Join us for the first
Mpact Transit + Community conference
November 5-8, 2023 Phoenix, AZ
The Mpact Transit + Community Conference focuses on the interplay of transit, mobility, land use and development in building great places to live - for everyone.
- Is your city or region embarked on transit expansion?
- Are you interested in finding out how to connect mobility investments with development, land use and the built environment?
- Do you want to leverage investments for maximum community benefit?
Join us for the next Mpact Transit + Community Conference. Network and learn with cross-sector stakeholders. Join with others dedicated to taking a community-first approach to transit, mobility and development projects.
Join us in Phoenix this November!
- Artwork for Mpact Transit + Community Phoenix - blog post
- Facts about Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun - blog post
- Video invitation to Mpact Transit + Community Phoenix 2023 - WATCH
- Mpact Podcast: Inside the Phoenix TOD Community Plan - LISTEN
- Valley Metro Artsline® Program
- Valley Metro system map
The Valley of the Sun - cities including Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and more
The Valley holds an amazing diversity, from topography to cultures, historic to modern elements. Water is key to life, past and present, with today’s canals and dams overlayed on those built by Native American communities. Natural areas beckon residents outside.
The regional transit system - along with connected mobility options & development - offers routes away from sprawl and toward more sustainable and equitable places to live. As Mpact Transit + Community comes to Phoenix, the region is working to reinvigorate and expand support for transit as part of reauthorizing regional transit funding.
The Valley’s light rail system, though recently built, has led to immense and rapid transformation. Light rail, bus and streetcar connect the region’s cities and are reshaping each distinctive downtown through transit-oriented development — from downtown Mesa to Arizona State University in Tempe to infill development in Phoenix.
In the places where transit is expanding, there are efforts to preserve and invigorate under-served and historic communities, such as along the South Central Corridor in Phoenix, a Latino and African American area subject to redlining in the past.
News items about the region:
Amid Continuing Drought, Arizona Is Coming up With New Sources of Water—if Cities Can Afford Them (May 2023) - Inside Climate News
How Arizona Is Positioning Itself for $52 Billion to the Chips Industry (February 2023) - New York Times
Council Expands Code to Increase Pedestrian-Oriented Development around Transit (February 2022) - City of Phoenix
Attend and deepen your knowledge of:
Transit planning, multimodal planning, corridor planning, station area planning and design.
Transit-oriented development, trail- and bike-oriented development, joint development, affordable housing and neighborhood development and placemaking.
Policies and strategies to combat displacement. Transit equity.
Project management for different modes.
Technology and integration of new mobility options with transit.
Community engagement, outreach tools, communication, data, campaigns and marketing. Advocacy for transit.
Community development financing, capital financing, gap financing.
Here’s what past attendees said:
“Really just being in the same place as so many people who value transit as a necessary part of a more equitable world is what it’s all about.”
“This was one of the most engaging conferences I've attended.”
“Networking with colleagues who have dealt with similar issues and being able to ask questions directly and discuss the issues.”
“The mobile workshops are very useful; seeing on the ground examples of transit-oriented development, economic development or multimodal infrastructure is invaluable.”
"I gained tons of information and ideas on ways to support my own work in my community."
Definitely looking forward to bringing a larger contingent from our office to future conferences.
For nearly 30 years, our conference has shaped the vision for transit-oriented communities, in which people of all backgrounds and abilities can connect with each other and reach the places they need to thrive. We’ve influenced policies, planning and the way projects are delivered.
From the beginning, we’ve focused on this idea: that for any new mobility or development project, the people involved should see the project as a way to advance the kind of community they want to live in.
Achieving this is easier said than done. The Mpact Transit + Community Conference is the place to share both challenges and innovative solutions, to exchange best practices and push for the next breakthrough.
The four days of the Mpact Transit + Community conference provide a diversity of ideas and approaches that boost your capacity to collaborate, innovate, communicate and lead.
Mobile Workshops • Sessions • Plenaries • Networking
Through more than 60 conference sessions as well as plenaries and networking events, attendees delve into issues facing cities and regions everywhere, including climate change, transit-oriented development, housing affordability and designing cities around transit and emerging mobility options. Sessions focus on planning, design, finance, communications, policy, community engagement and innovations in technology. Through our signature Mobile Workshops participants experience the conference city first-hand and learn directly from local practitioners, leaders and advocates how projects were done.