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The American Dream Coalition presents
the fourth annual conference on

Preserving the American Dream

September 15-17, 2006

Crowne Plaza Atlanta - Buckhead
3377 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Learn how cities can relieve traffic congestion and deregulate land use
Hear the latest research from the experts
Exchange ideas with fellow activists
Attend workshops on toll roads, eminent domain, and other key issues

Deregulating land use and reducing traffic congestion will be the major themes of the fourth annual Preserving the American Dream conference. The conference will include a tour of recent transportation and housing projects in the Atlanta area as well as dozens of speakers and workshops on transportation and land-use issues.

The conference will take place in Atlanta's Buckhead district, known as "the jewel of the city." The hotel is a few steps away from Atlanta's regional rail line (which, despite its convenience, actually carried fewer passengers in 2004 than in 1994).

The conference will feature dozens of speakers on a variety of land-use and transportation issues. As shown on the detailed tentative agenda, confirmed speakers to date include:

Robert Bruegmann, author of 'Sprawl: A Compact History' and urban planning historian from the University of Illinois (Chicago);

James Dunn, author of 'Driving Forces: The Auto, Its Enemies, and the Politics of Mobility' and professor of political science at Rutgers University;

Bryce Adam Ward, a researcher at Harvard University specializing in the relationship between land-use regulation and housing affordability;

Les Bunte, assistant fire chief in Austin Texas and author of a report on the effects of traffic calming on emergency service providers;

Robert Poole, Adrian Moore, and Ted Balaker of the Reason Foundation will speak on transportation issues;

Wendell Cox of publicpurpose.com, Sam Staley of the Buckeye Institute, and others will speak on land-use issues.

Workshops will cover such topics as:

  • Managing and expanding transportation systems to reduce congestion;

  • The link between land use, transportation, and air quality;

  • The effects of land-use regulation on housing affordability;

  • Eminent domain and tax-increment financing;

  • Traffic calming;

  • Grassroots organizing.

Registration and Fees

The conference will cost $225 ($150 student/low-income), which includes a buffet dinner on Friday, breakfasts and lunches on Saturday and Sunday, and a Saturday night banquet. The optional tour, which includes a box lunch and transportation, is an additional $25. Fees are refundable if cancellation is received by September 1; after September 1, fees will be refunded on cancellation if someone registers late to fill your space.

To register by mail, please download a registration form. Or you can register on line.

Hotel and Travel Arrangements

If you are staying at the Crowne Plaza, make your reservations by clicking here to register online or call 404-264-1111 and specify you want the American Dream Coalition conference rate of $115 per night. To insure that you get this rate, make your reservations before August 25th. After this date, they will try to provide this rate but it will not be guaranteed.

Conference Co-Sponsors

This conference is co-sponsored by:

Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Reason Foundation
Leadership Institute
Heritage Foundation
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
Home Builders Association of Central Arizona
Thoreau Institute
Georgia Power Company
Georgia Transmission Corporation
Home Builders Association of Georgia
Sunny Park, GPPF Board of Governors

and other organizations.

These co-sponsors are critical to making the conference a success.
For more information on becoming a co-sponsor, please contact Randal O'Toole.