23rd Annual Building Livable Communities Conference for Local Elected Officials
Conference Details | Agenda
Join us in Yosemite Valley for this popular and informative conference for local elected officials. We will hear from dynamic speakers and leading experts who will discuss innovative solutions for increasing self-reliance and implementing smart growth strategies in a time of dwindling state and federal support.
Growing environmental, economic, health and equity concerns underline the critical need to go from planning and visioning to getting real projects in the ground. Communities across California are responding to this need for action and developing innovative programs.
This year’s conference will focus on communities that are:
- Using new technology to transform local services and empower citizens. From parking to public safety, cities are working with the public to improve their communities.
- Building from within by fostering local businesses and enhancing existing commercial corridors. Cities are taking steps to reduce regulatory barriers and start-up costs. To turn around underperforming corridors, they are catalyzing private investment through practical tipping-point initiatives ranging from traffic calming to façade programs.
- Saving residents money while reducing resources. The conference will highlight efforts like Windsor’s “Pay as You Save” water-conservation program and the Los Angeles Cool City initiative which includes a new requirement that all new and refurbished homes have a “cool roof”, the first major city to take this step.
- Pursuing innovative land use, transportation and financing strategies. Speakers will discuss sales-tax measures to increase transit and smart planning to preserve existing land use and transportation infrastructure investments.
- Revolutionizing the way we view food. From farm to fork to fuel, some communities are going beyond supporting local food movements to power buildings and vehicles by converting food waste into energy.
We will also be joined by regional and statewide leaders who will talk about the opportunities and threats communities will face with a changing California landscape from new demographics and rethinking current funding models to high-speed rail and cap and trade. More details are available on the agenda.
Don’t miss this inspirational event, and stay ahead of the pack by taking home new insights and innovative ideas!
This conference sells out every year because attendees say the format is uniquely structured to combine fresh ideas with hands-on discussion of how to implement them. The main conference program begins at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 14th, and continues through noon on Sunday. We encourage you to bring your family, attend the pre-conference session on Thursday evening, and use the session breaks to ski, hike, skate or just enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite in the winter.
A pre-conference session will be held in the Ahwahnee Hotel on Thursday evening, March 13.
The full program begins the evening of March 14 and continues through Sunday March 16 at noon. As always, there will be free time on Saturday afternoon for enjoying the winter beauty of Yosemite Valley. Please join us for one of the most exciting events of the year, held in one of the world’s most beautiful locations!
|2013 Conference Rates|
|Local Government Commission (LGC) Member||$275|
|Non-Local Government Commission Member||$320|
|Adult Guest (ages 13+)||$159|
|Child Guest (ages 3-12)||$60|
Registration fees for participants and guests will include all refreshment breaks, Saturday continental breakfast, box lunch and buffet dinner, and Sunday continental breakfast, plus all conference sessions and materials. A pre-conference session will be held on Thursday, March 14.
Space is still available to register for the pre-conference session.
Lodging Deadline: February 10, 2014
Lodging is not included in the registration fee. It is highly recommended that you secure your lodging before registering for the conference. Demand for rooms in Yosemite this time of year is always high.
The LGC has rooms at the Yosemite Lodge and the Ahwahnee Hotel. You can use the Yosemite Concession Services Corp. Reservation Request Form (PDF) to reserve your lodging. Check the form for group rates. Lodging reservations are also available on-line. Go to http://www.yosemitepark.com/Reservations.aspx to make a reservation, and be sure to enter the group code 1404DD. (Note: A dollar is automatically added to the online room rate for the Yosemite Fund, however you can opt out when you check in).
In order to help reduce costs, we can work with you try and find a roommate for the conference. If you are interested, please contact Erin Hauge at erin ‘AT’ lgc ‘DOT’ org. We will do our best to assist you in this regard although we cannot guarantee we will find a match.
You can also visit the Lodging Guide for Yosemite National Park to learn more about the accommodations.
- All individual guest rooms must be canceled 7 days prior to arrival to receive a full refund.
- All no shows and early departures will be charged to the contracted nightly rate for each night reserved.
- All guests will be required to check-in and provide a credit card or cash deposit for incidentals.
- Check-in at the Ahwahnee is at 4:00 PM and check-out is at 12:00 PM.
- Check-in at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is at 5:00 PM and check-out is at 11:00 AM.
Getting There and Getting Around in Yosemite
Please note: There is a $20.00 entrance fee per vehicle collected by the National Park Service at park entrance stations.
The weather in Yosemite Valley during March is very unpredictable; we recommend that you phone (209) 372-0200 (press 1, then 1) for road and weather information prior to your arrival. Once you are in the park, we highly recommend that you leave your vehicle in the parking lot and take advantage of the Yosemite Valley Shuttle bus. The buses are free and operate daily at 20-30 minute intervals from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Driving directions are available at: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/driving.htm
Bicycle rentals in the valley are available during the warmer months, but may not be available at the time of the conference.
For a map of Yosemite National Park, go to: http://www.nationalparkreservations.com/yosemitemap.htm
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