The 2013 Heartland Active Transportation Summit: Parking for Livable Communities is hosted in cooperation with the City of Omaha, Metro (Omaha transit authority), the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), and a host of active transportation & health advocates.
The conference will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Swanson Conference Center at the Omaha Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts building.
Research by academic scholars like Dr. Richard Jackson have said, “how we design the built environment may hold tremendous potential for addressing many of the nation’s greatest current public health concerns, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, injury, depression, violence, and social inequities.” Or simply put our built environment plays an important role and has tremendous health implications for our community. Parking is often overlooked, yet, at the same time, makes up some of the most contested spaces in any city. Recent media articles point to this dichotomy and suggest that understanding parking is an important task for cities. These news stories suggest that parking often comes at a premium, for instance a parking space sold for over $80,000 in San Francisco while a pair of spaces auctioned for $560,000 in Boston. Understanding parking and its effects on city form is essential to creating vibrant, livable communities conducive to active transportation.
This year’s conference will feature two keynotes. Casey Jones, renowned parking expert, will deliver a morning keynote on the science of parking including new technologies and breakthroughs in understanding. The lunch keynote address will be given by renowned city planner Jeff Speck. Speck’s most recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time examines the conditions that make cities thrive.
We have an impressive lineup of speakers representing the fields of parking and livability both locally and from around the nation. Over the course of the day, we will learn the art and science behind parking requirements and how they help or hinder communities in transforming public space and livable communities. We will also learn how other communities have overcome challenges to achieve success and how we can apply those concepts locally.
Register between now and September 13th to take advantage of early bird rates! Individual early bird tickets are $50, with a discounted student rate of $20 (proof of status required upon check-in at the event), and a special group rate of $250 for groups of up to eight. Register online at http://hats.mapacog.org/
HATS Planning Committee
Heartland Active Transportation Summit 2013: Parking for Livable Communities
Friday, September 27, 2013
Swanson Conference Center, Institute for Culinary Arts
Metropolitan Community College - Fort Omaha Campus
5300 N 30th St, Bldg 22
Omaha, NE 68111