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The theme will be infrastructure, given the recent passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. Its focus is on rebuilding our transportation network, expanding access to clean drinking water and high-speed internet, addressing the climate crisis, advancing environmental justice, and investing in communities that have been left behind.

 Do you want to showcase what your community is doing? Do you know of some good work in another community? Let us know and we'll reach out to them. This is typically a day-long event with mobile tours to allow a community to showcase their progress.

Our first virtual Spring Symposium was a success with over 70 particpants!

Housing Policy

2021 Spring Symposium - Virtual

Keynote speakers “What are the prospects for helping the poor live in high opportunity neighborhoods?” - Ed Goetz, Professor, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Urban and Regional Planning Program, University of Minnesota and author of “The One-Way Street of Integration: Fair Housing and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in American Cities” and Kirk McClure, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Urban Planning Program, University of Kansas

Regional panelists “How about housing policy here?” - Kelley Hrabe, TCS, NPCC, M.U.P., Prairie Fire Co-Founder; Daniel Serda, KC-CUR Project Manager, LISC Greater Kansas City; Michael Grube, Director of Development, the Yarco Companies, and Lauren Palmer, Director of Local Government Services, Mid-America Regional Council

Resilency + Mobility

2019 Spring Symposium - Manhattan

Manhattan was the host for two-day 2019 Symposium that offered two tracks covering Resiliency Planning and Mobility. 

Re* Imagine Re*Invest Re*Vitalize

2018 Spring Symposium - Emporia

Downtown Emporia hosted around 40 people to showcase revitalization of their historic main street and revisioning of old buildings, including former schools. 


2017 Spring Symposium - Leavenworth County

The 2017 Spring Symposium took us on a tour of rural Leavenworth County and their booming world of agritourism. From wineries to weddings, rural America is finding ways to showcase what life has to offer outside of our cities.