2015 Urban Studies Forum: The Question of Development - Jobs & Housing in the South Sound.
Continuing its engagement with fundamental questions about the growth and health of the South Sound region, UW Tacoma's Urban Studies program hosts the sixth annual Urban Studies Forum. Last year, the Forum grappled with the question of how a region envisions its "story," and develops its vision. Emerging from the discussion was a sense of urgency about the roles of economic development and real estate development in fulfilling that regional vision. This year's forum brings together developers, public sector decision makers and urban experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities for South Sound development and how our visioning process might be realized.
Panelists include: -- John Barline, of counsel with Williams Kastner; -- David Boe, architect and Tacoma City Council member; -- Cary Bozeman, former mayor of Bellevue and Bremerton, Wash.; -- Loren Cohen of MC Construction Consultants, Inc., developers of Point Ruston; -- Bruce Kendall, president and CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County; -- Joel Kotkin, executive editor of Newgeography.com, Forbes columnist, executive director of Center for Opportunity Urbanism; -- Cynthia Kroll, senior regional economist at UC-Berkeley's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics; -- Michael Mirra, executive director of Tacoma Housing Authority; -- Steve O'Connor, director of UW's Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies; -- Michael Pyatok, architect and emeritus professor of architecture at UW; -- Ethan Seltzer, professor, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University; -- Ron Sims, former deputy secretary of U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; former King County Executive
Sponsors of the 2015 Urban Studies Forum include: Pierce County Regional Council; AHBL, Inc.; BCRA; Business Examiner; Conversation Re: Tacoma; Dwyer Pemberton & Coulson PC; Exit 133; FLT Properties; Gray Lumber Company; Helix Design Group; Kidder Mathews; Korsmo Construction; Master Builders Association of Pierce County; Neil Walter Company; and Rush Companies.
Since 2003, the Math-Science-Leadership Program (MSL) has been creating positive educational experiences that enhance academic success and access to career pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). MSL serves youth in grades 7-12 that are historically underrepresented in STEM (low-income, minority, female and potential first-generation college students).
MSL brings together youth with students and faculty from UW Tacoma for an engaging three-week summer program and community-building monthly events throughout the school year. MSL develops supportive cohorts that build positive science-linked identities, academic and leadership skills over six years and creates capacity for community-serving institutions to collaboratively build increase youths' ability to participate in the economies of the future.