Gabe Klein to present Science, Technology, Innovation & Policy Leadership Series lecture March 7

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Gabe Klein, co-founder of the advisory services firm, CityFi, will present the Science, Technology, Innovation, and Policy Leadership Series lecture on Tuesday, March 7, at 4 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Research Center ─ Arlington, 900 N. Glebe Road.

Klein is the former commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, D.C., Departments of Transportation. In both locations, he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focused on putting people before automobiles on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest bike share systems in the U.S. and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like car share and ride share that contributed to each city’s mobility goals.

Klein honed his creativity and leadership skills as vice president at Zipcar; as national director of stores at Bikes USA; and as owner of an electric powered, organic food truck chain, On The Fly.

During his presentation, Klein will identify the larger macro trends in society; address process innovation and governance; and talk about how city leaders are reorganizing their urban systems to be synergistic rather than at odds with one another and the city’s goals. High return public-private partnerships, active transportation, and enhanced public space projects all play a role in the ideal city of the future.

Following is the schedule for the event, which is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President in the National Capital Region and the Urban Affairs and Planning Program in the School of Public and International Affairs:

  • 4 to 4:30 p.m.: Registration and networking
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Lecture and Q&A
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Reception

Click here to register.

For more information, contact Sanjay Raman at sraman@vt.edu.

Posted February 21, 2017