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11th Annual North Texas Housing Summit
March 8, 2010
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Hosted by:
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

In Partnership with:
North Texas Housing Coalition

This year's housing summit focused on North Texas' need for a regional housing plan. Following up on the success of last year's event, the summit brought thought leaders together, including CEOs for Cities President Carol Coletta, who discussed success formulas for cities as the event's keynote speaker. Attendees also heard details of the North Texas 2050 Plan, which we hope stimulates dialogue and awareness of the expected housing growth. Ultimately, we wanted to encourage initiatives that accommodate that growth effectively and sustainably while prioritizing these strategies within a larger regional context.

Carol Coletta, Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Carol Coletta is president and CEO of CEOs for Cities and host and producer of the nationally syndicated public radio show Smart City. She is a highly sought after speaker on the success formula for cities and creative communities and is frequently interviewed as an expert on urban issues by national media. In 2008 she was named one of the world's 50 most important urban experts by a leading European think tank. Most recently, she was named the recipient of the Lamda Alpha International 2009 International Journalism Award for her work with CEOs for Cities and Smart City, and as one of the top 50 urban thinkers of all time by readers of PLANetizen.com.

Agenda

11:30 a.m. Registration
Noon Welcome
12:15 p.m. Luncheon Keynote
Carol Coletta, President and CEO, CEOs for Cities
1:00 p.m. Planning for the Future—Housing Needs in North Texas
  

Planning for the FuturePDF
Karen Walz, Project Manager, Vision North Texas
Karen Walz will provide an overview of Vision North Texas and how it is contributing to the future quality of life, economic desirability and long-term sustainability of the 16-county North Central Texas region. She will elaborate on the partnerships that have been created to plan for the public's preferred pattern of growth for the region.

2:00 p.m. The "State" of North Texas Housing
  

What Should We Build? Where Should We Build It?PDF
Timothy Bray, Director, The Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas
Timothy Bray will provide an overview of the region's housing demographics. His analysis of regional housing needs and trends are a fundamental component of the North Texas 2050 Plan. He will highlight the supply and demand for workforce housing and illustrate how a regional housing strategy will ensure that the supply can meet North Texas' projected demand.

2:30 p.m. Moving Beyond the Plan
  

Facilitator: Tod Robberson, Editorial Writer, The Dallas Morning News
Mike Eastland, Executive Director, North Central Texas Council of Governments
Donald Gatzke, Dean, School of Architecture University of Texas at Arlington
Ronald Jones, Mayor, City of Garland
Mike Moncrief, Mayor, City of Fort Worth
A distinguished panel of North Texas city officials will continue the discussion from 2009 on a regional housing strategy with their perspective on managing growth, infill and suburbanization.

3:30 p.m. Adjourn

About the Speakers

Timothy Bray
Director
Institute for Urban Policy Research
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson

Bray is director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is on the faculty of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, where he teaches in the areas of public policy, political economy, public affairs and criminology.

Bray's current research focuses on the development of multidimensional indicators for quality of life and disparities in quality of life. He was instrumental in the launch of the institute's Wholeness Index, a barometer of disparities in quality of life.

Earlier in his career, Bray served as an assistant bureau chief with the Illinois State Police, where he headed the strategic and operational research units. Upon leaving the State Police, Bray was awarded the Achievement Medal for his innovative approach to solving contemporary and traditional policing issues. He serves on the board of directors for the North Texas Housing Coalition and is active in numerous community organizations.

Bray received his Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Missouriâ??St. Louis.

Carol Coletta
President and CEO
CEOs for Cities, Chicago

Coletta is president and CEO of CEOs for Cities and host and producer of the nationally syndicated public radio show Smart City.

Previously, she served as president of Coletta & Company in Memphis, Tenn. She also served as executive director of the Mayors' Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation.

Coletta was a Knight Fellow in Community Building for 2003 at the University of Miami School of Architecture. She is a highly sought-after speaker on the success formula for cities and creative communities and is frequently interviewed as an expert on urban issues by national media.

In 2008 she was named one of the world's 50 most important urban experts by a leading European think tank. Most recently, she was named recipient of Lambda Alpha International's 2009 International Journalism Award for her work with CEOs for Cities and Smart City, and as one of the top 50 urban thinkers of all time by readers of PLANetizen.com.

Mike Eastland
Executive Director
North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington

Eastland has been executive director of the North Central Texas Council of Governments since December 1992. He is a member of the International City Management Association and has served on its executive board. He also serves on the Judicial Committee on Information Technology.

In over 40 years in public management in Texas, Eastland has been assistant city manager of Richardson, deputy city manager of Waco and city manager of Killeen and Carrollton.

He is active in civic and community organizations such as United Way, U.S. Savings Bonds and Boy Scouts of America. He serves on the University of North Texas School of Community Services Advisory Board, the Public Administration Advisory Board at the University of Texas at Arlington and the boards of the Greater Dallas Planning Council and 2011 Super Bowl Host Committee.

Eastland has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and an MPA from Texas State University, where he was named a Distinguished Public Administration Alumnus.

Donald Gatzke
Dean, School of Architecture
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington

Gatzke is currently the dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington since 2004. After seven years of architectural practice in Seattle, Wash., he joined the faculty of the Department of Architecture at Tuskegee University in Alabama in 1985. In 1987 he became a member of the faculty of the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans. He served as dean from 1997 until his departure in 2004.

He serves on the executive boards of a number of organizations, including American Institute of Architects â??Dallas, the Dallas Architectural Foundation and the Dallas Architecture Forum. He is also a member of the management board of Vision North Texas, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2007 he became the education director on the board of the Texas Society of Architects.

Gatzke has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsinâ??Madison and a master's of architecture and urban planning from the University of Wisconsinâ??Milwaukee.

Ronald Jones
Mayor
City of Garland

Jones was elected mayor of Garland in 2007. He previously served as a management consultant to the city manager and helped set up a relief center for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Jones also served as parliamentarian to the mayor and city council.

Prior to becoming mayor, Jones served in the Garland city government for 29 years with cumulative oversight of 14 departments. He was assistant city manager for more than five years. He was also an adjunct professor of business for 10 years at El Centro College in Dallas. He has a bachelor's degree from Dallas Baptist University and a master's degree in human relations and business management from Abilene Christian University. He is a graduate of the first Leadership Garland class.

Mike Moncrief
Mayor
City of Fort Worth

Moncrief, a lifelong resident of Fort Worth, is the city's 43rd mayor. He was first elected in May 2003 and reelected to a third term in May 2007.

Moncrief is a successful Fort Worth business owner and has served as an elected official at various levels of government for more than 30 years.

Moncrief serves on the boards of numerous social services, advocacy and research associations and foundations. He is the recipient of many honors, including Who's Who in American Government, Newsmaker of the Year, Outstanding Young Man of Fort Worth and Outstanding Young Man of Texas.

He is a member of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport board and the Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County governing board and chairs both the Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation and the Trinity Housing Finance Corporation.

He is a graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

Tod Robberson
Editorial Writer
Dallas Morning News, Dallas

Robberson serves on the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News, where he writes editorials and columns about southern Dallas, race relations, poverty, Latin America, immigration, the Middle East, military affairs and national security issues. He also comanages the newspaper's Bridging the Northâ??South Gap blog.

Before joining the editorial board in 2007, he was an international affairs reporter for the newspaper. He spent most of the past 25 years as a foreign correspondent and editor for various news organizations, including the Washington Post and Reuters news agency.

He has lived in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Cyprus, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Colombia and England. He also has worked extensively in the Middle East and locations throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Robberson speaks fluent Spanish and speaks, reads and writes Arabic. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications/journalism from Texas Tech University and a Master of Arts in Arab studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Karen S. Walz
Project Manager
Vision North Texas, Dallas

Walz is the project manager for Vision North Texas, a coalition of private, public and nonprofit organizations carrying out a regional visioning initiative for in Dallasâ??Fort Worth. She is also the principal in Strategic Community Solutions, a consulting firm that provides clients with creative, practical products that help build successful and sustainable communities.

Walz was inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2006. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and commendations, including Dallas' highest urban design honor, the Kessler Award. She was selected as honorary member of the Texas Society of Architects and American Institute of Architects, Dallas and Fort Worth.

Walz received a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in environmental earth sciences from Stanford University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

 

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