NeighborWorks Training Institute
Washington, DC • Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Alex Kotlowitz to Speak at Symposium
Alex Kotlowitz is the author of The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death and America's Dilemma. The New York Times wrote: "Of all the many books written about race in America in the past couple of years, none has been quite like The Other Side of the River. . . . It is the difference between the two towns, one white, one black, that anchors this story, gives it its soul, and makes it important, essential even, for the rest of us to contemplate." Learn more about this exciting guest speaker . . . .
Anticipating the foreclosure crisis before it hit the mainstream media, our industry worked with speed and skill to retool its infrastructure
to assist hundreds of thousands of homeowners in or at risk
of foreclosure. While continuing to serve these homeowners
in record numbers, the nonprofit sector is again
rising to the challenge, creating innovative new partnerships
to help communities deal with the destabilizing effects of vacant properties, displaced residents and reduced property values.
Decades of community development experience is now being tapped to develop and implement sustainable stabilization strategies using federal funding under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and other resources. Once again, our industry is retooling its infrastructure to combine a depth of experience with new resources — this time to address neighborhoods and communities
in the wake of foreclosure.
Register now for this exciting and informative event —
space is limited!
Join us in DC in December to learn how the community development field is combining decades of experience with new tools, new partnerships and new opportunities to stabilize communities in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. This will be a practical symposium focusing on comprehensive, sustainable
policy and planning actions. Sessions will highlight innovative financing, property acquisition and development strategies aimed at helping organizations and communities improve and advance neighborhood stabilization — with a long term goal of vibrant sustainability.
At this symposium, you will hear about:
- Current case studies and state-of-the-art lessons learned from the work of community stabilization programs across the country
- Real experiences in merging real estate development with resident engagement and other strategies for comprehensive, sustainable neighborhood recovery
- A new framework and tools to define and track success
at various points in the stabilization process
- Stories of residents at the frontlines working hard
to restore and maintain community in the face of change
Distinguished speakers including policy makers, funders, practitioners and media will bring the latest and best techniques, ideas and stories to attendees. Leave this symposium with new knowledge and ideas to get the work done in your community!
Special FREE Afternoon Workshops on
Monday and Tuesday
Monday, December 7, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Rising to the Challenge: Using HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Tuesday, December 8, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Rising to the Challenge: A Streamlined Approach to Evaluating Your Community Stabilization Program
Responsible and Sustainable Redevelopment: The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative
Master of Ceremonies:
Daniel T. Kildee, Genesee County Treasurer; Chairman Genesee Land Bank; and President, Genesee Institute
Opening Session and Photo Contest Multimedia Presentation
Keynote Presentation: Governor Elizabeth A. Duke, Federal Reserve
Keynote Presentation: Mercedes Márquez (invited) , Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Participant Discussion of Key Issues
Video Presentation: Case Studies in Stabilization
Panel: Defining Success and Measuring Progress
How is success in stabilization being defined and measured by funders and practitioners? How is evaluating stabilization different from evaluating revitalization and sustainability? What are the practical challenges and successes in these kinds of evaluations?
Panel: Stabilization and Sustainability in Practice
What is the difference in planning for stabilization and long-term sustainability in our work? What does it mean for our actions now? Can we afford to think long-term while our neighborhoods are in crisis? What do we need to plan successfully?
Table Discussion with Speakers & Panelists
The Home Depot Foundation Awards of Excellence for Sustainable Community Development
Presented by President Kelly Cafferelli
Luncheon Plenary: Douglas H. Palmer, Mayor, City of Trenton, NJ
Video Presentation: Case Studies in Stabilization
Panel: Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Case Studies in Property Acquisition/Disposition
Property acquisition/disposition is a key strategy for NSP grantees, and one of the most challenging. How are grantees making this strategy work? What choices have panelists considered to build long-term sustainability, given local and regional market conditions?
Sneak Preview: New and Improved! www.StableCommunities.org
Panel: How Multiple Practitioners and Policymakers Are Coordinating Stabilization Activities for Long-Term Sustainability
Meet a team of partners from the Newark?Essex COunty Foreclosure Task Force and hear their stories and tips on coordinating activities toward common goals of stabilization and sustainability.
Presentation: Awards for Academic Poster and Photo Contests
Closing Plenary: Alex Kotlowitz (invited), Bestselling Author and Journalist, All Boarded Up: Stabilization in the Media
Closing Session: Summary and Challenge
Networking Reception (5:30 – 7:00 pm)
Presented by NeighborWorks America.
Symposium cost: $235 (includes materials, plenary session, workshops, keynote luncheon and networking reception)
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