2014 Future Cities Program
The Future Cities Program was developed to assist leaders of both regional and metropolitan cities in New South Wales in meeting the challenges of building liveable and sustainable communities. This year’s focus is on the re-vitalisation of neighbourhoods and communities.
The program is made possible due to partnerships between the New South Wales government, the United States Studies Centre, the University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, local and international partners, and local government leaders.
The primary goal is to promote sustainable urban development by supporting elected leaders, together with local government and community leaders, with an evidence based approach to strategic urban planning; additionally, the Future Cities Program also aims to provide on-going knowledge sharing and capacity building between the Australian and American partners.
The 2014 program, which will once again be led by Professor Edward Blakely, will take six New South Wales city leaders through a three-day intensive strategic workshop in Sydney followed by a seven-day study tour of the east coast of the United States.
The program is limited to six cities within New South Wales, and will comprise metropolitan and regional locations. To optimise the outcomes of the program, at least three participants from each city or town are required to attend including:
- The Mayor or Deputy Mayor
- The Director or Chief of Planning
- A representative from the local business chamber or an involved business leader from the community.
The focus of the Future Cities Program is on capacity building and knowledge exchange between city leaders, with the support of Australian and international experts. The workshop activities during the three days will focus on the real issues that cities face, and discussion will be centered on strategic solution formulation.
The overarching aim is to inspire and inform city leaders of innovative approaches, and move New South Wales and Australian cities towards sustainably and strategically developing their local communities.
For more information or to register your interest in participating in the Future Cities Program 2014, please email Sandy Burgoyne or Harriet Whyte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS
Former president of the World Bank Robert Zoellick, who was in Australia to speak at Centre conference on US–Australia trade, discusses the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the US–Australia Free Trade Agreement, and the current economic turmoil in Greece.
Former deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization Andrew Stoler, who will be speaking at the Centre's conference on the Australia–US trade relationship, looks back at the benefits of the 2005 free trade deal between the two nations and forward to the potential Trans-Pacific Partnership.