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Conference Schedule

Thursday, June 17th

Conference check-in will be available from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursday, as well as Friday morning.
2:00 - 4:00 PM Explore Downtown Lowell: Walking Tours, Canal, Trolley, etc.Hamilton Canal Plaza
Tour participants should meet in the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center Hotel Lobby at 1:45pm
Lowell is recognized worldwide for its extraordinary revitalization since the late 1970s. See the results of our intensive planning and development efforts. Lowell-oriented talks and tours on historic preservation and urban redevelopment projects will be among the topics. Please check off the appropriate box in the registration form if you are interested in participating in this optional event.
5:00 - 7:45 PM Keynote Speech by Adolfo Carrión Jr., former Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs
Followed by dinner, discussion and an overview of Lowell's educational partnerships and their role in the economic development of the city, by Carole Cowan, President of Middlesex Community College & Martin T. Meehan, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
8:00 - 10:00 PM Film & Discussion: A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil
Curitibo Brazil photo
Discussion panelists from the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers: Maristela Tosato & Artist Lineu Zadereski

Friday, June 18th

7:30 - 8:15 AM Conference Check-In & Breakfast
8:15 - 8:30 AM Welcome - Jacqueline F. Moloney, Executive Vice Chancellor,
University of Massachusetts Lowell
8:30 - 10:00 AM First Set of City Presentations
  • 8:30 - 9:30 AM: Lowell
    Panelists: Bernard Lynch, Lowell City Manager; Gary Campbell, President of the Lowell Plan, Inc.; Michael Creasy, Superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park; Jacqueline F. Moloney, Moderator.

  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM: Ann Arbor - Michael Finney, President & CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK
10:00 - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 - 12:15 AM Second Set of City Presentations
  • 10:15 – 10:45 AM: Asheville - Terry Bellamy, Mayor
  • 10:45 – 11:15 AM: Belfast - John McGrillen, Director of Development;
    Alvin McKinley,Director of the Chief Executives' Forum
  • 11:15 - 11:45 AM: Milwaukee - John Norquist, President & CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism
  • 11:45 - 12:15 PM: Portland - Gil Kelley, Urban and Strategic Planning Consultant
12:30 - 1:45 PM Luncheon Keynote Speech: National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Salon A:
Salon B:
Salon C/Jr Ballroom:
Ann Arbor
John Norquist

Topic Areas:
  • Urban Design
  • Zoning Code Reform
  • School Reform in Urban Settings
Terry Bellamy

Topic Areas:
  • Tourism & Creating an Arts Destination
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Health & Wellness
Michael Finney

Topic Areas:
  • Business Innovation
  • Higher-Ed
    Business/Industry Collaborations
  • Economic Development
3:30 - 3:45 PM Break
3:45 - 5:15 PM
Salon A:
Belfast, Ireland
Salon B:
Salon C/Jr Ballroom:
Bobby Hunniford
Alvin McKinley
John McGrillen
Maurice Blease

Topic Areas:
  • Developing Good City Relations
  • Regeneration of the City Center
  • Economic Development & Tourism: Titanic 2012 - A Window to the World
Gil Kelley

Topic Areas:
  • Livability/Smart Growth/Sustainability
  • Power of Good Planning & Implementation
  • Political Value of Regional Government
Adam Baacke
Theresa Park
Peter Aucella
Jim Cook
Jay Linnehan

Topic Areas:
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Historic Preservation
  • Development review and redevelopment planning

Saturday, June 19th

8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast for Conference Attendees
9:00 - 12:00 PM “The Role of Federal Policy in Advancing Innovative Land Re-Use and Sustainability in Mid-Sized Older Industrial Cities”
A Public Forum convened by the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition and the Northeast-Midwest Institute in cooperation with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

Note: Conference speakers and schedule are subject to change. Please check back periodically for updates.