READY, SET, GO! The UMI Forum on Information and Urban Markets 



Go!  Propose a Birds-of-a-Feather Session

Go!  New Hands-on “Pit Crew” Training Session Announced

Go!  Keynotes Confirmed


  What do birds of a feather do?  They flock together!


Do you have a burning issue you'd like to discuss with your peers?  Are you interested in learning about how they are solving the types of challenges you are facing on technical, policy or analytical issues? 


Then you should propose or participate in a "birds of a feather" session at the upcoming UMI Forum.  When you propose a topic, we'll allocate a table at lunch on Friday to you and your suggested topic. Then, others who are interested in having a discussion about the topic can join you. 


At the conference, use this session to help get input from other experts on your problem, or use it to create a "special interest group" you believe should exist to advance thinking or action on urban information issues.


Propose your Birds of a Feather session today by emailing Brian Nagendra ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) with your name as organizer and suggested topic.  We'll take care of the rest!





 Four Tracks of Hands-On “Pit Crew” Training Sessions!


TRACK A: New Data Innovations for Community Analysis

TRACK B: What’s inside the “Black Box”?

TRACK C: Harnessing technology for community awareness and change

TRACK D: Grassroots Organization around Technology


*NEW* Training Session – Track D

Using Indicators to Organize Neighborhood Change: Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Quality of Life Study


In this session, participants will learn about data that is potentially available at their local level and how to leverage that information to provide a comprehensive picture of a neighborhood at a custom geographic level. The trainers will provide their insights from over a decade of experience on how local governments, departments, and agencies can work with local non-profits to use a neighborhood quality of life study as an organizing and analysis tool to improve the conditions of a neighborhood.



For more details on individual sessions, please visit:



Confirmed Keynotes     


Dana Nottingham

Executive Director, Miami Downtown Development Authority

Thornton May

Information and Technology Futurist

Pari Sabety

Director and Fellow, Urban Markets Initiative,

Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution

Bruce Katz

Director and Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program,

The Brookings Institution



Gear up with all the details on workshop speakers and panelists at



The Brookings Urban Markets Initiative is proud to announce the

UMI Forum 2006 Sponsors 


Living Cities



Vinq, Inc.

University of Michigan Real Estate Program






 The Urban Markets Initiative (UMI) at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program aims to improve the quality of the information available on urban communities and use it to unleash the full power of those markets while connecting them to the economic mainstream.



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