NAPA - The Business Journal is holding its second Impact Napa Conference, with a special panel on how the city's downtown specific plan will create a vibrant city center with new opportunities for business. Registration for the event closes Friday.


To register, contact Linda Perkins at 707-521-5264 or by August 21, or go to The event will be held Thursday, August 27 at the Meritage Resort in Napa. Registration begins at 2:00 p.m., and the program runs from 2:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A wine and hors d'oeuvres reception will follow from 4:30 to 5:30. Tickets are $39 per person or $390 for a table of 10 (with company name on sign).


A panel focusing on Napa's Downtown Specific Plan will get into the nuts and bolts of the plan and how it is being used to develop a new downtown. Napa Mayor Jill Techel will moderate the discussion. Speakers include Craig Smith, executive director of the Napa Downtown Association and member of the downtown plan Citizens Committee; Cassandra Walker, Napa economic development director; and Kevin Teague, director at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty and member of the downtown plan Citizens Committee. Mr. Smith will cover who the downtown merchants are and what they hope to get from the plan, and Ms. Walker will review "catalyst" site concepts and how they will be used in designing the reuse of three key properties, including Copia. Mr. Teague will provide insights from potential investors downtown.


In addition, Paul Price, executive director of the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency, will discuss the impacts of SB 375 on transportation and land use in the county, including what his agency is doing to prepare and what the recently completed draft report on the area carbon footprint means.


To address the critical topic of water, Felix Riesenberg, principal water resources engineer for the Napa Flood and Water Conservation District, will give an overview of water issues across the county and how they affect local businesses.