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Make Plans to Attend the Speaker Theater during Annual Conference

Registration Closes Sept. 2

August 24, 2016
Speaker Theater sessions are once again being planned for this year’s Annual Conference & Expo, Oct. 5-7 in Long Beach.
These special sessions, which will be held on the Expo Floor, highlight successful examples of public-private partnerships. Topics feature case studies of innovative projects and programs that have worked in California cities and are presented by elected officials, city staff and industry experts who have found creative solutions to some of the challenging problems that cities face.
Here is a sampling of what will be offered.
Energy Reliability: Understanding the Natural Gas and Electricity Nexus
Presented by Southern California Gas Company 
When the sun isn’t shining, wind isn’t blowing and dams aren’t flowing, natural gas is the safe, reliable and affordable energy that powers California cities. As the state moves toward a 50 percent Renewal Portfolio Standard, natural gas will play an even more important role in the state’s energy system. Learn how natural gas helps keep the lights on in your city by putting the “able” in “renewable.”
Charge Ready: Communities Accessing Charge Stations for Their Electric Vehicles
Presented by PG&E and Southern California Edison
Representatives from PG&E and Southern California Edison will provide an overview of the increased demand for charge stations and the strategy of identifying partners to insure that stations are located in convenient venues. PG&E will outline its proposed program to bring some 25,000 EV stations to public and commercial sites across Northern and Central California, including certain disadvantaged communities. Representatives from Edison will highlight its collaborative approach to working with cities in Southern California to roll out EV charging stations in cities across its service territory. This presentation will also allow for audience to request presentations in their cities with specific opportunities for further detail and dialogue.
Turning Aging and Underutilized City Property into Treasure
Presented by Kronick Moskovitz
Many cities own aging facilities that need to be replaced, or have surface parking lots, maintenance yards, remainder parcels and other properties that are not efficiently used. This panel will explore an innovative public-private partnership between La Habra and homebuilder City Ventures that enabled the city to exchange its aging civic center for an office complex, facilitating a remodeled city hall and an adjacent new home development. Attendees will learn how the deal came together, and how other cities can accomplish their economic development goals and obtain facility upgrades through creative land deal-making.
Improving Public Schools through City Land Use Planning: What is a Charter School?
Presented by California Charter Schools Association
California is home to 1,230 charter public schools serving nearly 10 percent of the public school population in the state. One of the biggest challenges charter schools face is finding a suitable facility. This presentation will focus on how cities can support the improvement of public education through thoughtful land use changes in partnership with charter public schools, and will highlight a case study of the city of San Diego and local charter schools.
Effective Retail Development in a Changing World
Presented by HdL
Retail is in transition. Changing consumer preferences, on-line technology and a shrinking middle class have retailers adapting with smaller stores, evolving concepts and more focused site selection criteria. This session will discuss best practices for attracting retail development in this new environment, achieving tenant mix that is both community appropriate and enhances the tax base, mistakes to avoid and options to consider.
Additional Details
Becoming a speaker in our Speaker Theater requires valid League Partner membership. 
Attending the Speaker Theater requires conference registration, which closes Sept. 2.

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