On December 16, the Brick Industry Association and the Baltimore/Washington Brick Distributor Council will be hosting “The Economic Impact of Development on Communities at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.  The seminar will be worth 3 AIA Learning Unit Hours HSW or 3 AICP CM Learning Units as a series of three speakers address the following topics:

Smart Growth and the Economic and Fiscal Health of Communities
Chris Zimmerman
Vice President for Economic Development
Smart Growth America

Communities around the nation are always concerned about their fiscal and economic health. Economic health means the general economic well-being of the community: How does new growth and development add to or detract from the creation of jobs, wealth, retail sales, economic competitiveness, and fiscal sustainability? Fiscal health refers to a local government’s bottom line: Does the life-cycle cost of new development—upfront infrastructure, ongoing service provision, and eventual repair and maintenance—cost more to the town than it brings in tax revenue? The choices that a community makes about its pattern of development through its land use and transportation policies profoundly impact the potential for its growth and prosperity. It also impacts the cost of providing government services and the associated level of taxation. Bear in mind that the nation’s demographics are changing in a way that is profoundly affecting the housing market. The formula for economic growth is also changing to be driven by the emergence of the “knowledge economy” and the importance of professional talent, all while the long-term costs of suburban development patterns for infrastructure and service provision remain high. In the twenty-first century, all three of these factors must be taken into account in community decision making.

The City of the Future
Brooks Rainwater
Director, City Solutions and Applied Research Center
National League of Cities

The city of the future is a nexus where political will, policy choices, and community engagement combine to create an atmosphere that is ripe for innovation and experimentation. Given the transforming nature of the global economy, innovation is increasingly being seen as a phenomenon with its own geographic and physical manifestation within communities. From innovation districts helping to reshape swaths of the built environment of cities to the sharing economy creating new typologies for urban economics, the city is the key connector. This presentation will cover the centrality of cities and the land use implications from increased urbanization and changing transit patterns, with the goals of achieving increased levels of connectivity, collaboration, and innovation in this urban century.

Sticking to the Plan
Julie Pastor
Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning

Over the last 25 years, Loudoun County has faced the challenges of a small, rural farm community of 86,000 people evolving into the fastest-growing, wealthiest county in the country. Today it is home to more than 350,000 people and hosts a significant share of Northern Virginia’s job growth and the Washington Dulles International Airport. The County’s policy documents have helped to shape the design of its communities by encouraging well-defined neighborhoods and have helped ensure the realization of a vibrant rural economy. This lecture will highlight how the planning concepts and policies embraced by Loudoun for rural preservation, neo-traditional design, new urbanism, transit-oriented development, mixed-use development, and the integration of the natural and cultural resources into a unified green infrastructure strategy have provided lasting economic and social  benefits in the community.

Also included will be a tour of the National Building Museum along with a lunch and networking opportunity to wrap up the day.

Register now at www.gobrick.com/NBMevent about the seminar, or contact Kelly Ewell at kewell@bia.org or 703-674-1544 for more information.