Breakout Cities

October 19, 2021
11:00am - 1:00pm CT
digital event


Breakout Cities are
shaping the new economy


The pandemic has accelerated the growth of North America’s mid-sized cities, positioning a new group of Breakout Cities at the forefront of national growth and economic development. 

The growth in these mid-sized cities is outpacing larger cities, driven by residents seeking more affordable housing, complete neighborhoods, less traffic congestion and increasingly vibrant economies, all supercharged by remote work opportunities. 
That’s why CityAge is launching a new digital series that will bring together mid-sized cities from across North America and around the world - this October 19, starting by taking a look at how every mid-sized city can seize opportunity in this new economy. 


speakers (with more to come) include:

Bruce Katz

Drexel University

New Localism Associates

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Madeline Rogero

Former Mayor,
City of Knoxville, TN

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Paul TenHaken

City of Sioux Falls, SD

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Patrick Seeb

Executive Director,
Destination Medical Center (DMC)

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Lauren McLean

City of Boise, ID

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Van R. Johnson

City of Savannah, GA

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Specific areas of focus will be:


Sam Liccardo

Mayor of San Jose, CA 

Libby Schaaf

Mayor of Oakland, CA

Emma Stewart

Head of High Tech, Engie Impact

Mary Papazian

President, San Jose
State University

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9:15 - Welcome & participant introductions by CityAge

9:17 - Intro and Preview of the CityCube, by IBI President David Thom

9:25 - CityAge introduces Rick Cole as moderator of session

9:26 - Rick’s opening comments

9:30 - 9:50: Three comments on the question: What’s the status and future of Silicon Valley’s infrastructure and urban design?

9:48 - 10:40: Round robin, led by Rick Cole

10:40 - 10:45: Closing thoughts & thank you, by Rick Cole
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