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Round Table | Lessons in Public Leadership: A Conversation with Mayors Joe Riley and Tom Murphy (Members Only)

October 12, 2017
8:00 am - 9:30 am
RTP Headquarters
12 Davis Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC United States
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The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr. first became Mayor of Charleston in 1975 and presided over an incredible renaissance in the city for the next 41 years. A former president of the U.S Conference of Mayors, Mayor Riley is nationally recognized as a leader in urban design and livability issues. Under Mayor Riley’s leadership, Charleston realized a substantial decrease in crime, a revitalized historic downtown district, development of a highly successful waterfront park, increased supply of affordable housing, and the dramatic growth in its Spoleto Festival U.S.A., a world-class arts festival held each spring. Mayor Riley will share insights into the many factors that contributed to these successes, including the use of innovative public-private partnerships.

Before joining ULI, the Honorable Tom Murphy served three terms as Mayor of Pittsburgh, from 1994 through 2005. During that time, he initiated a public/private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh. Mayor Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail, and public uses, and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and parks. Mayor Murphy will share thoughts on both his efforts to transform an historically industrial city into a modern urban environment and will lead the discussion with Mayor Riley.

Join us for a conversation with these two highly impactful public leaders to discuss lessons in civic leadership and the challenges of urban revitalization including affordable housing, equitable opportunities and sector diversity.


7:30 – 8:00 a.m.  Check-In
8:00 – 9:30  Program


Members Only
Free of charge; Registration required

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October 10, 2017

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