WEST HARRISON, N.Y. – As Westchester County starts planning for “smart growth,” some groups are calling for local leaders to seek out the innovations of the nation’s top hubs.
The Westchester County Association, or WCA, has scheduled a half-day conference called “Westchester: County of Tomorrow,” an event that will bring together some of the sharpest experts from cities like New York; Austin, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Chattanooga, Tn.; and the Silicon Valley.
Speakers from each area are expected to share their ideas on how best to move Westchester forward by discussing their own visions, challenges, successes and failures.
The April 29 conference is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel, 80 West Red Oak Lane.
There also are to be specialists in the area of creating successful public/private partnerships and a special presentation from Rapid Transit System, a Silicon Valley company. The keynote address is to be given by Dean Whittaker, an economic development futurist, according to organizers.
“This will be a terrific opportunity to learn from others as we assess how far we’ve come and how best to move forward,” says Bill Mooney, President/CEO of the WCA, the group that created an aggressive initiative to spur economic growth in Westchester County called the BLUEPRINT. “Westchester has made huge progress and, as an emerging hub, we are on the cusp of greatness.”
Though hailing the county’s successes, Mooney called for better mobility from east to west, more livable communities for millennials, more funding for infrastructure improvements, workforce training for emerging jobs and modernized office spaces that may help attract new business.
Tickets may be purchased online at WCA's website . Each ticket costs $175 for WCA members and $225 for non-members. A $75 package also is available for municipal official sponsorships.
For more information, please contact Julia Emrick at 914-948-6444 or visit the WCA's website . To learn more about who will be present at the conference, find the WCA on Facebook . Register for the conference here .
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