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UCR Blakely Center Conference to Explore Regional Teamwork

State Treasurer Phil Angelides is Keynote Speaker at Friday’s Gathering

(January 25, 2006)

Phil Angelides

Phil Angelides

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- A conference titled “The New Collaborative Region: Suburbs and Cities Working on the Future,” set for Friday, Jan. 27, at the Radisson San Bernardino Hotel and Convention Center, will put the emphasis on regional cooperation in addressing joint problems such as smog and crowded freeways.

The featured speaker will be state Treasurer Phil Angelides. Organizers say the daylong event, hosted by UC Riverside’s Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, will focus on how suburbs and cities are finding new ways to craft partnerships, build infrastructure, spur economic development and develop environmental, social and educational programs.

This year’s conference will feature speakers from around the country describing successful regional initiatives in their areas. Other speakers will look at the involvement of private-sector groups and the issues that arose as heralded regional planning efforts reached the implementation stage.

Conference planners say they hope to encourage lively discussion among their target audience, which includes elected officials, city, county and regional staff members, developers, members of community groups, academics, architects and consultants across the real estate, planning and development industries.

Registration for the conference, which begins at 8 a.m. Friday and includes a luncheon, costs $150. For more information, call (951) 827-7830 or visit

8-8:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
8:30-9 a.m.: Greetings from Jim Lents, Director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at UC Riverside and Ali Sahabi, President of the SE Corporation.
9-10:30 a.m.: Transportation, Land Use and Regional Collaboration: National. Chair, Robert Lang, Director, Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech
Theme setter, Robert Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association, New York City. “Regional Planning in the Aftermath of 9/11.”
Robert Grow, Director, Envision Utah, “Implementing regional plans”
David Bragdon, President, Metro Council, Portland, Oregon, “Keeping the Focus for Decades”
Question and answer period
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Transportation, Land Use and Regional Collaboration: California. Theme Setter, Edward J. Blakely, University of Sydney
Jesse Brown, Executive Director, Merced County Association of Governments, “Creating Public involvement in the regional planning process.”
Doug Henton — President, Collaborative Economics, Silicon Valley, “The private-public partnership’s regional role.”
Mike McKeever, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, “Orchestrating the regional effort.”
Question and answer period
12:30-2 p.m. Luncheon speaker
California State Treasurer Phil Angelides
2:15-3:45 p.m.
Transportation, Land Use and Regional Collaboration: Southern California.
Chair, Mark Pisano, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments
Theme Setter, Tridib Banerjee, USC
Rick Bishop, Executive Director, Western Riverside Council of Governments, “Generating transportation dollars locally.”
Stan Oftelie, Past President, Orange County Business Council, “The role of the private sector.”
Question and answer period

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