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NeighborWorks Training Institute
Washington, DC Metro Area • December 7-11, 2009

Holidays at the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center

Community Economic Development Mobile Workshop ED180

Participants in ED180 Community Economic Development Mobile Workshop spent the day learning first hand from small business owners, practitioners and elected officials across the DC region about strategies for and benefits of adopting Local First Campaigns. Manny Hidalgo, Executive Director of the Latino Economic Development Corporation, led the day-long workshop, which included a tour of several small business corridors in the District of Columbia, lunch at Mayorga Cafe in Silver Spring, MD, with a visit from Valerie Ervin, District 5 Council Member, and a stop at the family-owned DeJaBel Cafe in Wheaton, MD. Photo: Paula Sternberg, Local First Program Manager for LEDC, visits with Eddie Velasquez, owner of DeJaBel Cafe in Wheaton, MD, and steering committee member for Local First Wheaton. More photos . . . .


At the Washington, DC, metro area NTI over 100 courses in community engagement, neighborhood revitalization, green building, affordable housing, homeownership education, management and leadership and much more were offered to over 2000 participants.

Check out the free afternoon workshops that were offered!

The setting for this exciting training institute was the new Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center — a brand-new facility that is the cornerstone of National Harbor, an innovative mixed-use development in Prince George's County, MD, across the Potomac from Washington, DC.

NeighborWorks' DC Metro Area Training Institute hosted the Affordable Housing Symposium Rising to the Challenge: Stabilizing Communities in the Wake of Foreclosure, which focused attention on innovative policy, financing, property acquisition and development strategies. Participants learned about comprehensive best practices to help us all improve and advance sustainable communities. Policy makers, funders, practitioners, developers and property managers shared the latest and most effective techniques and ideas to get the work done in their communities.

Online registration has closed; please join us at the next Training Institute in New Orleans!

Washington, DC, where the nation comes together to work toward better communities and a better country, offers exciting opportunities for you and your staff:

Check out an exciting course with a local neighborhood tour:

tour busNR171 Back to the Future: Making History a Tool for Today
Take a tour. Hear from practitioners. Learn about the issues facing the community development field today as you tour the Congress Heights neighborhood and hear from representatives from LISC, HUD and the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights (MD).

Check out the many great courses that also address affordable housing:

Learn to assess the feasibility of rehabbing and selling or
leasing a foreclosed and abandoned property, acquire it from
the bank or other owner and how to arrange financing for
carrying the property and funding the rehab work.

This course highlights key issues to watch for in your
inspection and spec writing of the property. This course is
strongly recommended for all those who will be conducting
inspections of REO and abandoned properties as well as those
overseeing these rehab efforts.

This course addresses how to determine if the market is
adequate for reasonable return on the property, and what
marketing and sales strategies are best. The alternative of
lease-purchase arrangements are also presented, along with
strategies for administering that process.

This course is designed to help the participant identify ways of
mobilizing and adapting a management operation to effectively
monitor the operational performance of a scattered-site real
estate portfolio.

This course highlights strategic ways that organizations,
residents, homeownership counselors and outreach teams can
combat predatory lending and mitigate foreclosures in their
communities. The focus will be on effective strategies that
achieve maximum community and civic involvement while
being able to document results of these efforts.

Learn about the five distinct types of foreclosed homeowners,
each of which has different implications for restoring
neighborhoods of choice. The course equips participants
to access and better understand local data on housing
markets and other indicators of neighborhood distress due to

Healthy neighborhoods have a positive image that encourages
people to stay and invest, and attracts new households and
other neighborhood-friendly investment. Learn about the
common mistakes neighbors and nonprofits make that
reinforce negative images, and how to avoid them. Learn how
to apply private sector marketing techniques to neighborhoods
to build identity, attract homebuyers, give neighbors a sense of
pride, and accomplish many other marketing goals.

Early-Bird Registration Deadline (Save $50) October 26
Late Registration Period October 27 - November 16
On-site Registration December 6 - 11
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Scholarships available for HUD-Approved housing counseling agencies to attend Homeownership and Community Lending courses. Find out more at
Apply for National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) training scholarships. To learn more about scholarship opportunities, visit