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Mile High Connects: Landmark Partnership Launches Equity Atlas - Tool to Link Resident’s Transit Access to Opportunity, Affordability and Higher Quality of Life for all

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Mile High Connects: Landmark Partnership Launches Equity Atlas—a Tool to Link Resident’s Transit Access to Opportunity, Affordability and Higher Quality of Life for all Metro Denver Residents

Mayor Michael Hancock will speak about why transit matters to the Metro Denver region, including access to housing, health, education and jobs
Tuesday, April 10th, 8:00am-12:00pm

WHAT: Mile High Connects, a collaborative of 20 private, philanthropic and nonprofit partners, will host a panel of local experts to discuss the role expanded mass transit plays in housing, jobs, education and health in the Metro Denver region. Mile High Connects will also release a comprehensive study examining demographics, education, employment, health care and housing benefits in relation to the expansion of the transit system in the Denver Metro region. The study, called the Regional Equity Atlas, exposes the challenges and opportunities that the FasTracks expansion creates in our region. Nationally renowned speaker and author Dr. Manuel Pastor will offer the keynote address.

WHEN:     Tuesday, April 10 from 8:00am – 12:00pm
Speakers available to the media from 11:00am-12:00pm
(Please see complete agenda below)

WHERE:    Denver Art Museum, Ponti Hall
100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway

WHO: Event speakers will include:
Mayor Michael Hancock
Dr. Manuel Pastor, Author and Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California
Tom Gougeon, Gates Family Foundation
Lisa Davis, Ford Foundation
Melinda Pollack, Enterprise Community Partners
Shelley Poticha, HUD

                     Panelists will include:
                     Kelly Brough, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
                     Anne Warhover, Colorado Health Foundation
                         Susana Cordova, Denver Public Schools
                         Gene Myers, New Town Builders

 ***AGENDA BELOW***
Connecting to Opportunity:
Presentation of Research Findings from Access to Opportunity Analysis of Metro Denver Regional Transit System
Mile High Connects
April 10th, 2012, 8:00 am – 12:00
Ponti Hall, Denver Museum of Art

8:00     Registration & Light Breakfast
8:30     Welcome and Introduction of Mile High Connects – Tom Gougeon, President, Gates Family Foundation
8:40        Remarks by the Ford Foundation – Lisa Davis, Program Officer, Ford Foundation
8:50        Keynote Speaker, the National Context – Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor, American Studies & Ethnicity, and Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; Director, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration
9:20        The Story of the Metro Denver Region, a presentation of the regional equity atlas – Melinda Pollack, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners
9:45        Why Transit Matters to the Denver Metro Region – Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City and County of Denver
10:00     Respondents Panel – facilitated by Shelley Poticha, Director for Office of Sustainable                     Housing and Communities, HUD

  •     Jobs - Kelly Brough, President and CEO of Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  •     Health - Anne Warhover, President and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation
  •     Education - Susanna Cordova, Chief Academic Officer, Denver Public Schools
  •     Housing - Gene Myers, President and CEO of New Town Builders

10:45     Question and Answer – Shelley Poticha and Tom Gougeon
11:00     What is your story? Table Top Discussions – facilitated by Mile High Connects and PlaceMatters
11:45    Closing Reflections – Shelley Poticha and Manuel Pastor
12:00    Departure

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