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Theme: The City 2.0

This event occurred on
October 13, 2012
10:00am - 4:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Des Moines, IA
United States

Des Moines is taking part in a visionary global movement surrounding the TED celebration of the “City 2.0.” As the world’s population gravitates toward urban environments, it’s imperative we embrace new ideas and solutions for living more densely. Public space, housing, art, transportation, food, play, health, education — all elements of how we live and work are ripe for reimagination. Who will define the future?

Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA, 50309
United States
Event type:
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Jeffrey Morgan

Jeffrey Morgan is Director of Real Estate Development for Historic Boston Incorporated. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and his Master in Real Estate and Urban Development degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His design work has garnered awards in affordable housing, historic preservation, master planning, and urban design. Jeffrey is an Edward M. Gramlich Fellow of the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies and NeighborWorks America, where his research involves the role of community development corporations at the intersection of micro-business development and inner-city neighborhood business district redevelopment.

Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson is the owner and president of Nelson Construction Services and Nelson Development. He graduated with honors from Iowa State University in Construction Engineering. In 1999, he started his company and has developed and constructed over two million square feet of projects in Iowa, Arizona, and Nebraska. Recently, his company has focused on the redevelopment of historic projects like 1300 Walnut, the Liberty Building, Hyatt Place Hotel, and AP Lofts. His firm is currently redeveloping the Fleming Building, the Federal Building in Omaha, and has partnered with the Foutch Brothers of Kansas City to transform the historic Des Moines Building.

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith is curious. That curiosity led to a degree in religious studies and philosophy from the University of Kansas. He spent the last 10 years running a real estate company before leaving to join Startup City where he is working on a platform to help real estate professionals market more effectively on Facebook. Matthew is a husband and father of three and in his spare time he pursues more whimsical pursuits like founding the first annual Tuk Tuk Goose Chase, a Cannonball Run style event in Des Moines with three-wheeled motorized tuk tuks.

Suzet Nelson

Suzet’s interest in sustainability began early while growing up on a farm in Nebraska. This experience nurtured her desire for preparing and eating fresh, local, and simple food. The landscape that informed her childhood continues to do so as a resident of the Des Moines metro area. While teaching at Scavo High School, Suzet teamed up with Urban Ambassadors to establish an urban garden as a tool to educate and inspire others to live simply and generously. Currently, Suzet is launching a TV program promoting biking, healthy lifestyles, and local adventures.

Matt McIver

Matthew McIver is an actor, writer, director, educator, and Artistic Director of the Des Moines Social Club, an innovative multidisciplinary arts center in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Matthew is also the Artistic Director of Locust Productions, the in-house theater company of the Des Moines Social Club. For Locust, Matthew has mounted highly praised regional premieres of Leegrid Stevens’ The Twelfth Labor (which the playwright collaborated on directly), David Harrower’s award-winning Blackbird, and Qui Nguyen’s Men of Steel, among many others.

Roya Stanley

Roya Stanley has dedicated her career to advancing clean energy technologies that support both a strong economy and a safe environment. Her past includes many leadership roles within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, sponsored by the US Department of Energy. As the Director of Iowa’s Office of Energy Independence, she managed the investment of the Iowa Power Fund into research, development and commercialization of clean energy technologies, energy education, and community energy programming. She currently uses her expertise to assist clients as the Principal of Energy Initiatives, LLC.

Bill Stowe

Bill Stowe is the CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works (DMWW). He graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts and received a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola University Law School. DMWW is a regional utility that protects public health by delivering outstanding quality water in reliable quantities. DMWW works closely with business, environmental and agricultural leaders to advocate for better stewardship of water resources and lead clean water initiatives throughout Central Iowa.

Mike Tramontina

Mike Tramontina was appointed President of ISED Ventures in June of 2011. He oversees a community based, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to create opportunities for low and moderate income Iowans to increase income and achieve financial stability. ISED is an asset building organization whose programs include financial education, microenterprise development, community resource screening, workforce readiness coaching, and volunteer income tax assistance. Before joining ISED Ventures, Tramontina served as Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, the Iowa Department of Management, Executive Director of the Iowa Finance Authority, and as Secretary’s Representative for HUD in Region 7.

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Des Moines, IA, United States


Des Moines, IA, United States