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5th Annual AARP Livable Communities National Conference: Day 1 Schedule

Dallas, Texas: November 15, 2017

The 2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference was an opportunity for 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.

  • The schedule of events for November 15, 2017 are listed below.
  • Videotaped presentations and panels — indicated with the notation (v) — can be viewed via the links below. (The breakout sessions were not videotaped.)
  • To learn about the featured speakers, click here

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price speaks to the audience at the 2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference

Photo by Jeff Abramo

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price speaks to an audience of more than 400 people audience at the 2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference.


7:30-8:30 am: Early Bird Conversations

  • Livable Communities 101
  • AARP Volunteer Meet-Up      

8:30-9:00 am: Welcome! (v)

  • Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, AARP
  • Joe Chow, Mayor, City of Addison, Texas

9:00-9:45 am: Leading the Way Forward in Transportation (v)
Moderated by Nancy LeaMond

  • Roger Millar, Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation   

10:00-10:45 am: Building Momentum for Livable Communities Change in Texas (v)
Introduced by Bob Jackson, State Director, AARP Texas
Panel moderated by Janee Briesemeister, Chair, Austin Commission on Seniors

  • Betsy Price, Mayor, City of Fort Worth
  • Nick Mitchell-Bennett, Executive Director, Community Development Corporation of Brownsville
  • Janice Sparks, Senior Staff Analyst, Houston Department of Health and Human Services

11 am-Noon: Breakout Sessions

  • Creating Healthy Places for Healthy People: Stories from the Road                                            
  • Age- and Dementia-Friendly Together on the Massachusetts Coast                                          
  • How We Roll: Bikeable Community Workshops in Minnesota                                      
  • Building a Livable Indianapolis Through Transit                        
  • Complete Streets and Vision Zero: Complementary Approaches to Making Roadways Safe
  • Meeting the Demand for Homes That Make Life Easier          
  • How to Transform Your City to Be Age-Friendly Within Days, Not Years                   

Noon-1 pm: A Conversation About Housing, Placemaking, Livability and More (v)
Moderated by Nancy LeaMond

  • Julián Castro, former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, former Mayor, City of San Antonio, Texas 

1:15-2:15 pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Meaningful Participation for Under-Represented Older Adults in Age-Friendly Communities
  • It Takes a Village: Building Collective Strategies to Support Multi-Sector Collaboration     
  • Sustaining Livable Communities Across Changing Local Administrations                                  
  • Evaluating and Approaching Local Livable Community Advocacy 
  • Strengthening Citizen Engagement at the Municipal Level       
  • Safer Communities in an Autonomous Vehicle World                   
  • The AARP Livability Index 2.0: Creating Communities for People of All Ages 

2:30-3:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Complete Streets Implementation: Engaging Influencers and Residents 
  • Role of Statewide Partnerships in Livable Communities          
  • Missing Middle Housing: Successes in Advancing the Livable Communities Discussion
  • Building a Trained Advocacy Corps: Lessons from Urban Social Movements
  • Financing Strategies for Livable Communities                              
  • Tiny Homes for Seniors                                      
  • Building a Public Realm That Creates Real Value     

 3:45 pm: Depart for Field Trips and Activities


All the Conference Links