The Second Annual Placemaking Leadership Council Meeting

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States    
September 8-9, 2014

The inaugural meeting of the PLC in Detroit last year was a breakout moment for the Placemaking movement. The next meeting will build on the success in Detroit and advance the movement’s agendas based on the progress and challenges identified since then.

The theme of the Pittsburgh meeting, held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, will be “Placemaking: Building a Campaign.” Experts, public officials, and activists from around the world will convene for a day and a half to determine the best approaches to scale up Placemaking as a strategy for community change, and to build a broad coalition around this new international social cause.

The PLC meeting will take place in partnership with Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 (PWPBPP), North America’s premier active transportation and livable communities conference. This partnership will provide PLC members exciting opportunities to make new connections and learn about campaign building from the leaders of the pedestrian and bicycling advocacy communities. As a bonus, PLC members can stay on for the full Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference at a special discounted rate.

We can’t wait to see you there!

PLC Members Only: Register Now!

If you are not already a Placemaking Leadership Council member, please click here to learn more and apply.

Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, September 7
– Tours of Pittsburgh (Optional); informal welcome reception (5pm)

Monday, September 8
 – Breakfast and Opening Plenary
Afternoon – Sessions, breakout groups and workshops
Evening – Networking reception with Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place

Tuesday, September 9
– Breakfast and opening plenary of PWPBPP at the Convention Center
Late Morning – Closing PLC session (adjourn at 12:30pm)

Why Pittsburgh

As we’ve been saying for some time, Pittsburgh is a hot city right now because of its focus on building strong place-led communities as the heart of the City’s development strategy. Formerly a Rust belt capital, Steel City has been reborn, and is now recognized as one of the most livable cities in the U.S. PLC meeting attendees can learn and reflect about progress and opportunities in our host city on tours as well as in panel discussions and networking events. This is the perfect chance to find out what all the buzz is about!

Airline Travel & Hotel
Southwest Airlines is the official airline sponsor for this meeting. Through their generosity, we are able to offer a limited number of complementary round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines to Pittsburgh in order to make the meeting affordable for people who could not otherwise come.  To apply, please fill out the online application form by August 15th.

Hotel rooms at a special conference rate are available at:

  • Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. Adjacent to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Rate: $159 single/double. Reserve your room now at the Westin Convention Center PittsburghBe advised: reservations are only available until August 18th and space is limited.
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown, One Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh PA 15219. A ten-minute walk to the conference. Rate: $159 single, double/night plus tax. To reserve a room call 1-800-222-8733 by August 15 and mention Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, or reserve online.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh, 1247 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15139. A five-minute walk to the conference. Rate: $179 king, double queen/night plus tax. (Free Upgrade to King Studio while supply lasts!) To reserve a room call 1-412-288-4350 by August 15 and mention Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, or reserve online.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown. A two-minute walk to the meeting. Rate: $179 single/double plus tax. To reserve a room call 1-412-434-5551 by August 22 and mention Pro Walk Pro Bike, or reserve online.

This is a critical time for Placemaking. Help us launch the Placemaking movement by becoming a sponsor of the Placemaking Leadership Council! For more information about sponsorship opportunities for the PLC meeting, please email leadershipcouncil@pps.org or contact Matt Bradley, (212) 620-5660 x323.

Future of Places
The second Future of Places conference will be taking place in Buenos Aires one week before the Placemaking Leadership Council meeting (September 1-3, 2014). Future of Places is a collaboration between UN Habitat, the Ax:son Johnson Foundation, and Project for Public Spaces that intends to indicate the importance of public space and Placemaking in city planning at Habitat III in 2016. The theme of this conference will be “Streets as Places,” a focus that will carry into the PLC meeting and Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place. PLC members are encouraged to attend. To request an invitation to Future of Places, please click here.

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please email leadershipcouncil@pps.org or contact Matt Bradley, (212) 620-5660 x323.

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