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Breakout Cities

July 28, 2022
11:30 AM -1:00 PM CT
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Breakout Cities

July 28, 2022

Breakout Cities are investing in new industries and ideas to build the future.

As America rebuilds its economy and infrastructure after the pandemic, the nation’s Breakout Cities are investing in new industries and ideas to build the future.

CityAge has identified some of the major patterns among leading Breakout Cities, and we’re thrilled to return with a new series of events that profile their leadership.

Breakout Cities are re-investing in homegrown industries. They’re developing a talented workforce in partnership with local businesses and investing in placemaking that prioritizes quality of life and culture. They’re challenging dated notions of who can be an entrepreneur, and they’re building robust networks of city leaders and organizations to build opportunity and move their economies forward.

And they’re taking advantage of supportive trends. Infrastructure legislation is funneling money into municipalities, venture capital funding is shifting beyond Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York, and remote work has broadened the possibilities for Americans looking to settle down somewhere new.

Lasting recovery from the pandemic relies on cities seizing this moment. Join CityAge, in collaboration with The Kauffman Foundation, as we bring together the leading Breakout Cities who are building America’s new economy.

Speakers

Mary Ellen Wiederwohl
Mary Ellen Wiederwohl
President & CEO
Accelerator for America
Shelley Dickstein
Shelley Dickstein
City Manager
Dayton, OH
Ben McAdams
Ben McAdams
Former Member of Congress, Mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah State Senator,
Current Senior Fellow, Sorenson Impact Center
Brad Cavanagh
Brad Cavanagh
Mayor,
City of Dubuque, IA
Miles Sandler
Miles Sandler
Director of Policy and Engagement, Public Affairs
Kauffman Foundation
Christopher Cabaldon
Christopher Cabaldon
Former Mayor,
West Sacramento, CA
Sharon Ebert
Sharon Ebert
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer,
Economic Development and Planning, Richmond, VA
Brian Platt
Brian Platt
City Manager,
City of Kansas City, MO
Lafayette Crump
Lafayette Crump
Commissioner of City Development,
City of Milwaukee, WI
Anil Nathan
Anil Nathan
Expert Associate Partner,
McKinsey & Company
Michele Wildman
Michele Wildman
Executive Vice President for Economic Development Incentives,
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
GwendolynTillotson-Bell
GwendolynTillotson-Bell
Deputy Director, Economic Development Department,
City of Houston, TX

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Kauffman Foundation

Agenda for July 28th

11:30 am

Anchor Welcome & Introduction

11:35 am

Opening presentation: Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, President & CEO, Accelerator for America

11:45 am

Panel: The Breakout Cities On Our Radar

A look at some of the U.S. cities leading the way in shaping the new economy. How are they using their unique economic strengths, innovative design, and community engagement to accelerate their growth?

  • Brad Cavanagh, Mayor, City of Dubuque, IA
  • Sharon Ebert, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic Development and Planning, City of Richmond, VA
  • Michele Wildman, Executive Vice President of Economic Development Incentive, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Gwendolyn Tillotson-Bell, Deputy Director, Economic Development Department, City of Houston, TX
  • Panel Host: Christopher Cabaldon, Former Mayor, City of West Sacramento, CA

12:15 pm

Presentation: Ben McAdams, Former Member of Congress, Mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah State Senator, Current Senior Fellow, Sorenson Impact Center

12:25 pm

Presentation: Miles Sandler, Director of Policy and Engagement, Public Affairs, Kauffman Foundation

12:35 pm

Panel: How Inclusive Entrepreneurship Builds Breakout Cities

Inclusive economic growth is essential to becoming a Breakout City. How are cities across America building economies that include everyone, by intentionally supporting small, minority and women-owned businesses, and expanding job and education opportunities?

  • Shelley Dickstein, City Manager, City of Dayton, OH
  • Brian Platt, City Manager, City of Kansas City 
  • Lafayette Crump, Commissioner, Department of City Development, City of Milwaukee, WI
  • Moderator: Anil Nathan, Expert Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company


All times CT, subject to change

Themes of Discussion include:

How inclusive entrepreneurship builds up regional economies

How to leverage generational investments in infrastructure to build local economies

How city leaders can support women and minority-owned businesses

The role of urban design and the 15 minute neighborhood in attracting talent and encouraging entrepreneurship

Accelerating innovation districts in every size of city

Case studies of Breakout Cities leading the way

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