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Metropolitan Strategies for Addressing Climate Change (Embassy Suites Hotel, Alexandria, Virginia)

Time Description
0900 – 1000

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Virginia Ballroom)

- Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Fairfax, Virginia
- Michael Knapp, Chairman, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington D.C.
- Dr. Bernd Steinacher, Regionaldirektor, Verband Region Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany) and President of METREX
- Honorable Betty Knight, President, National Association of Regional Councils, Commissioner, Platte County, Missouri

1000 – 1100

Keynote Speech/Questions and Answers (Virginia Ballroom)

Neal Peirce (confirmed)
“Mapping the Road Ahead: Metropolitan Regions and Global Climate Change”

1100 – 1215

Panel Discussion – “Strengthening Formal Cooperation Between North American and European Metropolitan Regions” (Virginia Ballroom)

Theme: A free and open discussion to explore mechanisms and institutions to more formally support an active search and testing of innovative climate and energy policies across the Atlantic.

Moderator: Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Fairfax, Virginia

- Tom Wright, Executive Director, Regional Plan Association, New York, New York
- Dr. Rolf-Barnim Foth, Head of Department, State Chancellery, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany
- Dr. Bernd Steinacher, Regionaldirektor, Verband Region Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany) and President of METREX
- Jiten Shah, Executive Director, Green River Area Development District, Owensboro, Kentucky

1215 – 1230

Signing Ceremony for “Declaration”

- Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
- Roger Read, Secretary General, METREX
- Betty Knight, President, National Association of Regional Councils
- Michael Knapp, Chairman, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
- Dr. Bernd Steinacher, Regionaldirektor, Verband Region Stuttgart

1230-1245 BREAK
1245 – 1345

Lunch (Virginia Ballroom)

1345 – 1400 BREAK
1400 - 1600

Concurrent Sessions (Virginia Ballroom)

1) Advancing Economic Development in an Atmosphere of Changing Priorities

Theme: This session will share how U.S. and European regional councils promote sustainable climate and energy policies with positive economic development effects.

Moderator: Jack Steele, Executive Director, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Houston, Texas

- Dr. Rolf-Barnim Foth, Head of Department, State Chancellery, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany. Slides.
- Jim Hassinger, President, Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Commission, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Slides.
- Bob Drewel, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council, Seattle, Washington
- Gabi Engel, Managing Director, Marketing Association of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region, Nuremberg, Germany. Slides.

2) Innovative Transportation Planning – Developing Strategies to Preserve the Economic Lifelines of Your Region

Theme: This panel will share how U.S. and European regional councils promote sustainable climate policies through innovative transportation planning practices on a regional scale.

Moderator: Ron Kirby, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington, D.C.

- Mike McKeever, Executive Director, Sacramento Council of Governments, Sacramento, California. Slides.
- Dr. Jürgen Ludwig, Project Manager Verband Region Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany. Slides.
- Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago, Illinois
- Gunnar Söderholm, Director Environment and Health Administration, Stockholm, Sweden. Slides.

1600 Conclude First Day
1800 Depart Hotel via Bus for Reception at the German Embassy
1830 – 2030 Reception at the German Embassy
2030 Depart German Embassy via Bus for Hotel
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