Courtney Bernard, senior communications associate for the Center for City Solutions at National League of Cities (NLC), will keynote the transportation track at Iowa Ideas 2017. Transportation is one of eight issues that will be featured at the September 20-22 conference, and Bernard will speak Friday, September 22 in Cedar Rapids.
As a top contributor to the organization’s press and research initiatives, Bernard works with the latest information on the top issues facing urban America. During her time at NLC, Bernard’s work has focused on a range of topics including transportation and mobility, technology in cities, economic development, city rights and local control, sustainability, and the opioid crisis.
NLC has more than 90 years of experience and works with more than 1600 cities, towns and villages of all sizes, as well as in partnership with 49 state municipal leagues, to help build better communities.
The Center for city Solutions is the research arm of NLC, focusing on key issues such as smart cities, mobility and transportation. The “City of the Future” initiative, currently underway, is a multi-year research project focused on five topics: technology, workforce automation, culture and demographics, economics, and climate.
The Iowa Ideas Conference, Sept. 20-22, will include 80 sessions and more than 250 speakers across eight tracks. The statewide gathering will mix panel discussions, interviews with state leaders and thought-provoking experiences to help move complex issues forward. Iowa Ideas is for anyone: doers, industry leaders, policy makers, lifelong learners and those who want to lead the conversation about the future of our state.
Other topics to be discussed in the transportation track include infrastructure needs, rail, freight and trucking, public transportation, safety and the future technological impacts of smart cities and autonomous driving.
Iowa Ideas 2017 will kick off Wednesday, September 20, with an opening celebration and keynote address from best-selling author and innovation expert Alec Ross.