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AARP Livable Communities National Conference — 2017 Dallas, Texas

This conference is for anyone who believes communities should be designed for a lifetime and wants to improve the community where they live. We'll be gathering November 14-16. Join us by registering today!

The 5th Annual AARP Livable Communities National Conference provides the foremost opportunity for hundreds of elected officials, planning professionals, local leaders and community advocates from throughout the nation to share ideas, best practices and solutions for making towns, cities and communities more livable for people of all ages.

We’ve moved our annual livability gathering to a larger venue so — for the first time ever — this invitation-only event has room for livability professionals and community advocates we haven’t yet met.

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Scenes from in and around Dallas, Texas

Photos by Melissa Stanton

The conference's Greater Dallas field trip destinations include (clockwise from top left) Trinity Groves, Klyde Warren Park (which offers shade, seating and complimentary reading materials), and Historic Downtown Plano.

The Costs to Attend

THE CONFERENCE registration fee of $300 per person includes:

  • Plenary and breakout sessions on November 15 and 16
  • Buffet breakfast and lunch on November 15 and 16
  • Field trips on November 15 including transportation (but not dinner)
  • Office Hour sessions on November 16

There is an added fee of $100 for an optional Networking Dinner on November 14. 

LODGING is available at the conference location:

  • InterContinental Hotel Dallas, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, Texas 75001
  • Single and double rooms are available at a conference rate of $199 per night plus tax

Conference Schedule

More details and schedule information will be posted soon

Tuesday, November 14  

2 - 8 p.m.  Conference Check In

6 - 8 p.m    Networking Dinner (optional)

Wednesday, November 15  

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. *          

Day 1 will include plenary and keynote presentations, two meals (breakfast and lunch), breakout sessions, trainings and field trips starting at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 16  

7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Day 2 will include plenary and keynote presentations, two meals (breakfast and lunch), breakout sessions, an age-friendly panel discussion, TED Talk sessions, expert consultations and, of course, time to socialize and network

* Some field trips will end later and include time for dinner

Conference Agenda

Learn from national livability experts, including:

Jeff Speck, city planner, urban designer and author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time and coauthor of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

Betsy Price, the walking, bicycling mayor of Fort Worth, Texas

Andrew Howard, placemaking specialist with Team Better Block

Daniel Parolek, architect/advocate for “Missing Middle Housing”

Attend sessions about: 

Tactical urbanism, Universal Design, autonomous vehicles, Complete Streets policies, community engagement. Learn More

Explore examples of livability in the greater Dallas region:

• Choose to see inspiring infill development projects, transit-oriented developments, creative outdoor spaces and more

Be part of a national network of change-makers:

• Connect with 450+ peers around the country who are driving community change, including issue experts, thought leaders and policy makers

• Learn how AARP Community Challenge grant winners are sparking momentum for long term community change

• Receive award-winning AARP livability resources to use at the conference and beyond

Breakout Session Tracks

To be offered throughout the conference

ENGAGE: These sessions focus on community assessment, partnership and coalition development, and citizen engagement. 

INFLUENCE: These sessions focus on federal, state and local advocacy, as well as influencer engagement. 

ACT: These sessions focus on the implementation and evaluation of Age-Friendly and Livable Communities initiatives.

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