Churchhill Downs KentuckyNCSL Transportation Committee Pre-Conference on Livability Agenda(As of July 16, 2010) 

NCSL 2010 Legislative Summit
Kentucky International Convention Center, Room 101, Level 1
1:00 – 5:30 p.m., Sunday July 25th

Day 1, July 25, 2010

 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Senator Scott Dibble, Minnesota, Chair of the NCSL Transportation Committee.

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Keynote address

Myron Orfield, Brookings Institute Senior Fellow. Mr. Orfield is a former state legislator that has been actively involved in livability issues for the past few decades. He will discuss how livable communities can increase medical, transportation, housing, and employment choices, the importance of regional planning, and what livability can mean and look like for rural areas. He’ll also touch on livable communities’ role in the sustainable use of natural and public resources, including; farmland preservation, energy efficiency, efficient use of state and local government dollars and services, reduced reliance on foreign oil, etc. 

1:45 pm - 2:05 pm 

Expanding Transportation Choices

James Corless, Director of Transportation for America, will explain how livable communities can help expand transportation choices, such as: transit, bicycling, car-sharing, streetcars, bus rapid transit, etc. Corless will explore the benefits of such choices, their appropriate uses and settings, and how they can complement existing transportation systems. He’ll also touch on how the transportation re-authorization may increase funding for certain modes and planning.

2:05 pm - 3:00 pm  

Panel Roundtable and Discussion on the HUD-DOT-EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities

On June 16, 2009, the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) joined with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide. Through a set of guiding livability principles and a partnership agreement that will guide the agencies' efforts, this partnership will coordinate federal housing, transportation, and other infrastructure investments to protect the environment, promote equitable development, and help to address the challenges of climate change.

  • DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary Beth Osborne
  • EPA Office of Smart Growth Director John Frece
  • HUD Senior Adviser Salin Geevarghese
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm  Question and Answer
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm  BREAK
3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Livability’s Role in Serving a Changing America 

Jed Johnson with Easter Seals Project ACTION and the National Center on Senior Transportation will speak on demographic trends of those over 65, and persons with disabilities. He’ll highlight the policies needed to ensure mobility and accessibility to services needed by these groups.

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm

Building One of America’s Largest New Transit Systems: Lessons from Utah

Rep. Greg Hughes and Bruce Jones, General Counsel, Utah Transit Authority (UTA). Rep. Hughes is a member of UTA’s board and is focused on getting a good return on the investment in transit systems. UTA has overseen one of the largest transit system expansions in the nation, including light-rail and bus rapid transit. UTA and the state legislature have worked successfully to expand transit-oriented development as well.

4:20 pm - 4:40 pm 

The Role of Transit Agencies and Livability

Barry Barker, The Transit Authority of River City (TARC – Louisville’s transit agency). Mr. Barker is vice-chair of government affairs for the American Public Transportation Association, and is well-read and respected on livability issues. He will speak on TARC’s initiatives to integrate transit with other modes, the challenges of planning across state lines (TARC serves part of Indiana as well), Louisville’s projects for a multi-modal transit center, and how state legislatures and transit agencies can complement each other.

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm 

Minnesota’s Central Corridor Funders Collaborative

Jonathon Sage-Martinson will discuss the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and Learning Network. Envisioned as a 10-year initiative, it is comprised of local and national foundations dedicated to working to create transformation along the Central Corridor’s new light rail transit line. This groundbreaking initiative intends to foster the development of stable, healthy, walkable, diverse neighborhoods that support and link all people to regional opportunities, reflect community identities, and benefit both existing and future residents.

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm  

Question and Answer

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm