Living Cities’ Catalytic Convenings are events that provide Living Cities’ membership with the opportunity to learn more about the emerging ideas and trends in cities as well as craft shared strategies and frameworks that can build on and accelerate these trends. By engaging existing and potential partners from the public, private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors, these strategic forums facilitate the exchange of information from diverse perspectives and allow members to build relationships with a broader range of actors needed to create transformative change in America’s cities.
Integration Initiative Symposium
In July 2011, Living Cities convened White House officials and 30 key staff representing 10 federal agencies, including Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Small Business Administration, to discuss ways the federal government can better utilize CDFIs in revitalizing America’s cities. The event, co-sponsored by the CDFI Fund, also provided an opportunity to discuss the approach the Integration Initiative is taking in cities, the role that CDFIs are playing, and opportunities for federal agencies to better align their work with that of Living Cities.
Catalytic Convening with CEQ
In March 2011, Living Cities held its first 'catalytic convening' in partnership with MacArthur Foundation and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to identify and bring together leaders working to accelerate retrofits in commercial and multifamily properties with a special focus on how to more fully engage utilities. After about 4 weeks of talking to leading players, we identified 150 people from utilities, lenders, investors, large owners of commercial and multifamily properties, funders, ESCO's (energy services companies) and local market makers, like our retrofit grantees, trying to build retrofit systems around the country.