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Congress of cities host city mobile workshops.

The 2005 Congress of Cities and Exposition will feature mobile workshops demonstrating the comprehensive and innovative approaches the Charlotte region has taken to improve its quality of life. These workshops will provide an opportunity for attendees to garner tangible ideas and tools to implement in their own cities and towns.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 9:00 a.m.-noon

Transit Oriented Development in Charlotte's South End: Private Investment and Public Policy Spur Revitalization

Learn how Charlotte's approach to transit planning has transformed the Historic South End District into one of Charlotte's most dynamic real estate markets Three light rail stations, along with trolley service, will soon serve this district.

Come and experience the urban renaissance of South End, which has now become a major mixed-use district with urban residential, entertainment and employment, with an emerging strong design focus Hear from community leaders about Charlotte's transit station principles, zoning regulations, and the range of implementation and infrastructure activities.

Community Policing: The Impact of Neighborhood Action Teams

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has transitioned from the traditional model of policing to community based problem-oriented policing. This philosophical shift has actualized the department's mission of preventing crime through community-based problem solving. Learn how service providers and community stakeholders have impacted the Grier Heights community through collaborative partnerships known as "Neighborhood Action Teams."

Participants will hear first-hand from police, city service providers and community leaders who were instrumental in leading the charge in the revitalization of the Grier Heights community.

Leaving the Lights on in Your Downtown: How Public Investments Can Stimulate Round-the-Clock Activity

Charlotte's uptown is undergoing a dramatic transformation from a sleepy Southern banking town where the sidewalks rolled up at night into a vibrant and memorable place to live, work and play at all hours of the day and night. Learn how elected officials have partnered with community leaders to make strategic investments in Charlotte's Center City to fuel private sector growth and development.

Participants will learn about the most significant investments that the City has made in residential, educational, sports and tourism development in the past decade, and see first hand the dramatic return on these investments Participants will talk with visionaries and community leaders who were instrumental in leading the charge to downtown revitalization.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Growing Greener." Priority Planning for Open Space and Greenways

While Charlotte's growth has been dramatic over the last two decades, Mecklenburg County has instituted a progressive land banking and greenway program to protect open space. Learn how elected officials have supported this open space initiative by exploring both urban and suburban greenways. Strategic floodplain investments in Charlotte's Center City and planned greenway development have led to private investments featuring the greenway as an amenity.

Participants will visit several greenways and learn about construction, partnerships to increase funding options, linkages with community institutions and future design and development challenges Participants will talk with community leaders, consultants and professional staff who are instrumental in leading the greenway program.

Behind the Checkered Flag: The Economics of NASCAR

For racing fans, the Charlotte region is home to more than 80 percent of the Nextel Cup NASCAR racing teams and is the undisputed home of stock car racing. It's a cluster of industries that brings more than $3 billion annually to the local economy. Learn from local experts the benefits of industry clusters and how motorsports fits into the region's overall economic development strategy.

Participants will visit Lowe's Motor Speedway and get a behind-the-scenes look at the local headquarters of a NASCAR race team.

Transit Oriented Development in Charlotte's South End: Private Investment and Public Policy Spur Revitalization

(See description above)

Big Ideas in Small Towns." Smart Growth and New Urbanism in Action

Drive just minutes north of bustling Charlotte, and you'll find yourself immersed in the heart of small town America, where three award-winning small towns successfully carved out their niche and continue to thrive in the shadow of the big city. Participants will visit the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville to meet local officials and learn valuable lessons on employing Smart Growth ideas and New Urbanism concepts.

First, a drive through Cornelius will showcase how recent streetscape improvements and new public facilities have re-energized a historic main street corridor. Next, participants will learn about how Davidson has become a champion for affordable housing with its award winning Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO), and explore interesting New Urbanism design concepts for commercial projects and neighborhoods Finally, participants will be enthralled with a visit to the Town of Huntersville, and the enormously successful mixed use main street center called Birkdale Village. A walk through this development will highlight a mix of apartments and offices above boutiques, restaurants, and national retailers

Thursday, December 8, 2005 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Behind the Checkered Flag: The Economics of NASCAR

(See description above)

The Making of a Small Town Downtown: Two Towns, Two Approaches

Small towns carry a mystique and energy all their own, and across the United States, elected officials of small towns are working hard to bring back investment and activity to their downtowns. Promising unique retail, friendly streets and that ever-elusive "small town feel," the end game is very much the same: to create a vibrant, liveable and memorable place to work and live. This is a tale of two towns.

Participants will first visit Mint Hill, a small town incorporated in 1971 without the advantage of a distinct business district and see how elected officials have recently taken ambitious steps to build a downtown from the ground up. Participants also will visit the Town of Matthews, a historic rail depot that has recently begun to enjoy the fruits of its 1980's downtown revitalization initiative. Participants are sure to see reflections of their own downtowns in these two compelling stories

The Upside of Affordable Housing." One Town's Strategy for Success

Davidson's affordable housing project has won national awards from the Fannie Mae Foundation and state recognition from the N.C. Housing Finance Agency. Its innovative approach includes joint partnerships with local banks and agencies and its design process involves residents, developers and planners

The Bungalows has fulfilled a real need for affordable rental housing in Davidson, while blending well with the town's architecture. Davidson and the Davidson Housing Coalition created an opportunity to redefine affordable rental housing and have set a new national standard for excellence. Through careful design and quality craftsmanship, the project has created a wave of improvements through neighboring homes and businesses and set an example for other cities and towns

Friday, December 9, 2005 1:30p.m-5:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy: We're All A bout Making Neighborhoods Better

Charlotte has received national and international recognition for how it improves neighborhoods, Learn about the City's approach to revitalization including collaborative efforts planning, affordable housing, infrastructure improvements, working with neighborhood organizations and governmental coordination. This mobile workshop will examine the approach, collaboration among local agencies and offer a tour of some revitalization neighborhoods Participants will learn how the City identifies revitalization neighborhoods, how organizations work together to bring about change and how they measure SUCCESS.

Leaving the Lights on in Your Downtown: How Public Investments Can Stimulate Round-the-Clock Activity

(See description above)

Mobile workshops are designed as a leaning experience for local officials and complimentary to paid full conference registrants Spouses may attend a mobile workshop only on a space available basis at the time of bus boarding. Please do not register a spouse for a mobile workshop. The city of Charlotte is providing spouse/guest opportunities through spouse/guest tours

To learn more about the Congress of Cities and to register online visit the Conference and Events section of the NLC website at
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Title Annotation:Congress of Cities and Exposition
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Calendar
Geographic Code:1U5NC
Date:Sep 26, 2005
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