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CrossOver — Urban Water, Urban Energy, Urban Transport: Lessons Learned from Multiple Cities

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The conference’s primary purpose is to engage urban-focused leaders from multiple sectors in joint action: to identify new opportunities for cities to transform their municipal services and their critical urban infrastructure. Addressing the biggest challenges that lay ahead will require accelerating cross-sectoral learning within and between 21st century cities. The organizers and sponsors believe that NOW is the best time for this debate, given the intensifying debate about the huge scale (and hidden costs) associated with deferred investments. Participating leaders will help to rethink how cities learn, and how city leaders exchange knowledge between and among each other, across different disciplines and sectors. Confirmed participants include executives from Microsoft, Macquarie Bank, US National Assn. of Clean Water Agencies, Urban Sustainability Directors Network.


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5:45 p.m.
Orientation & Overview of Accommodations

6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

Welcome to The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

  • Roger C. Dower, President, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

Welcome and Introductions

7:30 p.m.

9:00 p.m. 
Evening Hospitality

7:30-8:45 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet

9:00 A.M

Opening Remarks

  • Blair Ruble, Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory, and Vice President for Programs, Wilson Center
  • Molly Mayo, Partner, the Meridian Institute

9:15 a.m.

Panel and Discussion 1: The Transformational Potential of Public-Private Partnerships for Urban Infrastructure

  • Drew Murphy, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, Inc.
  • Scott Stallard, Vice President, Advanced Technology/Solutions Development for Power Generation, Water, and Smart Cities; Director, Smart Analytics, Smart Integrated Infrastructure, Black & Veatch
  • Julie Kim, Global Projects Center, Stanford; Sr. Fellow, New Cities Foundation

Key Question:

Some advocates for new approaches to urban infrastructure think that PPPs (in energy, water, transport) are unlikely to succeed because the fundamentals are not addressed in a PPP format. How and when can a transaction between government and private sector be transformational?


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10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

Panel and Discussion 2: Governance Frameworks for Urban Sustainability

  • Nils Moe, Managing Director, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Berkeley
  • Melanie Nutter, Meeting of the Minds and Former Director of Environment, San Francisco

Key Question:

Is achieving urban sustainability going to require a radical departure from the ways that local governments are structured and operate?


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12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

Panel and Discussion 3: Strategies for Flexible Urban Infrastructure

  • Ken Kirk, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), DC
  • Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director, Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Key Question:

Water system investments require decades; infrastructure systems are designed to be solid and long-lasting. Does that fact make it more difficult for water utilities to adapt to the new realities of the 21st century, where data-driven decisions could and should be helping systems adapt to big shifts (e.g., the altered financial landscape; climate change)?


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2:45 p.m.

Panel and Discussion 4: Big Data, Big Benefits?

  • Marc Collins, Senior Principal Consultant, Itron Co
  • Scott Mauvais, Director of Civic Innovation, Microsoft

Key Question:

What’s really at the heart of the data-powered breakthroughs reshaping the delivery of vital urban services such as energy, water, or transport? Does it mean more opportunities or better outcomes for one or more of the key actors: the consumer / citizen? The utility? The government regulator?


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4:00 p.m.

4:15-5:00 p.m.

Group Discussion

6:00 p.m.
Hospitality And Optional Tour at Wingspread

6:30 p.m.

8:00 p.m.
Evening Hospitality

7:30-8:45 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet

9:00 a.m.

Panel and Discussion 5: Engaging Urban Citizens

  • Charles Rutheiser, Senior Associate, Center for Community and Economic Opportunity, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Jim Waring, Chairman, Cleantech San Diego

Key Question:

Successfully changing public policy is made difficult by many forces. One of them is the fact that public policy-making is such a messy business. At which levels, and in which ways, are you seeing signs that citizens are engaging? Are they no longer as content as they once were to remain passive consumers of services? Are larger institutions (such as utilities and government regulators) going to have to relate in new ways to a more ‘activated citizen’?

10:15 a.m.

Discussion: Policy Implications and Actionable Ideas

  • Mark “Puck” Mykleby, Colonel, USMC (Retired), and Founding Co-director, Strategic Innovation Lab, Case Western Reserve University


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11:15 a.m.

Wrap Up and Conclusions

12:00 p.m.
Lunch Buffet

1:00 p.m.
Adjourn And Departures


The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread Conference Center
33 East Four Mile Road
Racine, WI 53402 United States
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