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2013 IForums

The Innovation Imperative

The Great Recession has wounded Connecticut’s state budget, its communities and its families.  Solutions are needed – now, and for a sustainable, long-term recovery.   States and communities that emerge from recession soonest will recognize the opportunities in a quickly changing economy and housing market.  We can redevelop our cities, rebalance our housing supply, make our aging population secure, attract a new young professional class of workers, and narrow our wage and wealth disparities.

New solutions – innovative, clever ideas – already exist.  Energy-efficient housing design.  Creative ways to reach hard-to-serve clients.  Mixed-income housing and thoughtful “placemaking” to get the most impact from Connecticut’s new and existing transit lines.  Mixed-use development as a cornerstone of vibrant town centers.

Connecticut can do thisIForums2013 will be both a reality check and a springboard to the innovative state Connecticut can be.  The six-part series of forums will assemble expertise and creativity to answer vexing questions:  How can we compete for residents and economic opportunities?  How can we save scarce public resources by solving nagging public problems?  How can we ensure that all state residents benefit – and keep income, education and health disparities from growing wider?

IForums2013 will bring an array of thoughtful policymakers and experienced practitioners to infuse the two-hour sessions with new, but proven, solutions.  Mark your calendars, save the dates and watch for further information here.

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - click here for a recap of the event
    What Makes a Strong Community?
    Keynote: Kaid Benfield - Natural Resources Defense Council, author for The Atlantic
  • Friday, March 22, 2013 - click here for a recap of the event
    Mixing Uses, Income, Vitality:
    Case Studies From Neighboring States
  • Thursday, April 11, 2013 - click here for a recap of the event.
    The Peril and the Potential:
    How the New Housing Market Could Affect Towns,
    Residents and Revenue-Raising
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - click here for a recap of the event.
    Health Care, Housing & Homelessness: Target.Connect.Save.
    Keynote: Dr. James O’Connell, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program
  • New Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - click here for a recap of the event.
    Creating Pathways To Economic Security for Those Who Are Homeless
    Introduction: Commissioner Sharon Palmer, State of CT Dept. of Labor
    Keynote Speakers: Jennifer Keeling, Director of Policy, Chicago Jobs Council, and John Rio, Senior Research Associate, Advocates for Human Potential

All IForums*:

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Conversation, coffee
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Program

The Lyceum. 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT (Click here for directions).

Click here for a flyer of all 2013 IForums.
Click here to learn more about the IForum Series.

                Thanks to the following for their support: