September 3, 2014
In just three weeks, the Twin Cities will welcome more than one thousand speakers, facilitators and attendees from across the country to the 20th Annual Rail~Volution. This national conference brings together citizen advocates, developers, business leaders, planners, transit operators and elected officials to generate meaningful discussions on how we can use transit to create communities that are healthy, equitable, economically strong, and sustainable.
Rail~Volution will take place from Sunday, September 21 through Wednesday, September 24. Conference events will be located throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul region, with main conference activities taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Minneapolis). Pre-conference tours, keynote sessions, networking opportunities, and more than 80 workshops will address a vast range of topics and disciplines around transit and livability, such as partnerships, equitable development, advocacy and communities, and land use tactics.
The Rail~Volution board of directors selected the Twin Cities to host the 20th Annual Conference in Minnesota, saying the Twin Cities have a “compelling story to tell about transforming the region by building livable communities with transit.” Funders Collaborative members and partners have been at the forefront of this transformation, and many will be a part of sharing learning and leading conversations during the 2014 conference.
On Tuesday, September 23, the Funders Collaborative will present The Green Line = 11 Miles of Hopes, Dreams and Fears from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Music Box Theater (1407 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis). Hosted by Chuck Salter (Senior Writer, Fast Company), the story of the Green Line will be told in a unique live journalistic performance by the people who made it happen, including Kathy Mouacheupao (Cultural Corridor Coordinator, Local Initiative Support Corporation), Nancy Homans (Senior Policy Director, City of St. Paul), Christopher Ferguson (President and Chief Executive Officer, Bywater Business Solutions) and Jonathan Sage Martinson (Director, Planning and Economic Development). The event is open to the public and will be recorded live. We invite and encourage you to attend.
Other workshops featuring partners or related topics include:
- Bicycles + Investment = Community Transformation (Sunday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
- Culture Corridor: Art + Food + Transit = Placemaking (Tuesday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.)
- Northside's Communities of Color + Transit Investment (Tuesday, September 23, 10:00 am–12:30 p.m.)
- Community Engagement + Corridor Development Initiative = Results (Tuesday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.)
- Greening the METRO Green Line LRT (Tuesday, September 23, 1:00-4:30 p.m.)
2014 has been a banner year for transit in the metro area. Rail~Volution gives us the opportunity to shine a light on the great work done by so many on the Green Line, to share successes and best practices, and to continue learning from others around the country as we strive to create places of opportunity for all.