2015 Summit Topics and Program

Building One America Summit on Suburbs
A National Conference on Sustaining Diverse Middle-class Communities
July 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC
Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC

BOA will hold its next bi-partisan national conference focused on the related themes ofn social and racial inclusion, environmental sustainability, and economic growth with local elected and grassroots leaders, members of the Obama Administration and members of Congress.

This year’s event will have a number of salient and topical themes related to infrastructure investment, inclusive housing, diverse schools and the challenges facing many suburbs around issues of justice, municipal capacity, and changing leadership.

The conference will include workshops and presentations to help practitioners and policy makers better understand their common challenges and advance critical issue opportunities at both the state and national level. It will include plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and workshops led by experts in community organizing, civil rights, and public policy.

Building One America Summit on Suburbs

A National Conference on Sustaining Diverse Middle-class Communities
July 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC

Draft Program Day I

Thursday, July 23

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Afternoon opening plenary - Hart Auditorium

3:00 - Summit Opened - Sheryll - Professor Sheryll Cashin, Georgetown Law Center

  • Call to order – Professor Cashin
  • Brief, interfaith, welcoming prayer
  • Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Overview – Professor Cashin

3:15 - State of the suburbs – Myron Orfield
Implications for communities, schools, and families

3:45 – Leader’s Round Table (30)

  • Local elected and community leaders
  • Implications for civil rights and economic justice

4:15 – Civil Rights round table (30)

  • National civil rights and labor leaders

4:45 – Leadership Development and Organizing – Paul Scully (25)

5:00 – Break for Dinner and Relationship Building

6:00 – 7:00 – Dinner – McDonough Hall

7:00 – Introduce Workshops (workshop facilitators)

8:00 – 10:00 – Congressional Reception

Building One America Summit on Suburbs
A National Conference on Sustaining Diverse, Middle-class Communities
July 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC

Draft Program Day II

Friday, July 24

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM - Hart Auditorium

8:00 – 9:00 - Breakfast – McDonough Hall

9:00 - Welcome - Dean William M. Treanor, Georgetown Law Center

Morning Session Preparation and Overview - Hart Auditorium

  • Panel of workshop leaders

9:45 – 11:15 - Morning Workshops - Classrooms

Policy Workshops

  • Education
  • Water
  • Housing
  • Transportation

Workshop Format

  • Challenges and Solutions (local)
  • Updates Success Stories & Best Practices (state and regional)
  • Opportunities for collaboration (national)

11:20 - Report Back

12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch – McDonough Hall
One-on Ones and Relationship Building

1:15 – 2:15 – White House Panel - Hart Auditorium

  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Labor

2:15 – 3:15 – Regional and Statewide Caucuses – Classrooms

3:15 – 3:45 – Report Back

3:45 – 4:00 - Keynote and Closing - Hart Auditorium

2015 National Summit on Inclusive Suburbs and Sustainable Regions

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Building One America National Summit for Inclusive Suburbs and Sustainable Regions

Thursday, July 23 through Friday, July 24, 2015
Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC

The Building One America Summit will involve local leaders and federal and state policy makers to seek bipartisan solutions to the unique but common challenges around housing, schools and infrastructure facing America’s metropolitan regions and its diverse middle-class suburbs. Participants will include local elected and grassroots leaders from America’s diverse middle class towns and school districts along with scholars, policy experts, state legislators, members of Congress and the White House.

The next Building One America Summit on Suburbs and Diverse Middle Class Communities will be July 23 and July 24, 2015. Our Summit will again take place in Washington, DC at the Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW.

The 2013 Summit was a success on many fronts and this year's event is expected to advance each of those fronts even further by:

  • Promoting a greater understanding and appreciation for the strengths and challenges of our diverse middle class communities
  • Advancing a non-partisan federal and state policy agenda to stabilize our communities while expanding middle-class opportunity around jobs, infrastructure, housing and schools
  • Building a powerful, diverse and bipartisan national community of local leaders with shared values and a common agenda

Speakers and participants will include:

  • Members of Congress and White House officials
  • Mayors, local elected, municipal and school officials 
  • State legislators, business, faith and labor leaders
  • Academics and national policy experts

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Our Summit will again take place in Washington, DC at the Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW.

The 2013 Summit was a success on many fronts and this year's event is expected to advance each of those fronts even further by:

  • Promoting a greater understanding and appreciation for the strengths and challenges of our diverse middle class communities
  • Advancing a non-partisan federal and state policy agenda to stabilize our communities while expanding middle-class opportunity around jobs, infrastructure, housing and schools
  • Building a powerful, diverse and bipartisan national community of local leaders with shared values and a common agenda

Speakers and participants will include:

  • Members of Congress and White House officials
  • Mayors, local elected, municipal and school officials 
  • State legislators, business, faith and labor leaders
  • Academics and national policy experts

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