City in Transition

Building a Competitive City

Tom Murphy

UON 'City in Transition' brings together local and international innovators and experts to examine and imagine the future of our cities and regions.

Tom Murphy is credited with turning around the fortunes of Pittsburgh in the US during his nine years as the city's Mayor. In that time, he initiated a public/private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in the city.

He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail, and public uses. He also oversaw the development of more than 40 kilometres of new riverfront trails and parks.

Tom is now a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC, and a highly sought-after speaker around the globe. Tom delivered an engaging and dynamic presentation in both Newcastle and Sydney in November. In his talk he shared his extensive experience in urban revitalisation, including what drives investment and ensures long-lasting commitment.

City in transition

The 'Newcastle: City in transition' discussions bring together local and international innovators and experts to examine and imagine the future of Newcastle and the region.

The first discussion featured architect Emily Marthinsen, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Physical and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley – a top 10 university in the world. UC Berkeley has major capital projects underway, including development projects with City of Berkeley and private partners.

Ms Marthinsen was joined by local leaders:

  • Sharon Claydon MP, Federal Member for Newcastle
  • Marcus Westbury, Director of Renew Australia
  • Ken Gouldthorp, General Manager, Newcastle City Council
  • Trent Bagnall, Founder of Slingshot Business Accelerator
  • David Antcliff, Project Manager, Urban Growth NSW

The discussion was held at Newcastle City Hall on Wednesday 2 April 2014 and moderated by Kristen Keegan, CEO of the Hunter Business Chamber.