2017 Conference

Next year’s conference will be in Sarasota, Florida on October 18-20, 2017. Mark your calendar, and make sure you are on our email contact list to get regular updates.

Hotel, Conference Registration, and Agenda

Hotel.  The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236.  The hotel conference rate is $165 per night (about $195 with taxes and fees).  The contract is in the process of being finalized, and a link to the hotel reservation site will be provided soon.

Transportation.  For those who will drive to the conference, a hotel reservation at the Hyatt comes with complimentary self-parking (and free wi-fi).  For those flying into the Sarasota airport (SRQ), a 4-mile, 12-minute taxi ride costs about $15, and there is a convenient non-transfer bus ride that takes about 25 minutes (10-minutes of walking, 15-minute on bus).

Registration.  The conference registration fees will be $275 early, $350 regular, and $75 student.  The deadline for early registration has not been set.  Once the registration site is set up, a link will be provided.  The registration fee includes the Wednesday evening receptions, breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, and Thursday evening dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Agenda.  The conference will start with an opening reception on Wednesday evening.  Sessions will take place all day Thursday, and on Friday until about 2 pm.  There will probably be a walking tour Friday afternoon, and likely an activity in the evening for folks staying Friday night.

Planning credits.  Sessions are submitted to the American Planning Association for AICP credit, and have almost always been approved in the past.  Typically, a participant can earn 11.25 credit hours, generally including some law credit.

Call for Session Proposals

The theme for the 2017 Growth & Infrastructure conference is “Impact Fees and Infrastructure Finance:  Back to Basics in a Changing World.”  The deadline for session proposals is March 31, 2017.  Complete and submit a session proposal form.

Our intent is to renew our focus on the immediate practical concerns of impact fee practitioners, while continuing to include some content on emerging social, political, environmental, and/or technological trends affecting the long-term future of infrastructure finance.  We are aiming for a balance of roughly 75% impact fee/25% more general infrastructure issues this year.

On the “impact fee basics” side, we would like to see more topics of general relevance to most impact fee practitioners, and possibly fewer sessions focused on a single case study that may have limited applicability to most practitioners.  Some suggested topics we have been tossing around include:

  • Basic Legal Principles – An in-depth explanation of the key legal principles that underlay impact fees.
  • Impact Fee Administration – Basics – This session would provide an overview of issues involved in administering an impact fee system
  • Administrator’s Roundtable – The basics session would be followed by a roundtable session to allow more discussion about the topics.
  • Administrative Issues – This session could address several topics in greater detail, such as developer credits, alternative fee studies, annual reports, etc.
  • Eligible Expenditures – What types of improvements are eligible for impact fee expenditures and developer credits?
  • Methodology – how many basic methodologies are there, and are they all equally valid?
  • Revenue Credits – To avoid double-charging, impact fee should be reduced to account for future revenues – one of the most unclear areas of impact fee methodology.
  • Developer Credits – Lot of varying approaches and issues related to eligibility, ownership, offsets vs. reimbursements, transferability,  amount, and tracking.
  • Impact fees as Incentives – Do reduced impact fees for desired types of development have any measurable effect?
  • Impact Fee Policy – The policy arguments for and against impact fees – how to make the case.

On the “emerging trends” side, here’s a few among many possible topics that would be of interest to impact fee and other infrastructure financing practitioners:

  • Climate Change and Sea Level Rise.  This is an issue of special relevance to Florida, but also affects all of us.  Addressing this threat this requires more sustainable technology, energy sources, and infrastructure.
  • Housing Demographics.  What is the future of single-family suburban bedroom communities, both existing and on the drawing boards?  Can impact fee systems be designed to promote more sustainable development patterns in any meaningful way, or is it better to focus on the primary mission of financing infrastructure?
  • The Electronic Revolution.  On-line shopping, the sharing economy, mobile work stations, social media, automation, and increasingly powerful software tools are changing how we live, work, shop, and connect with others.  Do we need public initiatives on the lines of the rural electrification program of the New Deal to make this technology available to all Americans?  How can these new tools help us address critical infrastructure needs?

We are particularly interested in seeing more session proposals this year from public sector impact fee practitioners.  If you are not ready to propose a session, share your ideas with us.

Sponsors

We welcome corporate and academic sponsors to help keep our conference more affordable.  We offer three levels:  Platinum ($1,500, two complimentary registrations), Gold ($750, one complimentary registration), and Silver ($500).  All sponsors receive recognition on our website, in the conference area, and in the conference program. Academic sponsors pay half the rate and get an extra complimentary registration.  To sponsor the 2017 conference, fill out and submit the sponsorship guide.

We are grateful to the following sponsors of the 2016 conference for helping us keep the conference affordable:
Platinum ($1,500):   TischlerBise
Gold ($750):  NUE Urban Concepts, Raftelis, Tindale-Oliver, White & Smith, and Willdan
Academic Sponsors:  University of Florida, Georgia State University, Rutgers, and University of Connecticut

Board of Directors Election

Four positions on the GIC Board of Directors were up for election at the conference.  The four incumbents (Nilgun Kamp, Clancy Mullen, Jerry Murphy, and John Osborne) were reelected to another 2-year term.  The other nominees were Andrew Rheem and Kathleen Ball.

Conference Details

Go to the “Conferences” tab at the top of the page to access information about the 2016 and prior conferences, including agendas and proceedings (presentations and handouts).

Email List

If you would like to receive updates by e-mail, contact GIC secretary Clancy Mullen to get on our e-mail list.  You can also send him an e-mail to get off the contact list.

Listserve

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Organization History

GIC evolved out of annual informal get-togethers of impact fee administrators in Florida that began in the late 1990s.  Initially called the Impact Fee Roundtable, it grew from afternoon gatherings in local government offices to a two-day conference held in a rented venue.  The first conference to be held outside of Florida was in Phoenix in 2002, when the name was changed to the National Impact Fee Roundtable.  By this time, it had become apparent that a formal organization was required to oversee the annual conference.  The National Impact Fee Roundtable was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2004. The founding board members were Tyson Smith (chair), Charlene Gabriel (vice-chair), Clancy Mullen (secretary), Jerry Murhpy (treasurer), Rachel Arnold, Deborah Galardi, Pedro Leon, Doug Frost, and Joe Colgan.  In recognition of a growing interest in expanding the scope beyond the subject of impact fees, the name was changed to Growth & Infrastructure Consortium in 2010.