2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Tale of Two Cities: Challenging Urban Disparity

Saturday, March 12
3:30PM - 4:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 3-4
110 E 2nd St

Disparity continues to grow around the country. The widening gap between the haves and have nots is more evident. Imbalance can be found throughout the basic tenets of society: income, healthcare, education, transportation, housing, racial inequity in the criminal justice system, and more. Mayors are challenging the social constructs that are influencing disparity. Learn how local leaders are creating innovative policy and initiatives to combat the growing divide. How are leaders in cities challenging inequity and fighting for a level playing field? How are Mayors initiating sweeping changes on the micro level that has been absent on the macro level? Can Mayors close the gap?

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Chris Coleman


City of Saint Paul

Elizabeth Kneebone at SXSW

Elizabeth Kneebone


The Brookings Institution

Elizabeth Kneebone is a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America (Brookings Press, 2013). Her work primarily focuses on urban ...

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Mark Updegrove at SXSW

Mark Updegrove


LBJ Presidential Library

Mark K. Updegrove, is the director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, and the author of four books on the presidency. An analyst for ABC News on matters relating to U.S. politics and...

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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake


City of Baltimore


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