2016 Conference

The 22nd annual conference of the Growth & Infrastructure Consortium will be held in Denver, CO on October 12-14, 2016 at the Downtown Embassy Suites.  The theme of this year’s conference is “The Intersection of Infrastructure and Technology.”

Program.  The preliminary conference program is available.  Sessions address 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.

Registration.  Conference registration fee is $275 before September 7, $350 thereafter, and $75 for students.  Planners will be able to earn up to 11.25 AICP certification maintenance hours. Registration includes a Wednesday evening reception, lunch on Thursday and Friday, Thursday dinner, and morning coffee/afternoon snacks. Those staying at the Embassy Suites can take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary hot breakfast.  Click here to register.

Hotel.  The special conference rate at the Embassy Suites is $179/night ($205.40 with tax).  Reservations at the conference hotel come with complimentary hot breakfast, evening receptions and free wi-fi (if you sign up for Hilton Honors while booking – all you have to do is pick a password).  Click on the registration link above and then on the lodging tab to make a hotel reservation at the conference rate, which is good until September 21 or until the room block is filled, whichever comes first.

Transportation.  Parking at the Embassy Suites is valet only at $40/day ($20/day with the conference room rate and $25 overnight).  The hotel does not operate an airport shuttle, but it is easily accessible by transit from the airport.  The Embassy Suites is connected to Union Station via Denver’s Mall Ride, a 10-minute bus ride that runs every three minutes during the day. Union Station provides a direct new rail line to the airport starting in late April, as well as many other transit connections to the region.

Sponsors.  We rely on our sponsors to keep the conference affordable.  Sponsors get enhanced visibility by having their logo displayed on boards in the registration area, and on the conference program and website.  We offer three sponsorship levels:

For businesses, Platinum sponsors ($1,500) receive two complimentary registrations, Gold sponsors ($750) receive one complimentary registration, and Silver sponsors ($500) receive no complimentary registrations.

For academic institutions, Platinum sponsors ($750) receive three complimentary registrations, Gold sponsors ($375) receive two complimentary registration, and Silver sponsors ($250) receive one complimentary registration.  Note that academic sponsorships offer what are essentially discounted registration fees to encourage participation from academics to inform our attendees on the latest scholarly research.

To be a sponsor for the 2016 conference, follow the instructions on the sponsorship form.

Previous Conferences

Go to the “Conferences” tab at the top of the page to access information about prior conferences, including agendas and proceedings

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. In recognition of a growing interest in expanding the scope beyond the subject of just impact fees, the name was changed to Growth & Infrastructure Consortium in 2010.