The importance of infrastructure investment

The importance of infrastructure investment

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Our cities are poised to embark on the largest new infrastructure investment since the 1960s. The confluence of federal funding and the growing urgency to address issues of climate change and environmental justice is creating an opportunity important to those who shape the public realm. This opening session will explore how to prioritize community environmental and social needs in infrastructure revitalization and development.

About the High Line Network

Brought to you by the High Line, The High Line Network is a group of infrastructure reuse projects and the people who help bring them to life. As cities become denser and land for traditional parks becomes scarce, residents are finding creative ways to bring green space to their neighborhoods. High Line network projects transform underutilized infrastructure into new urban landscapes. Redefining what a park can be, these hybrid spaces are also public squares, open-air museums, botanical gardens, social service organizations, footbridges, transit corridors, and more.

The High Line Network is a program of High Line, the non-profit organization that founded, funds and maintains High Line Park in New York City. The High Line leads the Network in close collaboration with the project leaders.

Visit the network’s website to learn more about our work and current network members: network.thehighline.org

About the Forward Spaces Symposium

Forward Spaces is the biennial meeting of the High Line Network. This year, the symposium brings together more than 60 project leaders, board members and community partners from infrastructure reuse projects in group and one-on-one conversations with thought leaders, academics and practitioners over three days. in Miami, Florida.

Speakers

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Oscar Perry AbelloSenior Economics Correspondent, NextCity

Oscar is Next City’s senior economics correspondent. He previously served as editor of Next City from 2018-2019 and was a Next City Equitable Cities Fellow from 2015-2016. Since 2011, Oscar has covered community development finance, community banking, impact investing , economic development, housing and more for the media. outlets such as Shelterforce, B Magazine, Impact Alpha and Fast Company.

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Teri Williams, President and COO, OneUnited Bank

Teri Williams is President and COO and owner of OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest black-owned bank and a supporter of the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack movement. She is responsible for the Bank’s strategic initiatives, as well as day-to-day operations, including all retail branches, marketing, compliance, lending, information technology, customer support, legal resources and human. Ms. Williams brings 30 years of expertise in financial services, including at Bank of America and American Express, where she was one of the youngest vice presidents. Ms. Williams holds an MBA with honors from Harvard University and a BA with honors in economics from Brown University.

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Teri WilliamsPresident and COO, OneUnited Bank

Teri Williams is President and COO and owner of OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest black-owned bank and a supporter of the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack movement. She is responsible for the Bank’s strategic initiatives, as well as day-to-day operations, including all retail branches, marketing, compliance, lending, information technology, customer support, legal resources and human. Ms. Williams brings 30 years of expertise in financial services, including at Bank of America and American Express, where she was one of the youngest vice presidents. Ms. Williams holds an MBA with honors from Harvard University and a BA with honors in economics from Brown University.

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