SOURCE: City of San Jose, California

October 08, 2008 18:41 ET

CEOs for Cities President and CEO Carol Coletta to Discuss "The Next Generation City" and Set Stage for President-Elect National Challenge

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2008) -

WHAT:   The Great Cities Speaker Series will present Carol Coletta
        discussing, "The Next Generation City," an evening event that looks
        at how local leaders and activist citizens can capitalize on a
        number of positive trends shaping cities today. In particular,
        Coletta will explore the importance of developing next generation
        cities that respond to the new realities of a knowledge economy.
        It also will examine how cities that want to thrive in this economy
        need to excel in developing, maximizing and retaining talent,
        fostering innovation and entrepreneurship and linking people with
        ideas to talent, capital and markets, cities to regions and regions
        to the global world while capitalizing on local differences to
        build economic opportunity.

WHY:    Two days after the Presidential election, CEOs for Cities will
        convene in Chicago for a special meeting to challenge the
        President-elect and his transition team to establish a new era of
        cooperation between the Federal government and America's cities. At
        a national press conference during the November 6 meeting, urban
        leaders will lay out a national agenda that seeks a collaborative
        working relationship with the federal government.  The October 9
        presentation will provide an opportunity to hear how large city
        leaders across the country will be advancing a national urban
        agenda during very challenging times.

WHO:    The evening presentation will feature:
        --  Carol Coletta, president of CEOs for Cities
        --  Connie Martinez, executive director and co-founder, 1stACT
            Silicon Valley
        --  Kim Walesh, chief strategist, City of San Jose

WHEN:   6:00 p.m. Presentation
        7:00 p.m. Reception
        Thursday, October 9
        Both the presentation and the reception are free.  Reservations are

WHERE:  Le Petit Trianon Theater, 72 N. 5th Street, in Downtown San Jose


Produced by San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs, 1stACT Silicon Valley and the Commonwealth Club of California, the Great Cities Speakers Series engages residents, and business and civic leaders as well as those who will be directly impacted by the evolution of the Envision San Jose General Plan 2040 -- the key planning document that will guide San Jose's growth, character, and service ambitions over the next 10-30 years. This series of monthly public lectures is designed to provoke thought, discussion and imagination about the city of the future and to bring important outside perspectives to local and regional efforts on civic planning, culture, art and design. The lectures are free. The Great Cities Speaker Series is also supported by the American Institute of Architects - Santa Clara Valley Chapter, the American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter - Northern Section, the Fairmont Hotel San Jose, the San Jose Repertory Theater and the San Jose State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Contact Information

  • Contact
    Steven Brewster
    San Jose Office of Economic Development
    (415) 577-8851 mobile
    Email Contact

    Brendan Rawson
    1stACT Silicon Valley
    (408) 200-2020 ext. 105
    Email Contact