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6th Annual AARP Livable Communities National Conference: Schedule

Charlotte, North Carolina: November 12-14, 2018

The 2018 AARP Livable Communities National Conference is 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.


Monday, November 12

2:00-8:00 pm: Conference Check-In

6:00-8:00 pm: Welcome Dinner and Networking


Tuesday, November 13

7:30-8:30 am: Conference Check-In

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Breakfast Sessions and Meetings (optional)    

8:30-9:00 am: Welcome! 

9:00-9:45 am: Keynote: Transportation and Mobility 

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

10:00-10:45 am: Plenary Panel
        Engaging People: Building Livable Communities Through Citizen Engagement

Engaging citizens to enhance where they live through their skills and life experiences is essential to creating livable communities, and older adults — the “Experienced Class” — are leading the charge. People age 50-plus are involved in their communities and with causes they champion. In this session, city leaders will share how the contributions of  "experienced" residents and people of all ages are helping to solve challenges and inspire change.

11:00 am-Noon: Breakout Sessions

  • Changing Culture in Age-Friendly Communities 
  • How Cohousing Support Livable Communities 
  • Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Changing the Built Environment to Increase Livability and Investment
  • Livable Communities and the Ethnic and Racial Disparities Intersection
  • 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-12:50 pm: Plenary Lunch
        Engaging Partners: Conversations With Anchor Institutions

"Anchor institutions" — such as universities, hospitals, foundations and other entities — can bring skills and resources that compliment efforts to create and encourage livable communities for people of all ages. In this session, representatives from local governments, nonprofits and community groups talk about their experiences working 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 and the Role of Community Nursing
  • 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 and Vision Zero in Philadelphia 
  • Cross Sector Collaboration to Facilitate LGBT Culturally-Competent Real Estate Services
  • Engaging Your Local Planners: Lessons and Best Practices From Around the World
  • Expand Reach and Impact: Tips for Finding and Developing Volunteer Leaders

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

  • Take the Train and Ride a Bike
  • Fun for Older Adults and People of All Ages
  • Explore a City in a Forest: Charlotte's Tree Canopy
  • Play Ball!

3:30-4:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Collaborating With Nurses to Create a Culture of Health
  • Video Premier: Lifelong Housing Across Generations

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

  • Housing for All
  • Arts and Parks Urban Tour
  • Lean Livability: Making Lovable Places for $500 or Less

4:45-until whenever! Mobile Workshops (Last Departure)

  • See the South End

Wednesday, November 14

7:30-8:30 am: Conference Check-In

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Breakfast Sessions and Meetings (optional)    

8:30-8:45 amWelcome

8:45-9:30 am: Innovation Showcase
        Rapid-Fire Presentations About Making Communities More Livable

9:30-10:15 am: Plenary Panel
        Engaging Policy Makers: Insights into the Midterm Elections

  • This session will hear from a panel of experts who will provide reactions to the midterm election results and how they will impact livability issues in cities. Perspectives will come from the federal level and the issues that voters cared about the most; from publications covering state and local government; and from local leaders of organizations that represent municipalities throughout the country. 

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

  • In 2017, the World Health Organization opened the Global Network of Cities and Communities to allow enrollment by states and territories. (Previously, the program was available to only municipalities, such as towns, cities and counties.) To date, there have been two states to enroll in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. In this session, we will hear from New York and Massachusetts officials who are leading the way to create states that are age-friendly for residents of all life segments and abilities. 

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
  • 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
  • Livable Communities: Statewide Initiatives to Create Communities for All
  • Rural Communities: Engaging People, Partners and Policymakers Through Regional Approaches
  • The Future of Transportation: Universal Mobility as a Service

12:30-1:30 pm: Plenary Lunch: Placemaking and Public Spaces

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

1:30-2:30 pm: Office Hours

The 2018 AARP Livable Communities National Conference officially 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 or contact Kathleen Ujvari, senior strategic policy advisor.

2018 AARP Livable Communities National Conference

To return to the main conference page, visit or bookmark: AARP.org/Livable2018