2017 Conference

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

Agenda and Registration Fee

The venue, agenda, and registration fees have not been finalized, but the here’s what we can say about the upcoming conference based on recent history.  The early registration fee has never exceeded $275.  This typically includes a Wednesday evening reception (only event on Wednesday), and all meals Thursday and Friday.  Sessions begin Thursday morning and end mid-afternoon on Friday.

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.”  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 75% impact fee/25% more general infrastructure balance of topics 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:

  • Impact Fee Administration – the daily grind – best practices, templates
  • Impact Fee Reporting – examples of presenting the status updates of the program and how the money was used
  • Handling the Inevitable Program Audit
  • Independent Fee Studies –applicants getting creative, how to respond
  • Methodology – how many basic methodologies are there, and are they all equally valid?  do you need to provide revenue credits for historical patterns of using general funds for growth-related projects?
  • Eligible Expenditures – what types of improvements are eligible for impact fees: replacing leased buildings with owned buildings, installing sidewalks on existing streets outside of a “mobility fee,” paying debt service on existing facilities;  is an improvement needed today an existing deficiency that can’t be funded with impact fees?
  • Competitiveness – is there a rational basis for the widespread concern about what neighboring jurisdictions are charging?
  • Affordable Housing – do impact fee have a significant effect on the affordability of housing?
  • Impact fees as Incentives – do reduced impact fees for desired types of development have any measurable effect?
  • Multiple Roundtable Sessions – focused on these or similar issues of broad applicability.
  • More specialized sessions dealing with specific types of facilities, implementations, and innovations.

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?

The deadline for session proposals is March 31, 2017.  Complete and submit a session proposal form.  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.

2016 Conference

The 22nd annual conference of the Growth & Infrastructure Consortium was held in Denver, CO on October 12-14, 2016 at the Downtown Embassy Suites.  The theme of this year’s conference was “The Intersection of Infrastructure and Technology.” Sessions addressed the effects of new technologies (the sharing economy, robotic vehicles, etc.), on future infrastructure needs, the shape of future housing demand (new housing options, effects of housing loss), sustainability (measuring sustainability, water conservation), and a walking tour of Denver bike/ped/transit improvements (click on the “Conferences” tab above for more information). Planners were able to earn up to 11.25 AICP certification maintenance hours. The conference registration fee was $275 before September 23, $350 thereafter, and $75 for students.  Registration included lunch on Thursday and Friday, Thursday dinner, and morning coffee/afternoon snacks. Those staying at the conference hotel could also take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary hot breakfasts and evening receptions.

Sponsors

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, 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

For information on how to join our listserve and participate in the dialogue on infrastructure finance issues, click here.

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.