Railvolution is this country’s premier conference on “building livable communities with transit” and it's in downtown Seattle this year from Oct. 20-23. Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane and Policy and Communications Director Gloria Ohland will stage a “talk show” on the lessons learned about winning — and losing — transit funding initiatives, which are helping to fund the metropolitan revolution that Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley write about in: The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy. The panel is entitled “Friends of Transit” Winners and the Rest,” on Monday at 10 a.m. Denny is the talk show host, and guests include:

•      Mark Sharpe, Hillsborough County, FL, Commissioner
•      Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County, MN, Commissioner
•      Bob Murphy, Mayor of Lakewood, CO
•      Lane Beattie, CEO of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce
•      Jason Jordan, Executive Director, Center for Transportation Excellence
•      Carolyn Flowers, General Manager of Charlotte Area Transit System
•      David Yale, Executive Officer in LA Metro’s Countywide Planning and Development Department
•      Rob Johnson, Transportation Choices Coalition, Seattle

Monday afternoon Denny is on a panel to discuss the roles of community-based organizations in shaping transit-oriented development, as well as in building support for transit funding and financing initiatives. Denny will discuss “Innovative Federal Financing Leveraging Local Resources and Partnerships.” The panel, named “The Many Faces of Advocacy,” is Monday at 2 p.m.

On Tuesday Gloria moderates a panel on how demographics are changing the way we build transit and neighborhoods around stations, which includes a case study of Boston's Green Line extension through neighborhoods where 92% of riders will walk or bike to stations. Also discussed will be the paradigm shift from owning to sharing — cars, houses and office space. The panel is "Demographic Driven Demand," Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Tuesday evening Gloria braves the prospect of Railvolution’s renown Pecha Kucha Slam from 7:30-9:30 p.m., where she will argue — using 20 PPT slides of 20 seconds each —  that the federal government ought to incentivize the metropolitan revolution that Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley write about in order to get our economy bumpin’ again.

Move LA Deputy Director Beth Steckler will join Denny and Gloria at a “conference within a conference” staged by Living Cities, Enterprise Community Partners, and the Low Income Investment Fund. Living Cities, LIIF and Enterprise are dedicated to connecting low-income people to opportunity, and to taking advantage of the momentum generated by large-scale investments in transit. Living Cities is a national consortium of 22 financial institutions and foundations that invest in regions to strengthen their economies through collective impact, capital investment and public sector innovation. This conference is to help the consortium learn more about the work and needs in regions and cities in the west.

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