General Session II: Planning, Building & Designing Livable Cities

Thursday, May 25, 2017 04:45 PM – 6:00 PM Grand Ballroom General Session

What makes innovative ideas a reality in our communities? Hear from Joseph P. Riley, Jr., the former Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, from 1975 – 2016. Charleston, the “World’s Best City” in 2016 per Travel + Leisure, has been enjoying a modern cultural renaissance with its noted food scene, shopping and thriving tourism.” A city is an ecosystem,” Riley says. “If your ecosystem is not healthy, then you work to restore it.” From his wealth of experiences, he will share his vision on transforming Charleston into a livable, vibrant city through strategic planning and design. Riley has enacted redevelopment projects in Charleston, including the redevelopment of the Central Business District. He has also pursued projects involving public access to the waterfront. Riley’s legacy project will be the International African American Museum, scheduled to open in 2018.

A panel discussion of current and past mayors will follow his presentation to discuss how we apply these lessons learned to our Florida communities.

PresentationJoseph P. Riley, Jr., Former Mayor, City of Charleston & Distinguished Visiting Fellow, ULI
Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa Bay
Glenda Hood, Former Mayor, City of Orlando
ModeratorCharles Bohl, Chair, ULI SE Florida/Caribbean & Director, MRED+U Program, University of Miami