March 25, 2009


Washington, DC – Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, will hold a symposium tomorrow entitled “Creating Livable Communities:  Housing and Transit Policy in the 21st Century.” Dodd has invited Committee members and their staff to hear experts share their views on how to improve the connection between housing and transit policy and how to promote transit-oriented development through the coordination of local planning and land use.
Tomorrow’s symposium is part of a major series of hearings, briefings, and meetings being held by the Committee on how to enhance our nation’s transit systems and expand transit options for all Americans.  Later this year, the Committee will write the transit portion of a new surface transportation bill.  Earlier this month, Dodd heard testimony from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on sustainable transportation solutions.
WHO:             Members and Staff of the Senate Banking Committee
Mr. Mike Allegra
Assistant General Manager and Chief Capital Development Officer, Utah Transit Authority
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Ms. Debra L. Bassert
Assistant Vice President for Land Use Policy, National Association of Home Builders
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Mr. Scott Bernstein
Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
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Ms. Catherine M. Cox Blair
Former Principal City Planner, City and County of Denver, and Program Manager, Denver Transit Oriented Development Initiative
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Mr. Conrad Egan
President and CEO, National Housing Conference
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Mr. David Fink
Policy and Communications Director, Partnership for Strong Communities
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Mr. Tom Flynn
Director of Economic Development, City of Charlotte
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Ms. Shelley Poticha
President and CEO, Reconnecting America
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Mr. Robert Puentes
Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings
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Mr. Jonathan F. P. Rose
President, Jonathan Rose Companies
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Dr. Sam Staley
Director of Urban Growth and Land Use Policy, Reason Foundation
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Ms. Betty Voights
Executive Director, Capital Area Council of Governments, Austin, TX
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WHEN:         2:30 P.M., Thursday, March 26, 2009
WHERE:       Room 430, Dirksen Senate Office Building