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IFMA to hold Reth!nk the City Symposium

March 13, 2013

The International Facility Management Association will host a special one-day symposium entitled Reth!nk the City from 1 to 6 p.m. (PDT), Monday, April 1, 2013 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Gold Ballroom in Los Angeles, Calif. This game-changing look at the evolving role cities play in human culture and how that impacts the role of facility management represents another significant intellectual innovation at IFMA. Admission is free, but members of the media should RSVP to the information provided below.

What: IFMA’s Reth!ink the City Symposium
When: April 1, 1 to 6 p.m. PDT.
Where: JW Marriott Live, 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif., USA 90015
How: Media should RSVP to for credentials and to arrange interviews.

“Facility managers are used to responding to the changing needs of people who occupy the buildings they oversee,” said IFMA Chair Marc S. Liciardello, CFM, MBA, CM. “As more people around the world move to cities in coming decades, it will be more important than ever for facility managers to understand their role in those cities, both as a resident and an active participant in the city’s development. Cities, like individuals and organizations, have unique personalities that shape the lives of the people who live and work in them. The Reth!ink the City Symposium will break new ground by seeking to clarify and define the relationship between facility managers and their cities.”
According to some estimates, within the next four decades, 7 billion people around the globe will live in urban conditions. That’s twice the current city population. But urban settings are not uniform – cities develop differently depending on countless variables. Understanding the differences between cities and why they matter will empower facility managers to operate proactively to respond to and drive change.
IFMA, which has earned a reputation for thought leadership, will call on expertise from a wide variety of fields and professions including:
Mayor Sam Sullivan is the founder and CEO of Global Civic Policy Society and a member of the Order of Canada, his country's highest civilian award. He served as mayor of Vancouver from 2006 to 2009 where his primary policy platform was the EcoDensity Initiative which promoted the idea of urban densification and garnered the highest award from the Canadian Institute of Planners for City Planning in 2009. As mayor, he also led the effort in preparation for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED AP, Hon.ASLA is a city planner, urban designer and professional consultant who is internationally recognized for his work in smart growth and sustainable design. He is a contributing editor to Metropolis magazine, and serves on the Sustainability Task Force of the US. Dept. of Homeland Security. He was co-author in 2000 of the landmark bestseller, "Suburban Nation," which the Wall Street Journal called “the bible of urbanists.” His latest book, "Walkable Cities," is described in the Christian Science Monitor as “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work.”
Moderator David Schleicher is an associate professor at the George Mason University School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2004, holds an MSc in sconomics from the London School of economics and graduated magna cum laude with an AB in economics and government from Dartmouth College. The Washington Monthly declared that he was “consistently” one of the “most interesting writers on land use issues.” His work was praised repeatedly in The Economist, described as “excellent” by Forbes and called ”neat” by Slate.