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Regional Summit 2011                            Friday, October 28, 2011

Breakout Work Sessions

The Regional Summit’s morning work sessions focus on steps the region must take to achieve the vision described in North Texas 2050. All of the sessions are designed for maximum engagement and impact:

  • They all offer participants ‘hands-on’ experience or direct involvement in the region’s efforts to achieve this vision – none of them are designed so participants are members of a passive audience listening to a panel of speakers.
  • Each of the six sessions is interdisciplinary, integrating more than one technical or professional area of interest and expertise.
  • All sessions are action-oriented. By the end of the session, participants and leaders should reach agreement on recommended next steps or priorities for action in 2012.

All work sessions occur at the same time, so participants must select the session that is most appealing or relevant to them. There will not be a ‘reporting’ session to discuss these results during the Regional Summit. Results will be posted online and shared with all Summit attendees and other regional leaders. They will be used by the Vision North Texas Management Committee to establish the work plan for 2012.

Break Out Sessions

Work Session 1.    Learning from Local Success

Vision North Texas believes in learning from experience.  This is particularly important when changing market demands and limited resources mean that development and investment must break from ‘business as usual’ approaches.   Fortunately, the North Texas region contains many neighborhoods, communities and development projects that provide successful examples of new ways to accommodate the market demands of the future. Vision North Texas assembled a set of Online Case Studies as part of the partnership’s evaluation of alternative futures in 2009.  Now, the set of case studies has been expanded and the information on each project has been greatly expanded.  Join this session to ‘test drive’ the newly-updated case studies and define the next steps in sharing local best practices.

Learning from Local Success

Session Leaders

  • The Urban Land Institute North Texas District Council’s Sustainability Committee
  • The University of Texas at Arlington Center for Metropolitan Density

Work Session 2.    Tracking – and Predicting – Progress

Learning from Local SuccessThe things that get measured are the things that get done.  While there is great support for the vision expressed in North Texas 2050, it’s important that action by regional stakeholders actually achieves this vision.  A set of indicators – quantitative or qualitative measures that allow the region to track its progress – is needed so decision-makers can understand the cumulative impacts of many specific decisions.  Indicators also may be predictive, giving investors and designers a way to make choices that are more likely to achieve this preferred future.  In this work session, brainstorming and dialogue will identify indicators that are relevant, credible, useful and practical.  The session will recommend ways for North Texas to select indicators, identify baseline values, collect information and assess outcomes.

Session Leaders

  • The University of Texas at Arlington Center for Metropolitan Density
  • Vision North Texas Health Research Team
  • North Texas Housing Coalition

Work Session 3.    Sustainable Economic Growth

Economic growth is really about people – the people who live in North Texas or will live here in the future.  Their education, skills, training and interests shape the region’s labor force and determine whether employers choose to locate here.  The region’s appeal to key groups of people, like those in the “creative class”, is particularly important to the region’s ability to succeed in the global competition to attract and retain companies.  This session will begin with the big ideas shared in Richard Florida’s keynote presentation.  It will explore the connections between economic opportunity, education, quality of life and global competitiveness.

Session Leaders

  • The University of Texas at Arlington School of Urban & Public Affairs
  • The University of Texas at Arlington Center for Metropolitan Density
  • The University of Texas at Arlington School of Education & Health Professions
  • North Texas Commission

Work Session 4.    Places People Love

Mixed Use Centers MapWhat is it about places like the Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Southlake Town Square, downtown McKinney and Fort Worth’s Near Southside District that appeals to people? What are the dynamics that keep people coming back year after year?  North Texas 2050 recognizes that ‘Mixed Use Centers’ like these are a vital part of the region’s future.  During the past year, a regional dialogue has identified mixed use centers throughout the North Texas area.  Stakeholders and experts have also debated the ingredients that make these centers successful over time and the strategies and tools that can help a property owner or municipality plan, build and operate them.  Participants in this ‘hands-on’ session will explore the Mixed Use Centers web pages and set priorities for actions in 2012 to enhance and support the success of such centers throughout North Texas.

Session Leaders

  • The Urban Land Institute North Texas District Council’s Sustainability Committee
  • The University of Texas at Arlington Center for Metropolitan Density
  • North Central Texas Council of Governments Environment & Development Department

Work Session 5.    Resilience for a Changing Region

The research conducted by the Vision North Texas partnership over the past several years leads to one clear conclusion – the future of North Texas will not be like the past.  The characteristics of people and households will be different.  The ability to expand the road and water systems (and other infrastructure) will be constrained by limited financial resources.  Changing weather patterns suggest more extreme drought and more flooding due to severe storms.  And technology is continually changing the ways people communicate and do business.  In this session, discussion of recent research will lead to recommendations about ways to make North Texas more resilient and adaptable in the face of change.

Session Leaders

  • North Central Texas Council of Governments Research & Information Services Department
  • The University of Texas at Arlington School of Urban & Public Affairs
  • North Texas Housing Coalition

Work Session 6.    Environment & Infrastructure

In the preferred future described by Vision North Texas stakeholders, the region’s natural assets create value and enjoyment for residents; they also provide infrastructure benefits.  Achieving this vision requires new tools for identifying and managing these natural assets.  Work this year has produced just such a tool – a ‘greenprint’ – for the Lake Arlington and Lake Lewisville watersheds.  Also, continuing sustainable development initiatives provide a better understanding of the role transportation systems play in sustainable community design.  Participants in this session will work with the new interactive greenprint tools and the information they contain.  Dialogue will focus on the role these tools can play in major transportation and capital facility projects, as well as on the role these major projects should play in creating sustainable neighborhoods and revitalization.

Session Leaders

  • North Central Texas Council of Governments Environment & Development Department
  • North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department

Greenprinting

 

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