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  • 1. “What we’re talking about is a vision for high-speed rail in America…”
  • 2. “What we’re talking about is a vision for high-speed rail in America… President Barack Obama April 16th, 2009
  • 3. …imagine boarding a train in the center of a city… President Barack Obama April 16th, 2009
  • 4. …no racing to an airport and across a terminal, no delays, no sitting on the tarmac, no lost luggage, no taking off your shoes.… President Barack Obama April 16th, 2009
  • 5. …imagine whisking through towns at speeds over 100 miles an hour.… President Barack Obama April 16th, 2009
  • 6. …WALKING only a few steps to public transportation and ending up just blocks from your destination… President Barack Obama April 16th, 2009
  • 7. …Imagine what a great project that would be to rebuild America.” President Barack Obama April 16th, 2009
  • 8. ”’Make no little plans.’ That's what Daniel Burnham said in Chicago. I believe that about America: Make no little plans.” President Barack Obama April 16th, 2009
  • 9. "Make no little plans." That's what Daniel Burnham said in Chicago. I believe that about America: Make no little plans.” President Barack Obama April 16th, 2009
  • 10. Great Hall LOOP Downtown Chicago U N IO N S T A T IO N CHICAGO ARCHITECTS D.H. Burnham & Company Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White
  • 11. U N IO N S T A T IO N WASHINGTON, D.C. ARCHITECTS Daniel Burnham Pierce Anderson
  • 12. U N IO N S T A T IO N DENVER ARCHITECTS Gove + Walsh
  • 13. Howard A. Learner is an experienced attorney who serves as the President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center - the Midwest's leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Mr. Learner is responsible for the overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform for ELPC's successful work promoting clean energy development solutions to global warming problems, improving the Midwest's environmental quality, and preserving the region's natural resources and heritage. One of ELPC's premises is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. Mr. Learner's leadership work to help develop a Midwest high-speed rail network, which can produce complementary environmental quality, economic development and employment benefits, puts that sustainable development policy principle into practice. Mr. Learner is a Professor at Northwestern University Law School, teaching an advanced Howard A. Learner seminar on environmental law and sustainable Executive Director development, and has a lecturer appointment at the University of Chicago where he teaches Environmental Law & Policy Center environmental law. J.D., Harvard Law School, 1980; B.A., University of Michigan, 1976.
  • 14. Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, developer and author, helping to make progressive development profitable. He is a Professor of Practice and the Director of the Graduate Real Estate Program at the University of Michigan. He is also a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, focusing on research and practices that help transform traditional and suburban downtowns and other places that provide "walkable urbanity". In addition, he is a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company, a progressive real estate development firm with projects in downtown Albuquerque, Independence, Missouri, Seaside, Florida, and five projects in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Chris has written award-winning articles for publications such as the Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Urban Land magazine, among others, and is the author or has contributed chapters to six books. He has been profiled by national broadcast and print media such as CNN, Today Show, National Public Radio, Progressive Christopher Leinberger Architecture, among others. Chris is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Business School. President His wife, Lisa, and he live in the DuPont Circle area of Locus Responsible Real Estate Washington, DC, within walking distance of both a Developers and Investors Metro station and Brookings.
  • 15. Geoff Anderson is the President and CEO of Smart Growth America. Geoff came to his current position in January 2008 after 13 years at the US EPA where he headed the agency's Smart Growth Program. During his tenure at EPA, he was instrumental in creating the Agency's Smart Growth program, he helped to found the Smart Growth Network, the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, and the popular web site www.smartgrowth.org. In addition, he provided seed funding for and helped to catalyze the creation of the National Vacant Properties Campaign, The LEED for Neighborhood Development Certification program, and the Governors' Institute for Community Design. He has co-authored numerous publications including: This Is Smart Growth, Getting to Smart Growth Volumes 1 and 2, Protecting Water Resources with Higher Density Development, The Transportation and Environmental Impacts of Infill vs. Greenfield Development and many others. His work also included direct technical assistance, helping with smart growth implementation in communities nationwide including Cheyenne, WY, Prince George's County, MD, and the Geoff Anderson flagship smart growth project Atlantic Station in President + CEO Atlanta, Ga. Geoff received a Masters Degree from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment with a Smart Growth America concentration in Resource Economics and Policy.