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March 3, 2017
Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership
What role do parks and greenspaces play in a thriving metropolis? That’s the big question at the heart of the fourth annual Fairbanks Symposium.
Event Details

Although it has garnered the most attention for its sports strategy, Indianapolis has a long tradition of green initiatives that go back to the 1970s. During the free one-day event, you’ll converse with community leaders about why parks and greenspaces are a vital to attractive, innovative and vibrant cities.

Event highlights include an INconversation with Justin Garret Moore, NYC Public Design Commission, and Neelay Bhatt, VP – PROS Consulting and NRPA Board Member, and a discussion of national trends shaping the future of urban greenspaces.

The event is sold out. Grab a spot on the waitlist: uindy.fairbanks17.eventbrite.com


12 p.m.: Welcome and Lunch

12:20-1:35 p.m.: Keynote and Lunch, UIndy Hall B, Schwitzer Student Center

Justin Garrett Moore, executive director of NYC Public Design Commission, and Neelay Bhatt, VP PROS Consulting and NRPA Board Member, will engage in an INconversation during lunch.

1:35-1:50 p.m.: Break

1:50-2:50 p.m.: 5 Big Ideas that Transformed Indianapolis, UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center

We’ll hear from five different members of the community about five big ideas that have transformed Indianapolis. Indy Parks Director Linda Broadfoot will moderate. Panelists include:

  • Andre Denman, principal park planner & greenways manager, Indy Parks
  • Brian Payne, president and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • Meg Storrow, president and co-founder, storrow|kinsella
  • Alex Umlauf, operations and events manager, White River State Park
  • David Wantz, executive vice president and provost, University of Indianapolis

2:50-3 p.m.: Video

3-3:15: Break

3:15-4:15 p.m.: What’s Next on the National & Regional Scene?, UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center

We’ll find out what’s coming soon to the Indianapolis greenspace scene during a panel discussion moderated by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful President Dave Forsell. Panelists include:

  • Lionel Bradford, president, The Greening of Detroit
  • Dale Heydlauff, president, American Electric Power Foundation
  • Emily Wood, director of greenspace, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

4:15-5 p.m.: Cocktails & Reflections

The event will conclude with a reception and celebration with brief closing remarks from former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.


March 3, 2017, 12:00pm - 5:00pm