing happened on the way to the rotunda: A new era of running for office: Marita Garrett (Wilkinsburg councilwoman), Andrew Lewis (2016 Republican candidate for Pa. Senate), Neil Makhija (2016 Democratic candidate for Pa. House), Anne Wakabayashi (Emerge PA)
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Driving directions to the National Civil War Museum. Free on-site parking available. Alternatively, take Amtrak to Harrisburg's station and then a taxi or ride share to the museum (approximately $5-8).
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
The conference concludes with a cocktail party at 5pm. If you are over 21 and plan to attend, please make sure to bring a photo ID.
Are any conference scholarships available?
Yes. A limited number of volunteer spots are available for anyone interested in helping with conference set-up or clean-up in exchange for free admission. For more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can I expect?
Read about last year's inaugural conference.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email Emily Gann, email@example.com