Invitation to Sponsor




As Executive Director, I would like to personally thank you for considering a sponsorship of the International Making Cities Livable 2020 conference in Carmel, Indiana. With this sponsorship you will receive places at the conference for yourself, your staff or students, or other worthy scholarship awardees, as you choose.

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 2020 Conference, “From Sprawl to Neighborhoods: Livable Cities (and Suburbs) for ALL.” The transformation of sprawl into livable, walkable, sustainable neighborhoods remains an urgent challenge, especially so in an age of unprecedented rapid urbanization.


We’ll gather this year in Carmel, Indiana, a fascinating USA case study of transformation from a sprawling bedroom community to a walkable, diverse, thriving and livable town. Using Carmel as one concrete example, we’ll ask, what are the effective new tools and strategies to bring positive change to suburban areas?  What are the barriers Carmel 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 North America, Europe, and other parts of the world, in livable and sustainable development.


We would be honored if you would consider becoming a sponsor of this premier gathering, and joining us with some of your staff.  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: 7905 SW Vlahos Drive., No 306, Wilsonville OR 97070    * Washington Office: P.O. Box 2579, White Salmon WA 98672




WHERE  The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, IN


WHEN June 2-6, 2020


WHAT The International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) Conference is a prestigious gathering of some of the most sought-after urban thinkers in the world. 


The 2020 conference will take place in the livability success story of Carmel, Indiana - a fascinating showcase of transformation from a sprawling bedroom suburb of Indianapolis into a thriving, successful community. 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 350-400 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, or you can go online to and go to the sponsorship page.  Thank you in advance!