2010 Conference

The 8th Annual Preserving the American Dream Conference, September 23-25, 2010
Orlando, Florida

Standing Together

The American Dream is under attack! Personal mobility, property rights, and affordable homeownership are threatened by governments at all levels seeking to impose intrusive and expensive regulations on how we live, work and travel. The Obama administration wants to use the Environmental Protection Agency to impose national land-use planning regulations and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation is on record saying he wants to “coerce people out of their cars.”

How can we fight back?

The 8th Annual Preserving the American Dream conference in Orlando on September 23-25 is your opportunity to meet dozens of experts and compare notes with activists from all over the world who want our communities built on a foundation of freedom!

  • Hear about the Obama administration’s plans for a national land-use planning system
  • Find out how Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood expects to coerce Americans out of their cars
  • Hear about the true costs of transportation fads like high speed rail, light rail, and transit-oriented developments
  • Learn about market-friendly approaches to the environment and alternatives to Smart Growth
  • Learn how to defend mobility, property rights, and homeownership at federal and local levels
  • Hear the latest research from the experts & exchange ideas with fellow activists

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Selmon elevated expressway in Tampa. Photo courtesy of Figg Engineering.

8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Optional tour of significant housing, land use and transportation projects between Orlando and Tampa that are defining the famous I-4 corridor, including Baldwin Park, Celebration, and Selmon Crosstown Expressway.

  • Luncheon speaker: Marty Stone of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority

Note: The bus leaves the hotel at 8:00 am sharp!  Please be in the lobby at 7:45 am.

Celebration, the New Urban town built by Disney.

Registration begins at 4:30 pm

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Reception & Welcoming Remarks by The Honorable Chris Dorworth, Florida State House of Representatives

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Buffet Dinner & The Great Debate – How Should Our Cities Grow? Amendment 4 & the Future of Florida Speakers include Adam Babington of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Winter Park City Commissioner Beth Dillaha.

Friday, September 24, 2010

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 10:15 am: First Plenary Session – Tomorrow’s Transportation: Personal Mobility & the Road to Prosperity

  • Alan Pisarski: Pressing Issues for Mobility
  • Clyde Hart: Efficiency and Flexibility With Rubber Tire Transit
  • Steve Polzin: The Future of Transportation – Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie … and Livability?
  • Doug Callaway: Floridians for Better Transportation

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Mobility Workshops on Transit Transparency & Funding, Mobility & the Environment, and Cost-effective Transportation Strategies

2a. Alternatives to Rail

  • Cheryl Thole: New Developments in Bus Rapid Transit
  • Jim Skaggs: Defining “Sustainable” in Sustainable Transportation

2b. Toll Roads, Congestion & Privatization

  • Gabriel Roth: Paying for Roads in an Era of Austere Budgets
  • Michael Ennis: Effective Strategies for Congestion Relief
  • Tom Rubin: Are the Full Costs of Roads Paid for by Road Users?

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch & Keynote Address

  • Cecelia Bonifay, Akerman Senterfitt: Challenges for Growth Management & Property Rights

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Second Plenary Session – Freedom & Homeownership in the Balance: Federal Plans to Regulate Away Your Choices

  • Rick Harrison: Prefurbia – the Market Alternative to Smart Growth
  • Pat Michaels: Author of Climate of Extremes
  • Wendell Cox: So-called Livability – Threats to Our Quality of Life and Economy
  • Ron Utt: Obama’s War on Homeownership

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm: Land-Use Workshops on Property Rights & Private Enterprise, Suburbia, Smart Growth & Sustainable Development

3a. Property Rights & Eminent Domain

  • Carol Saviak: From the Front Lines: A Grassroots Property Rights Report
  • Linda Cherry: Eroding Property Rights in the Sunshine State
  • Brian Derdowski: Eminent Domain Abuse in Redevelopment Areas

3b. Smart Growth & Growth Management

  • Sam Staley: Opportunity Urbanism: The Houston Alternative
  • George Siler: The Ethical Quicksand of Central Planning
  • Jim Hosler: Amendment 4 & Land Use Problems

5:00 pm – 6:45 pm: Special Meetings

4a. Stakeholders’ Roundtable (Chair: Sam Staley)

4b. Transparency in Transit (Chair: Tom Rubin)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Dinner & Keynote Speaker

  • State Senator Mike Bennett: Florida’s Growth Future: An Overview

Saturday, September 25, 2010

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 10:15 am: Third Plenary Session – Framing the Debate & Defining Victory

  • Chris Walker: Dulles Tollroad Users Group
  • Benita Dodd: Useful Tools for the Limited Government Activist
  • Steven Greenhut: How to Use the Media to Change the Debate
  • Ed Braddy: Re-establishing a Culture of Property Within a Planning Paradigm

10:30 am – 11:45 am: Fourth Plenary Session – Fighting for Freedom at the Local Level

  • Kerry Baldwin: American Majority – Grassroots Action
  • Sharon Calvert: S.M.A.R.T. – Suburban Mom Against the Rail Tax
  • Malcolm Falconer: Building a Better Local Government
  • Doug Guetzloe: Bringing the Ax to the Tax

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch and presentation

  • Randal O’Toole, Cato Institute: The Future of the American Dream

Conference ends after lunch

Click here for an up-to-date list of our distinguished speakers.  A downloadable version of the conference brochure can be found here.

Conference registration is just $259. We also offer a student and low-income rate of $175. The optional Thursday tour of Tampa and Orlando transportation and land-use projects is $49. If you want to register for only part of the conference, use this form.

The conference will take place at the Orlando Doubletree Resort on International Drive, a beautiful hotel just minutes away from SeaWorld, Universal Resort, and Walt Disney World. To make reservations at the conference rate of $99 (including free WiFi for conference goers), good for any time between September 19 and September 27, call 1-800-327-0363 and ask for the American Dream Coalition rate.

An airport shuttle to and from the hotel is available for $18 one way and $29 round trip. The hotel also offers free parking to overnight guests; ask for a parking voucher when you check in. Local conference guests who are not staying overnight at the hotel should also ask for a voucher at the registration desk.