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Partner Event/Building the 21st Century City II: Plan to Live in the City – Akron Symposium

October 18, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Knight Center
77 East Mill Street
Akron, OH 44308 United States
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Building the 21st Century City II:
Plan to Live in the City

Akron Symposium

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ULI Cleveland and the City of Akron have compiled a panel of experts – Jeff Speck, Donovan Rypkema, Ed McMahon, and Brent Wesley to lead the discussion on how to achieve the goal set by Mayor Dan Horrigan of 250,000 city inhabitants by 2050.

Co-sponsors of Plan to Live in the City:

City of Akron • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland • Knight Foundation • ULI Cleveland • ULI Foundation


Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, Honorary ASLA
Principal, Speck & Associates LLC

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive.  Read more.

Donovan Rypkema


Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of Place Economics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm.  The firm specialized in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures.  In 2004 Rypkema established Heritage Strategies International to provide similar services to world-wide clients. Rypkema has worked with communities in 49 States, 9 Canadian Provinces, and 40 countries.  He is the author of numerous articles and publications as well as a book, The Economics of Historic Preservation:  A Community Leader’s Guide which has been translated into Russian and Korean. Rypkema holds a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, served on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust of Historic Preservation and the Boards of Directors of the North Capital Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Washington Council of Agencies.

Ed McMahon
Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute

Ed McMahon holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC where he is nationally known as an inspiring and thought provoking speaker and leading authority on economic development and land use polices and trends. As the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development McMahon leads ULI’s worldwide efforts to conduct research and educational activities related to environmentally sensitive development policies and practices. He is also Chairman of the Board of the National Main Street Center and a Senior Advisor to ULI’s Healthy Places Initiative. Before joining the Urban Land Institute in 2004, McMahon spent 14 years as the Vice President and Director of Land Use Programs for The Conservation Fund, where he helped to protect more than 5 million acres of land of historic or natural significance. He is also the co-founder and former President of Scenic America, a national non-profit organization devoted to protecting America’s scenic landscapes. Before that, he taught law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center for 9 years, and served in the U.S. Army, both at home and abroad.

Brent Ian Wesley
Founder, Akron Honey Company

Brent Ian Wesley is a 2004 graduate of Kent State University, entrepreneur and founder of the Akron Honey Company. He is motivated by other people’s welfare and improving the places around him which allowed him to be included in a group of community leaders assembled by the Knight Foundation to study Detroit’s revitalization projects. From that experience Wesley implemented “activating spaces” a premise by which the Akron Honey Company had been created, taking abandoned, neglected space and creating a thriving business that expands from Highland Square to Middlebury. Read more.

4 for 4 – Continuing Education Credits (4 Hours, pending):

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Ohio Division of Real Estate (RE)

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
American Institute of Certified Planners/American Planning Association (AICP/APA)

Event Pricing

                               Member               Non-Member
Private Sector:          $75                          $100
Public Sector:           $40                           $ 55
Young Leader:          $35                           $ 50
Student:                    $35                           $ 50
$10 discount for registrations made by 8/31/17

Additional $20 to registrations made after Monday 10/16/17

Register online or download a registration form.
Problems registering?
Contact the ULI Cleveland Office at 440.899.0010

ULI Cleveland Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Forest City Realty Trust • RSM US LLP • Thompson Hine LLP

Silver Sponsors
Baker Hostetler • Benesch • KeyBank Real Estate Capital • Maloney + Novotny LLC • PNC Bank • Walter | Haverfield LLP

Bronze Sponsors
Ariel Ventures • Associated Bank • Barnes Wendling CPAs, Inc. • Baywater Capital Partners LTD • Beegan Architectural Design • Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP • CBRE • Cohen & Company • Dollar Bank • Fairmount Properties LLC • First American Title Insurance Company • First Commonwealth Bank • First Interstate Properties, Ltd. • Flagship Properties LLC •  HW&Co. • Legacy Capital Partners • Sleggs, Danzinger & Gill Co., LPA

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