8. Webinar: Assessing Transatlantic Exchange on Urban Revitalization - What works, what doesn’t? – Shaping Future Programming

Webinar on Feb 7 AT 15:00 GMT (16:00 Berlin | 10:00 am Washington).

The regeneration of older industrial cities remains a challenge for U.S. and European countries. Although the legal, policy, political and community contexts are different, researcher and policymakers in European and US cities have long compared approaches to urban regeneration with an eye toward replicating successful programs and policies. In fact, non-governmental organizations, universities, governments, foundations, and private initiatives have sponsored, convened, and supported dozens of transatlantic professional exchanges among peer policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and civic/business leaders.

To better understand the impact of such transatlantic exchanges, the Urban Institute in Washington, DC – in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – is currently developing a typology and high-level assessment of peer-learning activities that have taken place over the past decade with a specific focus on the revitalization of older, industrial cities in Europe and the United States. 

The 8th DE-US.net Webinartook the form of an interactive discussion. Participants were asked to contribute their experience and perspectives. Specifically, participants were invited to discuss two broad questions: (1) Describe a peer learning experience you participated in that was particularly successful; and (2) Describe any concrete outcomes, including changes in program or policy, that have resulted from peer learning activities in which you participated. The input were to be used to identify needs and priorities and to shape future programming and support. The webinar provided participants with initial findings, including an overview of different exchange formats.

The discussion was led by Tamar Shapiro, a non-resident fellow with the Urban Institute, currently based in Leipzig, Germany. Before moving to Leipzig, Tamar was the President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress, a national non-profit working on vacant property revitalization in the United States. Prior to that, she ran the Urban Policy Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The recording is available at our Webinare page.


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