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Birmingham Business Leader Travels to Quito, Ecuador to Attend “Habitat III: United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

October 16, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Majella Chube Hamilton

Birmingham, AL --- Birmingham business executive Herschell L. Hamilton, MPPM, CCIM, will be a registered participant this week at “Habitat III: United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development,” in Quito, Ecuador, October 17-20, 2016. Hamilton is one of 36,000 “Habitat III” global citizens who joins a global conversation in Ecuador, towards a New Urban Agenda - "An Inclusive City."

The international conference, hosted by the UN, occurs every 20 years, and establishes an agenda to guide sustainable growth and development in cities worldwide. As Managing Partner of BLOC Global Development Group; member of the Federal Reserve Bank, Birmingham Branch; and member of the Birmingham Business Alliance, the Birmingham native will gain additional insight, and give input, on the future of housing and best practices for future growth in sustainable urban development.

As stated in the Habitat III Conference Draft Program, the gathering is expected to adopt a “New Urban Agenda,” by participants from “sub-national and local governments, parliamentarians, civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities, private sector, professionals and practitioners, scientific and academic community, and other relevant stakeholders.” “By 2050,” the document continues, “the world urban population is expected to nearly double, making urbanization one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends ... This poses massive sustainability challenges in terms of housing, infrastructure, basic services, food security, health, education, decent jobs, safety, and natural resources...”

According to Hamilton, “A majority of major economic development projects over the next four decades are expected to occur in cities large and small - cities like Birmingham. As a result of this urban geographic dynamism, we must be prepared for future challenges and opportunities and develop strategies that will produce a ‘shared vision of cities for all.’” “As an urban economic development specialist, I am contributing to the conversation because I work closely with both public and private sector clients, designing strategic methods to utilize and transform real estate assets in urban areas to improve the quality of life for residents in cities.”

“The unprecedented level of population growth in cities overall,” he continues, “will trigger issues and solutions for urban real estate and drive the implementation of major urban economic development initiatives, including innovation districts; smart cities; public/private/philanthropic partnerships (P4); brownfield remediation and redevelopment; adaptive reuse; and major transportation, energy, water, sanitary, and telecommunication infrastructure projects.”

Hamilton plans to share the insight gained at this conference, through ongoing posts and conference summary highlights on critical topics with key business, government, and community leaders to benefit cities like Birmingham, and others.