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CEOs for Cities National Workshop Announces Keynote Speakers

May 19, 2016

The CEOs for Cities National Workshop has announced its keynote speakers: Ryan Gravel, the visionary behind the Atlanta Beltline, and Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategy consultant. The workshop will take place June 26-28 in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). The workshop will explore how cities and regions seize unique opportunities and connect and collaborate across sectors, disciplines, generations and borders to make bold investments in their future. DSM was selected to host the event due to its successes in regional collaboration and community support that is unique to our region. Leaders and emerging leaders from all levels of their organization are encouraged to attend to learn and help showcase the region. DSM attendees can register for $100.

Ryan Gravel is the author of “Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities.” Gravel makes a case for how we can change the trend that many American cities and suburban residents struggle with in regards to traffic, divided neighborhoods and a non-walkable life. Gravel came up with a way to change trends in his hometown through the Atlanta Beltline project, which connects 40 diverse Atlanta neighborhoods to city schools, shopping districts and public parks.

Majora Carter is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training and placement systems. After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All, among other organizations, to carry on that work, she built on that foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.

The CEOs for Cities National Workshop will feature interactive workshops and activities focused on 21st Century crossroads encountered by regions and cities. The event will allow attendees to engage with leaders, visionaries and thought leaders from across the United States. Attendees will learn what it means to be a changemaker and the CEO of their city. Speaker topics will include public art, architecture and development, education and talent, innovation and disruption and more.

See more information and register for the workshop at CEOsForCitiesWorkshop.org.

Media inquiries should be directed to Sophia S. Ahmad at sahmad@DSMpartnership.com or (515) 286-4919.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 320 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.

About the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the parent organization of the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market the region as a visitor destination increasing economic growth and enhancing the visitor experience. The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission represent the following municipalities: Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Polk County, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.