Keystone Crossroads conference: Urban Ideas Worth Stealing

    Storefronts along Philadelphia Street in  downtown York

    Storefronts along Philadelphia Street in downtown York

    If you’re working at or are interested in solving some of Pennsylvania’s urban challenges, you’ll want to be here.

    For a while now, Keystone Crossroads has been running a series called “Ideas Worth Stealing.” It’s a look at what we can learn from how people in cities around the U.S. and the world are solving urban problems.

    We’ve reported on how Parking Benefit Districts can fund neighborhood projects, how Lexington, Kentucky is recruiting bilingual police officers, how leaders in Madison, Wisconsin managed to replace all of the city’s lead water pipes. And lots more.

    Now we’re gathering people interested in looking at how Pa. cities can improve at a conference.

    Please join us on May 10th at the Keystone Crossroads conference “Urban Ideas Worth Stealing: Explore Ideas About How Pennsylvania Cities Can Improve.” The half-day conference takes place at the Harrisburg Hilton.

    Governor Tom Wolf will be there to share his thoughts about Pennsylvania’s cities. And you’ll hear from leaders and thinkers who are addressing issues in their own communities, and you’ll be able to join in robust discussions about how to bring those ideas to your own community and city.



    9:00 – 10:00 am       Breakfast and kickoff speaker, Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

    10:00 – 11:00            Breakout session #1

    11:00 – 11:15            Coffee break

    11:15 – 12:15            Breakout session #2

    12:15 – 1:30             Lunch and keynote speaker, Pa. Governor Tom Wolf

    Breakout sessions include:

    Little boxes: Approaches to overcoming local government fragmentation
    Out with the old? How preservation can be a tool for downtown redevelopment
    Beyond “Right to Know”: Creating civic value with open data
    Adaptive cities: Green infrastructure and resilience for a warming world
    Making leaders: Effective engagement strategies for empowered urban communities
    Complete streets on the cheap: Fast, inexpensive street changes that get big results

    Please join us by registering here. The deadline for registration is extended to May 4th.

    If you have questions, please email us at



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