Mayor Garcia to Attend Mayors’ Institute on City Design in Oakland
2016-02-24 · By Editor
Mayor Robert Garcia heads to Oakland today for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design (MICD), a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped prepare mayors to be “the chief urban designers of their cities”.
“I’m honored to be able to participate in the Institute this year and looking forward to generating some great new ideas to help Long Beach,” Garcia said. “The level of expertise and creativity at MICD is truly phenomenal.”
Mayor Garcia joins the Mayors of Oakland and Pasadena, as well as the Mayors of Nashua, New Hampshire; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Reno, Nevada; Bloomington, Indiana and Westminster, Colorado, along with a “resource team” of urban design experts. The Mayors will have the opportunity to present challenges their cities face and, in collaboration with the resource team, identify potential solutions.
Garcia plans to discuss how to better connect the waterfront in Downtown Long Beach to the Convention Center, the Queen Mary, and area north of Ocean Blvd.
The resource team for the Oakland Institute includes planners and directors from Berkeley, California; Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Arlington, Virginia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cambridge, Massachusetts. They bring expertise in economic development, architecture, land use planning, transit, park development, sustainability, and media.
More than 1,000 mayors and 650 designers have graduated the Institute.