The 20/20 Vision Committee will host “Futures Panel: Challenges & Opportunities for Lexington” from 7 to 9 p.m. April 2 at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington.

The evening marks a milestone in the first 20 years of Lexington’s long-range planning process and seeks to engage the community in shaping a vision of our town’s future.

Featured panelists will peer into the future, highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing the regional economy, the evolving expectations for public education and opportunities for using data and technology in planning and delivery of town services.


Nariman Behravesh, chief economist, HIS Markit, will present “Economic Trends Affecting Lexington’s Future.”

“The US economic recovery is likely to continue for another year or two. In this environment, income growth and house price increases in Lexington will remain above average. In the coming decade, educational attainment and the Asian share of Lexington’s population will also continue to rise. Housing affordability and education funding will persist as top challenges for the town.”

Julie Hackett, superintendent, Lexington Public Schools, will present “Emerging Education and Technology Trends.”

“Dr. Hackett will discuss emerging educational technology trends and innovative learning practices that will prepare all LPS students to be ‘future ready’ and achieve the district’s new mission of ‘Joy in learning, curiosity in life, and compassion in all we do.’ ”

Daniel O’Brien, associate professor of public policy and urban affairs and criminology and criminal justice; co-director, Boston Area Research Initiative, will present “Smart Cities -- and Towns -- of Tomorrow.”

“Professor O’Brien will describe how data and technology are advancing city planning and services in metropolises like Boston, and how suburbs and towns—like Lexington and its neighbors—can leverage the same opportunities in their own work.”

The moderator:

Jay Kaufman, Beacon Leadership Collaborative; former state representative for Lexington.