F.O.C.U.S. ON SUSTAINABILITY CONGRESS FOR NEW URBANISM’S NEW YORK REGIONAL SUMMIT OCTOBER 18 & 19

WHEN: Friday Oct. 18, late afternoon reception and tour – Saturday Oct. 19, all day discussions
WHERE: Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at the Oncenter, 800 S. State Street; Syracuse

TOPIC: Please join the Congress for the New Urbanism’s New York State Chapter for its Regional Summit in Syracuse. This summit will address the relationship of urban planning to urgent economic development topics in Central New York. It will cover regional issues that affect villages and towns throughout Central New York as well as topics specific to the City of Syracuse. Visit CNUNewYork.org for updates. F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, the American Institute of Architects CNY Chapter and the Home Builders and Remodelers of Central New York are pleased to be cosponsors for this event.

Morning Sessions:
• Summary of urban design components including mixed-use development, context sensitive transportation, form-based codes and tactical urbanism
• How the needs of seniors and millennials are converging in city neighborhoods

Lunch & Keynote Speaker

Afternoon Sessions:
• How community planning can transform our region
• How Syracuse region stakeholders will affect the future of I-81
• How agriculture is reviving New York State’s classic villages

Conference attendees are invited to join CNU for a tour of the Armory District and cocktails on October 18, Friday afternoon.
The sessions will be addressing topics that F.O.C.U.S. believes will be of interest to most its members: urban design, the merging needs of seniors and millenials in city neighborhoods, community planning and transformation, agriculture’s role in village revivals, and the future of I-81. John Norquist former mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and now leads CNU, will be speaking on I-81 and its impact on our community. Norquist’s legacy in Milwaukee includes a decline in poverty, a boom in downtown housing, reforms in both education and welfare, and the removal of the Park East Freeway, the largest highway ever purposely destroyed.
Many of you have spent the better part of the last year helping F.O.C.U.S. look at the issues of “Smart Growth” throughout Central New York. This Regional Summit gives you a chance to hear from subject matter experts. Even if you have not had an interest in Smart Growth, by being part of the F.O.C.U.S. family you have shown your desire in being informed about the issues our communities face. Attending this Summit will give you greater insight and understanding into those issues — and what we can expect in the near future. Early bird registration (up until Sept. 18) is $50 or if you wait until the last minute, tickets will be $60.
For further information, contact F.O.C.U.S. at focus@syrgov.net or 315-448-8732 or visit www.focussyracuse.org.