Annual Luncheon

Annual Luncheon
  • Celebrating The Plan of Nashville: Avenues to a Great City
  • Showcases visionary thought leader discussing issues of urban design and civic engagement
  • Opportunity to present the work it has accomplished over the past year
  • Highlighting projects in Nashville that illustrate how the city is moving forward 
  • NCDC’s major fundraising event
  • Attendance averages more than 700 design professionals
    • Developers, civic leaders, and government leaders, state and local elected officials, engaged citizens and students

Event Details
Location: Music City Center, 201 5th Avenue South, Karl F. Dean Grand Ballroom
When: Thursday, November 8th, 2018
Check-In: 11:00 - 11:30 am
Lunch + Program: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Annual Luncheon serves as NCDC’s major fundraising event featuring a keynote speaker that addresses a key topic in shaping Nashville’s future. This program has raised over $1,000,000 in support of NCDC’s mission and programs. Attendees include over 750 design professionals, developers, business leaders, state and local elected officials, department heads and engaged citizens.

Keynote Speaker

Mike Lydon is a Principal with Street Plans and leads the firm’s New York City office. Mike is an internationally recognized planner, writer, speaker, and advocate for livable cities. NPR, The New York Times, CNN Headline News, ABC News, City Lab, Planetizen, Salon, Next City, Architect Magazine, and Streetsblog have featured his work, among other publications.

Mike is the creator of the The Open Streets Project and the globally acclaimed Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long- Term Change Vol. 1 – 4. With Tony Garcia, Mike is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism (Island Press, 2015), named by Planetizen as one of the top ten planning books of the year. Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual (McGraw-Hill, 2009).

A founding member of the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a Board Member for CNU New York, and a steering committee member of the Next Generation of New Urbanists, he remains active in both local and national planning, design, and smart growth advocacy issues. Before launching the firm in 2009, Mike worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Ann Arbor’s GetDowntown Program. From 2006 – 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), an international leader in the practice of smart growth planning, design, and research techniques.

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