Summer 2017 Meeting

Thank you to everyone that joined us! All presentations and Briefing Book materials, as well as information about the attendees and our sponsors, are below.

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Presentations and Briefing Book


Josiah Rich, MD, Brown University [Video]
Brian Lowe, Burlington VT [Video]
Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca NY [Video]


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A Prescription for Action: Local Leadership in Ending the Opioid Crisis, National League of Cities and National Association of Counties, October 15th, 2016. Read more.

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD):Reducing the Role of Criminalization in Local Drug Control, Drug Policy Alliance, February 1st, 2016. Read more.

Supervised Consumption Services, Drug Policy Alliance, March 1st, 2017. Read more.

The Ithaca Plan: A Public Health and Safety Approach to Drugs and Drug Policy, City of Ithaca, NY, February 1st, 2016. Read more.

When Opioid Addicts Find an Ally in Blue, Al Baker, The New York Times, June 12th, 2017. Read more.

Teamwork: Law enforcement, social workers join to combat opiate crisis, Morgan True, VT Digger, June 20th, 2017. Read more.

SF library workers may get training to save heroin addicts’ lives, Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, March 19th, 2017. Read more.

City Council Passes Bill to Coordinate Drug Strategy Between Dozens of Departments and the Community, Drug Policy Alliance, April 14th, 2017. Read more.

Cambridge may put anti-overdose drug in public boxes, Steve Annear and Felice J. Freyer, The Boston Globe, May 10th, 2017. Read more.

Fentanyl Is So Deadly That It’s Changing How First Responders Do Their Jobs, Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, May 15th, 2017. Read more.

Philly plans 24-hour ‘walk-in’ center for drug users in crisis, Don Sapatkin,, May 2nd, 2017. Read more.

Addicts Need Help. Jails Could Have the Answer., Sam Quinones, The New York Times, June 16th, 2017. Read more.


Victoria Brown, US Department of Housing and Urban Development [Video]
Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, VT [Video]
Ben Winter, Los Angeles, CA [Video]
Katie Sheehy, Seattle, WA [Video]


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Understanding Exclusionary Zoning and Its Impact on Concentrated Poverty, Elliott Anne Rigsby, The Century Foundation, June 23rd, 2016. Read more.

One of the best ways to fight inequality in cities: zoning, Daniel Hertz, The Washington Post, August 13th, 2014. Read more.

Less segregated communities aren’t only more inclusive.  They’re more prosperous, Mark Treskon, Urban Institute, March 28th, 2017. Read more.

Housing Development Toolkit, The White Hosue, September 1st, 2016. Read more.

Ballot item could reshape Burlington, Joel Banner Baird, Burlington Free Press, November 3rd, 2016. Read more.

Ballot Measure HHH, Bianca Barragan, Curbed LA, October 11th, 2016. Read more.

Proposed ordinance 22.140.640: Accessory dwelling units, City of Los Angeles, CA, November 17th, 2016. Read more.

Resolution 31577, City of Seattle, April 17th, 2015. Read more.

Resolution 31752, City of Seattle, August 2nd, 2017. Read more.

Planning for Social Equity, Kathleen McCormick, Land Lines, The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, February 1st, 2017. Read more.

Equitable Development as a Tool to Advance Racial Equity, Government Alliance on Racial Equity, September 1st, 2015. Read more.

Cities at Work: Progressive Local Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class, Create Affordable Housing, Joel Rogers and Satya Rhodes-Conway, COWS, February 1st, 2014. Read more.

Incentive Policy for Affordable Housing, City of Flagstaff, AZ, October 1st, 2009. Read more.

6 Ways Affordable Housing Developers Are Fighting NIMBYism, Amanda Abrams, Next City, July 17th, 2017. Read more.

Cities at Work: Progressive Local Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class, Fair Housing, Joel Rogers and Satya Rhodes-Conway, COWS, February 1st, 2014. Read more.

Density Without Demolition, Stephanie Meeks, Citylab, June 11th, 2017. Read more.


Chuck Wexler, Police Executive Research Forum [Video]
Chief Brandon del Pozo, Burlington VT [Video]
Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo OH [Video]


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Guiding Principles on use of Force, Police Executive Research Forum, March 1st, 2016. Read more.

President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Implementation Guide, Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, October 27th, 2015. Read more.

A Strategic Resource for Mayors on Police-Involved Shootings and In-Custody Deaths, Cities United, Resources SeriesRead more.

7 Ways City Leaders Can Address Racial Inequalities, Leon Andrews, National League of Cities, July 8th, 2016. Read more.

Mindful Policing: The Future of Force, Barry Yeoman, Mindful, June 14th, 2017. Read more.

What does actual police reform look like? More training and more oversight, Charles Blain, The Hill, July 5th, 2017.

Burlington police will better reflect city’s diversity, Jess Aloe, Burlington Free Press, December 28th, 2016. Read more.

Community Conversation and Other Efforts to Strengthen Police-Community Relations in 49 Cities, US Conference of Mayors, August 10th, 2016.

Policing the Police: Get to Know Your Civilian Police Review Board, Sean Nestor, Toledo City Paper, April 18th, 2017. Read more.

Press Release: Mayor Brown Launches BPD21C, City of Buffalo, NY, October 19th, 2015. Read more.

Project PEACE-Connecting with the Community Pillar by Pillar, T.C. Broadnax, International Association of Chiefs of Police, October 7th, 2016. Read more.

LMPD realigning staff; creating full-time SWAT and Community Policing divisions, City of Louisville, KY, September 16th, 2016. Read more.

Police social workers? Salt Lake City’s unusual program has scores of success stories, Matthew Piper, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 28th, 2017. Read more.


Steve Nicholas, Institute for Sustainable Communities [Video]
Neale Lunderville, Burlington Electric [Video]
Mayor Wade Troxell, Fort Collins CO [Video]


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Zero Net Energy Communities: Three Cities Leading the Way, Betty Seto, et al, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, June 1st, 2016. Read more.

Pathways to 100: An Energy Supply Transformation Primer for U.S. Cities, Meister Consultants Group, May 8th, 2017. Read more.

A New Way Forward: Envisioning a Transportation System without Carbon Pollution, Tony Dutzik and Alana Miller, Frontier Group, May 1st, 2016. Read more.

An Award-Winning Efficiency Program in Fort Collins, Colorado, Laurie Guevara-Stone, RMI Outlet, June 21st, 2017. Read more.

Burlington promotes e-buses as important part of net-zero plan, VermontBiz, April 18th, 2017. Read more.

Burlington Electric launches EV rebate incentive program, VermontBiz, May 30th, 2017. Read more.

Cities can go completely renewable-and here’s how, David Hatch, Citiscope, June 28th, 2017. Read more.

Zero net energy ordinance coming to a city near you, Fereidoon Sioshansi, One Step Off the Grid, April 20th, 2017. Read more.

Bay Area Suburb Mandates Solar Panels on New Homes, Nithin Coca, Triple Pundit, May 15th, 2017. Read more.

Portland Makes 100 Percent Clean Energy Pledge, Kelsey E. Thomas, Next City, April 12th, 2017. Read more.

Seattle mayor unveils comprehensive plan to electrify transportation in city, improve air quality, Kurt Schlosser, GeekWire, March 10th, 2016. Read more.

When a Red State Mayor Goes Green, Meredith Rutland Bauer, Citylab, May 3rd, 2017. Read more.

Climate Positive 2040, Salt Lake City, UT, March 1st, 2017. Read more.

The City of Spokane Celebrates Net Zero Energy Consumption, Jessica Fisher, City of Spokane, WA, April 21st, 2017. Read more.


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Why does Donald Trump demonize cities?, Will Wilkinson, The Washington Post, March 17th, 2017. Read more.

Why Trump’s Budget Terrifies America’s Mayors, Aidan Quigley, Politico Mag, April 24th, 2017. Read more.

Trump administration pulls health law help n 18 cities, including Chicago, Orlando, Carla Johnson, Chicago Tribune, July 20th, 2017. Read more.

Trump’s war on sanctuary cities has begun, Dara Lind, Vox, July 26th, 2017. Read more.

Trump promised to end the opioid epidemic. He could be making it worse., German Lopez, Vox, May 17th, 2017. Read more.

The head of the Census Bureau just quit, and the consequences are huge, Alexia Fernandez, Vox, May 11th, 2017. Read more.

Midsize and Small Cities Have Important Role in Saving Federal Transit Funding, Josh Cohen, Next City, April 17th, 2017. Read more.

President’s Budget Threatens Cities’ Ability to Act on Environmental & Infrastructure Issues, Paul Konz, National League of Cities, April 17th, 2017. Read more.

When Cities Fought the Feds Over Apartheid, Brentin Mock, Citylab, May 24th, 2017. Read more.

These Cities Aren’t Waiting for Trump to Self-Destruct. They’re Fighting Back Now., Jimmy Tobias, The Nation, May 31st, 2017. Read more.

Seattle City Council approves income tax on rich, but quick legal challenge likely, Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, July 10th, 2017. Read more.

Attorney General’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Orders are ‘Irrelevant’ in Philadelphia, Brentin Mock, Citylab, July 25th, 2017. Read more.

Map Shows Growing U.S. ‘Climate Rebellion’ Against Trump, Michael Greshko, National Geographic, June 8th, 2017. Read more.

The United Cities of America, Richard Florida, Citylab, April 25th, 2017. Read more.

Adria Finch, Syracuse NY [Video]
Mayor Lucy Vinis, Eugene OR [Video]
Thomas Miller, Bloomington IN [Video]
Sam Edelstein, Syracuse NY [Video]
Mayor Pam Hemminger, Chapel Hill NC [Video]
Former Mayor Mike Kasperzak, Mountain View CA [Video]
Mayor Suzanne Jones, Boulder CO [Video]
Mayor Joseph McElveen, Sumter SC [Video]
Mayor Steven Skadron, Aspen CO [Video]
Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington VT [Video]
Vice Mayor Thomas Small, Culver City CA [Video]


Beth Anderson, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Burlington, VT
Ras  Baraka , Mayor , City of Newark, NJ
Susannah Bartlett, Analytics Coordinator, Office of Innovation, City of Syracuse, NY
Dona Bate, City Councilor, City of Montpelier, VT
Joey Bergstein, Chief Operating Officer, Seventh Generation
Scott Bernstein, Founder and Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Dave Bieter, Mayor, City of Boise, ID
Jim  Blair, Sales Representative, CityBase Inc
Rosalynn Bliss, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Garrett Brinker, Product Manager, Neighborly
Victoria Brown, Senior Advisor, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Shawn Burke, Deputy Chief, Burlington Police Dept
Bill Carpenter, Mayor, City of Brockton, MA
Chris Clark, Councilmember & Former Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
Constance Crisp, Training & Special Projects Coordinator, Burlington Police Dept
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor, City of Somerville, MA
Mary Danko, Library Director, Fletcher Free Library-Burlington,VT
Richard Deane, East District City Councilor, City of Burlington, VT
Brandon del Pozo, Chief of Police, Burlington Police Department
Kelly Devine, President, Burlington Business Association
Jim Donchess, Mayor, City of Nashua, NH
Tarsi Dunlop, Program and Membership Associate, Local Progress
Casey  Earp, Engagement Manager, Bang the Table
Sam  Edelstein, Chief Data Officer, City of Syracuse, NY
Shonte Eldridge, Chief – Mayor’s Office of Strategy & Technology , City of Baltimore, MD
Adria Finch, Director of Innovation, City of Syracuse, NY
Eric Fowler, Crime Analyst, Burlington Police Dept
Kassandra  Frederique, Director , Drug Policy Alliance
George  Fuller , Mayor , City of McKinney, TX
Elizabeth Gamache, Mayor, City of St. Albans, VT
Pegeen Hanrahan, Southeast Urban Parks Finance Director, The Trust for Public Land
Pam Hemminger, Mayor, Town of Chapel Hill, NC
Paula Hicks-Hudson, Mayor, City of Toledo, OH
John Hollar, Mayor, City of Montpelier, VT
Justin Holmes, Director, Corporate Communications and Public Policy, Zipcar
Brion Houston, Exective Assistant to Chief of Police, Burlington Police Dept
James Irwin, Associate Director, Mayors Innovation Project
Liz Jellema, Vice President of Civic Engagement, CityBase Inc
Suzanne Jones, Mayor, City of Boulder, CO
Robin Jones, Senior Vice President, Socrata
Mike Kanarick, Manager of Customer Care and Communications, Burlington Electric Department
Matt  Kaplan , Community Affairs Manager, Lyft, Inc.
Mike Kasperzak, Former Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
Michael Kerr, Manager, Office of Strategy, Innovation, and Performance, City of Portland, OR
Eric Kratochvil, Policy Analyst, Burlington Police Dept
Alex Krughoff, Solution Architect, Socrata
Thom Lauzon, Mayor, City of Barre, Vermont
Samantha Linnett, Innovation Program Coordinator, City of Syracuse, NY
Brian Lowe, Chief of Staff, City of Burlington, VT
Neale Lunderville, General Manager, Burlington Electric Department
Chris  Lyon, Manager of Mission Impact, Seventh Generation
Noelle MacKay, Director, Community & Economic Development Office, City of Burlington, VT
Greg Marchildon, State Director, AARP Vermont
Nick Mastronardi, CEO, Polco
Eric McCarthy, SVP, Government Relations, Public Policy and Legal Affairs, Proterra
Joseph McElveen, Mayor, City of Sumter, SC
James McIntyre, Head of Public Finance, Neighborly
Bill McKibben, Author & Co-founder,,
Cameron  McLay, Senior Advisor PwC, Pittsburgh Chief of Police, ret.
Thomas Miller, Director of Innovation, City of Bloomington, IN
Emily Miota, Outreach Specialist, Mayors Innovation Project
Paul Monette, Mayor, City of Newport, VT
Luis Montestruque, Presdient, EmNet
Everton Morris, Deputy Executive Director, African American Mayors Association
Patrick Mulligan, Assistant Director – Parking & Traffic, City of Burlington, VT
Svante Myrick, Mayor, City of Ithaca, NY
Michael Nargi, SVP, Solutions , SeeClickFix
Steve Nicholas, Vice President for US Programs, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Matt  Novak, VP Business Development, CityBase Inc
Shibeal O’ Flaherty, Program Administrator, Harvard Behavioral Insights Group
Pam O’Connor, Councilmember & Former Mayor, City of Santa Monica, CA
Alisa O’Hanlon, Government Relations, City of Tacoma, WA
Ashley Orgain, Director, Mission Advocacy and Engagement, Seventh Generation
Amber Pence, Intergovernmental Affairs Director, City of Boise, ID
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project
Josiah D. (Jody) Rich, MD., MPH, Attending Physician & Infectious Disease Specialist, The Miriam Hospital, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown University – Medical School
Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Adam Roof, City Councilor , City of Burlington, VT
Ken Rosenberg, Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
Nina Safavi, Parks Planner/Interim Director, City of Burlington, VT
Katherine Saucier, Special Assistant to the Mayor, City of New Bedford, MA
Gabriel Scheer, Director of Strategic Development, LimeBike
Benjamin Seigel, Executive Director, 21st Century Cities Initiative
Joan Shannon, City Councilor, City of Burlington, VT
Katie Sheehy, Senior Planner, City of Seattle, WA
Steven Skadron, Mayor, City of Aspen, CO
Marjorie Sloan, Mayor, City of Golden, CO
Thomas Small, Vice-Mayor, City of Culver City, CA
Amy Snow-Buckner, Assistant to the Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Paul Soglin, Mayor , City of Madison, WI
Darren Springer, Chief Operating Officer, Burlington Electric Department
Skye  Stewart, Chief of Staff, City of Somerville, MA
Kelly Stoddard Poor, Associate State Director, AARP Vermont
Katya Szabados, Senior Outreach Associate, Mayors Innovation Project
Jim Throgmorton, Mayor, City of Iowa City, IA
Wade Troxell, Mayor, City of Fort Collins, CO
Katie Vane, Mayoral Communications & Projects Coordinator, City of Burlington
Katie Vane, Communications Coordinator, City of Burlington
Lucy Vinis, Mayor, City of Eugene, OR
Zach Vruwink, Mayor, City of Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Anne Watson, City Councilor, City of Montpelier, VT
Miro Weinberger, Mayor, City of Burlington, VT
Jesse Weiss, Senior Associate, Bennett Midland
Chuck  Wexler , Executive Director , Police Executive Research Forum
Ben Winter, Housing Policy Specialist for Mayor Eric Garcetti, Office of Economic Opportunity, City of Los Angeles, CA
Jannine  Wright, Deputy Chief, Burlington Police Dept