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Governance of Metropolitan Areas – Learning from Europe and the US

The event brings together a panel of experts who will exchange ideas on the challenges that are facing our metropolitan areas.

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This half-day workshop and panel discussion will focus on the strategic management and governance of large metropolitan areas, including the economic, environmental, social and demographic challenges they face. The role of local government in responding to these challenges and promoting and leading the economic and community development within their ‘administrative area’ will be a central theme of the discussion. With panel experts from Switzerland and the United States – academics from urban planning, management, non-profit urban planning organizations, and a regional planning agency – the discussion will allow a comparison to be made between the approaches taken towards metropolitan governance from a North American and a European perspective, with a focus on the San Francisco and Zürich regional areas.

The workshop will run from 2.15 pm to 4 pm, followed by a networking event until 5 pm.

High profile speakers for the event include:

  • Carmen Walker Späh, Government Councillor, Head of Department for Economic Affairs Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Karen Chapple, Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Dr. Reto Steiner, Professor and Dean, ZHAW School of Management and Law, Switzerland
  • Michael Künzle, Mayor of Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission San Francisco, USA
  • Egon Terplan, Regional Planning Director, SPUR, USA
  • Guglielmo Brentel, President of Zurich Tourism, Switzerland

Please register online till Friday, October 19th.
Download programm here.