04 August 2017

What Works Mesa? Managing the Essential Link: Affordable Housing & Economic Development

Perhaps there is 'a missing link' here in Mesa - or maybe a disconnect,or no established connection, or a clear and unquestionable connection that there is AN ESSENTIAL LINK TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - add the word ATTAINABLE to affordable and that can get done.
Re:Webinar/Training course http://www.iedconline.org
Managing the Essential Link: Affordable Housing & Economic Development
While often overlooked, affordable housing is a significant contributor to economic development. Well-designed housing programs have the potential to benefit not just the surrounding community, but also the residents of those neighborhoods. However, lack of housing at the right price points and locations may hinder businesses from attracting and retaining the workers they need.
For instance, problems linked to increased transportation costs and reduced disposable income may cause workers to relocate to more affordable areas, decreasing the community’s overall competitiveness.
While economic developers tend to be focused on businesses, housing as a key attribute of your community may need to be addressed in your strategic economic development plan.
Hear about the numerous studies that have associated affordable housing with increased job creation, consumer spending, and sources of revenue streams for state and local governments, and the benefits it may have on a community's business industries.
These factors can lead to a more stabilized, diverse, and satisfied employee-base.
During this webinar, you'll cover:
• The importance of affordable housing in a community's workforce and quality of life
• Collaborative efforts EDOs can champion with local government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector to address affordable housing and economic development
• Available financing tools for affordable housing.

Date: August 17, 2017
Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers
Registration Deadline: August 17 at 11:00 am ET
Instructions will be emailed on August 16
Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, August 7
Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.or
Ernestine Garey
Senior Advisor
Atlanta Housing Authority
Atlanta, GA
Ernestine W. Garey is currently the Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA). In this role, she provides leadership for Atlanta’s Choice Neighborhood Project as well as other strategic initiatives of AHA.
Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s economic development agency. In her capacity as COO, Ms. Garey managed and directed the day-to-day activities of Invest Atlanta’s operating departments and was the strategic liaison fortifying relationships with the Board of Directors, Atlanta City Council and other governmental and community stakeholders.
She is the President Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), the premier advocacy group of affordable housing professionals. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. and is Board Chair of the Diabetes Association of Atlanta.
Henrietta Owusu, DM, AICP
Director, Program Policy Division
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC
Henrietta Owusu is the Director of the Program Policy Division in HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs. Henrietta is a professional planner with over two decades of public sector experience in community planning and development, mostly in the development and financing of affordable housing. Prior to coming to HUD, she served as the Acting Director for the Department of Housing and Economic Development and Director of the Division of Housing Production in Trenton, New Jersey. Henrietta has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and a Doctorate in Management from the University of Maryland University College.
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