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Invitation to Sponsor


As Executive Director, I would like to personally thank you for considering a sponsorship of the International Making Cities Livable 2022 conference in Paris, France. With this sponsorship you will receive places at the conference for yourself, your staff or students, or, if you wish, other worthy scholarship awardees that we can select in your name.

The IMCL is a premier international leadership conference on urban quality of life since 1985, bringing together many of the world’s most innovative and successful mayors, planners, economic development specialists, designers, developers, NGO officials, and researchers and scholars. Importantly, the IMCL conferences cover not just big cities but also small towns and suburbs, since such a large percentage of the world’s inhabitants live in these areas, and they are also the location for many of the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges.

Please consider becoming a sponsor for our 2022 conference, tentatively themed as “Livable Settlements for ALL: Sharing Effective Tools and Strategies from Around the World.” The transformation of sprawling, fragmented, dysfunctional places into livable, walkable, sustainable neighborhoods remains an urgent challenge, especially so in an age of unprecedented rapid urbanization. Our next conference will be an important in-person gathering as we emerge from the pandemic and assess the many important lessons for a time of dynamic transformation for cities.

We’ll gather in Plessis Robinson, a suburb of Paris, and a fascinating case study of transformation from a monocultural bedroom community to a walkable, diverse, thriving and livable town. Using Plessis Robinson as one concrete example, we’ll ask, what are the effective new tools and strategies to bring positive change to suburban as well as urban areas?  What are the lessons from the pandemic for healthy and inclusive cities, and especially, their public spaces? What are the barriers that Plessis Robinson and other similar success stories faced, and how did they overcome them? (Or if they didn’t, what can we learn from those lessons too?) What are their successes and lessons learned, and what can other places learn from them?

And we’ll examine other related challenges for cities and towns today, including the crisis of affordable housing, the need for climate resilience and adaptation, promoting neighborhood health, achieving urban equity, promoting active mobility, age-friendly cities, neighborhoods for children, and much more.  We’ll also consider the timeless requirements for human scale architecture and mixed-use urban fabric, for reviving city and town centers, and creating vibrant public places where people can gather for farmers markets, festivals, outdoor cafes and community social life.

We’ll hear from leading researchers about the best evidence on emerging challenges and effective methods, including financial tools, regulatory innovations, design strategies, and promising (and occasionally worrisome) new technologies. We’ll hear from practitioners on the front lines about their successes and challenges, and the latest research on effective approaches. We’ll learn the latest trends from around Europe, North America, and other parts of the world, in livable and sustainable development.

We would be honored if you would consider becoming a sponsor (and/or) attendee at this important gathering.  The information below covers the sponsorship levels and benefits.  For more information, please email me personally at


Michael W. Mehaffy, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Suzanne C. and Henry L. Lennard Institute for Livable Cities

Suzanne C. and Henry L. Lennard Institute for Livable Cities, Inc. * DBA International Making Cities Livable

An Indiana Public Benefit Corporation Under 501(c)(3) of the US Code *  Corporate Filing No. 8419605 (IN) * US EIN No. 84-3654846

Oregon Office: 506 E. 9th, The Dalles, Oregon USA 97058 * Washington Office: P.O. Box 2579, White Salmon WA 98672




WHERE  Plessis Robinson (Paris), France


WHEN May 18-21, 2021


WHAT The International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) Conference is a prestigious gathering of some of the leading urban thinkers in the world today. 


The 2021 conference will take place in the livability success story of Plessis Robinson, France. We'll share concrete examples of what has worked in this and other suburbs, where such a high percentage of the population now lives - either by choice, by plan, or too often because they have been unwillingly displaced from gentrifying city cores. We'll examine tools and strategies that are effective in building a new generation of walkable, equitable, livable cities - AND suburbs - for all! 


WHO This conference will bring together 300-400 outstanding delegates - elected officials, practitioners and scholars in planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, land use development, transportation planning, public health, human development, and social sciences from around the world - to share experiences, ideas and expertise.


WHY At this conference, we will examine creative strategies, tools and design solutions for achieving Livable Cities (and Suburbs) for ALL. The conference will examine timely topics like neighborhood health, social capital, green cities, affordable housing, active mobility, gentrification, displacement and homelessness, age-friendly cities, resilience and adaptation, and other related issues. 


SPONSOR Your sponsorship will emphasize your organization’s dedication to the goals of making cities and suburbs more healthy, green and livable. It will help ensure the highest quality speakers on these topics, and carry this message to a broad international audience.  


By bringing together a diverse group of delegates from the planning, urban design, public health and other fields, we will increase the understanding of why it is so important to achieve livable cities and suburbs, and highlight exemplary organizations, firms, and projects worldwide that are achieving these goals.

HOW If you wish to become a sponsor, please contact our director, Michael Mehaffy, at

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