LOCUS Leadership Summit

P3 is for Partnerships, Placemaking, and Policy

April 23-25, 2017
National Press Club, Washington DC


Register for the 2017 LOCUS Leadership Summit

Across the country, real estate developers, city leaders, and transportation professionals are working to create vibrant, walkable neighborhoods. What makes these places successful? What partnerships are necessary, and what role can public policy play?

Join us as we discuss all these questions and more at the 2017 LOCUS Leadership Summit: P3 is for Partnerships, Placemaking, and Policy, taking place on April 23rd-25th, 2017 in Washington, DC.

This two-day conference is open to real estate developers, investors, and advocates as well as local elected leaders from across the country. The 2017 Summit will explore the themes of partnerships, placemaking, and policy change, particularly as they relate to transit-oriented development, walkable cities, retrofitting suburban neighborhoods, and community engagement.

Join the event to:

  • LEARN about the latest policy strategies and financing ideas
  • CONNECT with like-minded professionals working on walkable development
  • NETWORK with developers and elected officials from other cities
  • EXPLORE new development projects in Washington, DC with the people who making them happen.

This year’s Leadership Summit will be taking place at an unusual and exciting time in Washington. We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a dynamic and engaging event.


Some of the nation’s leaders in walkable development and real estate will be joining the event, including:

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Sunday, April 23

5:00 – 6:30 PM: LOCUS Steering Committee Meeting

6:30 – 8:30 PM: President’s Reception & Dinner (Tickets Required)

Monday, April 24

National Press Club – 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC

7:30 AM: Registration

8:00 AM: Networking and Deal-Making Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 AM: Welcome

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Opening Plenary

10:30 – 11:25 AM: From Distressed to Promising: Addressing today’s challenges to
Neighborhood-level Economic Development and Placemaking

11:30 – 12:30 PM: Breakout Sessions

12:30 – 1:25 PM: Networking Lunch

3:30 – 4:30 PM: Off-the-Record session: Developer & Local Leader Roundtable

Tuesday, April 25

LOCUS Federal Real Estate Policy Forum
Location: SR-325 (Russell 325/Kennedy Caucus Room),
Senate Office Building, US Capitol
Washington, DC

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Networking Breakfast

9:30 – 11:00 AM: Bringing the Real Estate Market Industry to the Hill

10:15 – 11:00 AM: Transforming Communities Now – The Role of Federal Policy on
Local Catalytic Development Success Stories

11:15 – 12:15 PM: Closing Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Thank you to our sponsors:


Made possible by the LOCUS Steering Committee:

Want to showcase your work to the region’s leading local elected officials and smart growth developers? A variety of sponsorship levels and opportunities are available at each LOCUS Leadership Summit.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities >>

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The 2017 LOCUS Leadership Summit took place April 24th, 2017 at the historic National Press Club in Washington, DC, bringing together responsible real estate developers, investors, transportation professionals, and local leaders from across the country to talk about obstacles and opportunities in building walkable neighborhoods served by transit. The Summit was also a chance for members of Smart Growth America’s LOCUS coalition, Local Leaders Council, and TOD Peer Network to meet one another and collaborate.

Throughout the two and a half days of events, we were fascinated to learn about projects under way across the country, and to meet people putting these ideas into action. On behalf of the staff at Smart Growth America, thank you to everyone who joined us at this year’s Summit. We look forward to continuing this conversation in the months to come and seeing you again next year.

This recap barely encompasses the breadth of conversations and ideas that were shared during the Summit. You can view more photos of the event on Flickr. Get the full blog post recap here, as well as speaker presentations.