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6th Annual AARP Livable Communities National Conference: Schedule

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Monday, November 12

2:00-8:00 pm: Conference Check-In  | 6:00-8:30 pm: Welcome Dinner and Networking

Tuesday, November 13    

6:30-7:15 am: Fun and Fitness Run/Walk

7:30-8:30 am: Conference Check-In

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Breakfast Sessions and Meetings 

8:30-8:45 am: Welcome! 

8:45-9:30 am: Keynote: Transportation and Mobility (V)

  • Keith Benjamin, Director, Department of Traffic and Transportation
    Charleston, South Carolina 

9:30-10:30 am: Plenary Panel (V)
        Engaging People: Building Livable Communities Through Citizen Engagement

 10:45 am-11:45: Breakout Sessions 

  • Changing Culture in Age-Friendly Communities
  • How Cohousing Support Livable Communities 
  • Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Changing the Built Environment for Livability and Investment
  • Livable Communities and the Ethnic and Racial Disparities Intersection (V)
  • Livable Communities in Rural America: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions
  • Strategic Partnerships: The Strength of Age-Friendly Communities and Universities
  • Transportation Momentum: How to Keep it Moving
  • Volunteers Can Put It All Together!  

Noon-12:45 pm: Plenary Lunch (V)
        Engaging Partners: Conversations With Anchor Institutions

1:00-2:00 pm: Breakout Sessions
  • Advancing an Age-Friendly Public Health System
  • Creative Placemaking in Rural America
  • Cultivating Entrepreneurship in Culturally Identified Commercial Districts
  • Home for a Lifetime: The Power of Collaboration in Promoting Universal Design
  • Hurricane Maria: Reflecting on Relationships, the Role of Community Nursing (V)
  • Leveraging Utilities and Livable Communities Advocacy
  • Rural Transportation: Engaging Philanthropy, Local Providers, Promising Partners
  • So You Need to Write an Action Plan?

2:15-3:15 pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Are Communities Becoming More Livable? The 2018 Livability Index
  • Complete Streets, Vision Zero and Community Organizations in Philadelphia
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration for LGBT Culturally Competent Real Estate Services (V)
  • Engaging Your Local Planners: Lessons and Best Practices From Around the World
  • Expand Reach and Impact: Tips for Finding and Developing Volunteer Leaders
  • Lean Livability: Making Lovable Places for $500 or Less (Part 1: Presentation)

2:15-until 5:00 pm or later: Mobile Workshops (1st Departures)

  • Take the Train, Ride a Bike and See Transit-Oriented Development in Action
  • Fun for People of All Ages
  • Explore the Tree Canopy
  • Play Ball!
  • Housing for All
  • Missing Middle Housing Walking Tour

3:30-4:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Autonomous Vehicle Integration in the Community (V)
  • Collaborating with Nurses to Create a Culture of Health
  • Video Premiere: Lifelong Housing Across Generations
  • Lean Livability: Making Lovable Places for $500 or Less (Part 2: The Project)

3:30-until 5:30 pm or later: Mobile Workshops (2nd Departure)

  • Arts and Parks Urban Tour

5 pm-until whenever! Mobile Workshops (Last Departure)

  • See the South End

Wednesday, November 14

6:30-7:15 am: Fun and Fitness Run/Walk

7:30-8:30 am: Conference Check-In

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Breakfast Sessions and Meetings  

8:30-8:45 amWelcome

8:45-9:30 am: Innovation Showcase Hosted by LOR Foundation (V)
        Rapid-Fire Presentations About Making Communities More Livable 

9:30-10:15 am: Plenary Panel (V)
        Looking Forward: The Issues That Matter for Cities

10:30-11:15 am: Plenary Panel (V)
        Putting It All Together: A Focus on Age-Friendly States

11:30 am-12:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Attitudes, Insights and Mindsets: Results from Recent Livable Communities Research
  • Creating a New Livable Neighborhood: Engaging New Partners, Influencers and the Public (V)
  • Engaging Communities through Hands-On Design Collaboration with Mixopoly
  • Financing Livable Communities by Ballot: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Less Is More: The Village Network Comes to North Carolina
  • Rural Communities: Engaging People, Partners and Policy Makers
  • Statewide Initiatives to Create Communities for All
  • The Future of Transportation: Universal Mobility as a Service

12:45-1:45 pm: Plenary Lunch: Placemaking and Public Spaces (V)

  • Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, PP, Commissioner
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

1:45-2:30 pm: Office Hours

The 2018 AARP Livable Communities National Conference ends at 2:30 pm.

Optional After-Event Roundtable

2:30-5:00 pm: Picking Up the Pace of Change
        The Impact of Housing and Transportation in Long-Term Services and Supports 

  • Housing and transportation options are key components of a high performing Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) systems. There are 10,000 people turning age 65 every day and an increasing number of adults with disabilities seeking greater independence in their communities. However, the lack of access to affordable and accessible housing and transportation options can be major barriers. The AARP Public Policy Institute and Centene are hosting a forum to discuss housing and transportation measures that were included, for the first time, in the LTSS State Scorecard.  This forum will explore how attendees can use the scorecard to drive innovative solutions that promote independence among older adults and people with disabilities.  They also want to hear from you about promising practices, programs, and policies in your state to improve housing and transportation. For more information, email the long-term scorecard team.

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