Smart Growth Partnership will present a symposium at Nova SE University featuring former Pittsburgh Mayor and ULI Fellow Tom Murphy on April 4.
Tom Murphy, the former mayor of Pittsburgh, is one of five ULI senior resident fellows who specialize in public policy, retail/urban entertainment, transportation/infrastructure, housing, real estate finance and environmental issues.
Murphy served three terms as the mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. During that time, he initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh. Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of several sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail and public uses; and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and urban green space.
From 1979 through 1993, Murphy served eight terms in the Pennsylvania State General Assembly House of Representatives. He authored legislation to encourage industrial land reuse and to transform abandoned rail right-of-ways into trails and green space among other legislative initiatives.