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Speeches and Presentations

An accomplished public speaker, Bill Fulton has given hundreds of keynote speeches on cities and economic development. He is adopted at tailoring his presentations to specific audiences in specific cities and regions.

What People Are Saying About Bill Fulton’s Speeches 


“Bill was an excellent speaker choice for our forum on land use. He engaged an audience of both experienced land use professionals and those with no prior experience in the subject. It remains one of our highest-rated events.”

  • Kim Gammond, City Club of Central Oregon



“Bill’s knowledge of the region and experience on all sides of the table provide incredible perspective on communities in growth mode and those in transition. His ability to see all sides, identify areas of opportunity and concern, lay out impactful strategies, and straightforward apolitical tone is a perfect fit for groups looking to share critical information that is backed by data and experience.”


  • Rachelle Kanak, Fort Bend County (Texas) Economic Development Council



“Mr. Fulton provided a powerfully insightful perspective of Cayuga County and the City of Auburn. During a time of transformative change for our community, his experience and wisdom was a refreshing and well received source of encouragement and guidance in moving forward.


  • Michael Morris, Director, Cayuga (New York) Economic Development Agency



“Prof. Fulton explains very clearly the issues around zoning and the resistance that many citizens in communities express to allowing new development in their neighborhoods and communities.  He was a great keynote speaker at our Utah Land Use Law conference recently, prompting lots of discussion and reflection.”


  • Wilf Sommerkorn, Utah Land Use Institute

Sample Topics


Cities After COVID

Place and Prosperity: The New World of Economic Development

How to Resolve the Affordable Housing Crisis


How Technology Is Changing Cities


Does Zoning Have a Future?



Recent and Scheduled Speeches


Onondaga County Planning Federation, Syracuse, N.Y., March 2024


Houston-Galveston Regional Council, “Paving The Way To An Equitable Future”
webinar, December 2023 (video available here).


San Diego Startup Week, October 2023


12th International Conference of the City, Santiago, Chile, July 2023


City Club of Central Oregon, Bend, Oregon, June 2023

(Video available here)


Texas Municipal League, San Antonio Texas, March 2023


Cayuga Economic Development Agency, Auburn, New York, March 2023


Economic Development Collaborative, Ventura, California, January 2023


Utah Land Use Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2022


Fort Bend Economic Development Council, Sugar Land, Texas, September 2022


Sample Presentations and Podcasts


“Place and Prosperity,” Abundance Podcast with Nolan Gray (California YIMBY), April 2023


“Place and Prosperity,” Lewis Center Podcast (UCLA), February 2023


“How Will Technology Change Cities in the Future?”, DeLange Conference (Rice University), January 2023


“Houston On The Front Lines of Sprawl,” Lincoln Institute, March 2021


“Leading With Landscape,” Houston Transformation Conference, April 2016


“The Future of Upstate New York Cities,” Congress for the New Urbanism, June 2014

(With James Howard Kunstler, Bill Fulton starts at 24:38)



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