NACTO's Designing Cities Conference, October 24-26, 2012, New York, NY

Commissioners’ Panel – Raising the Bar: Building political capital to implement key design initiatives
Sponsored by IBM

Political support for sustainable transportation initiatives is a precursor to success. The combination of agency champions, political champions and savvy advocacy groups is coming of age across the nation. Not all cities have all three and diverse agency structures determine the alliances needed to garner support. Visionary mayors and elected officials must be there to open doors and communicate your agency’s objectives to their constituents. This session explores the political dialogue which governs local transportation initiatives. How can your agency build credibility and support without causing sticker shock? What are the key milestones of success and how can you work with the press to reinforce your accomplishments?
Moderator: Chris Hayes, Host, MSNBC’s UP w/ Chris Hayes
1. Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
2. Gabe Klein, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
3. Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
4. Tom Tinlin, Commissioner, Boston Transportation Department
6. Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Utilities, Philadelphia

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