Countdown to RPA's 2012 Regional Assembly

How can the New York region continue to compete with other world cities while meeting its needs in housing, transportation and environmental sustainability? Join us this Friday, April 27, for RPA's 22nd annual Regional Assembly, where elected officials, corporate CEOs, civic leaders and planning professionals will discuss the big trends and challenges facing our region. Our exciting program will feature keynote addresses by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and by Abha Joshi-Ghani, head of the World Bank's global urban development practice.

The daylong program kicks off with a look at city-building in an age of economic uncertainty, technological innovation and intense global competition. Leading thinkers will tackle such hot topics as the redevelopment of the Javits Center site and Cornell's plans to build a technology campus on Roosevelt Island.

Later in the day, we'll have the opportunity to listen in on an unprecedented gathering of leaders of some of the world's biggest transit systems. In a joint panel discussion, chiefs of transit agencies in Singapore, Stockholm, New York and London will offer insights into how they tackled shared concerns, from financing to planning to labor relations to fare policy.

We'll examine the conflicts over street space among cars, pedestrians and cyclists, and hear from developers who have pursued ambitious projects even in tough economic times. (You can read more about both those topics in this week's Spotlight.)

Other Assembly sessions will look at new options in urban energy efficiency and the difficulty of meeting the nation's fast-evolving housing needs. And we'll round out the day with a cocktail reception and an opportunity to meet conference presenters and participants.

In advance of this year's Assembly, we've set up an online town hall where you can weigh in with your thoughts on how you would like to see the New York region change. Join the conversation at ideas.regionalassembly.org.

To see a complete description of panels and events, and to register, visit www.regionalassembly.org. We look forward to seeing you on April 27.