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Draft Agenda for 2019 Summit


9:00 AM      Welcome ‚Äč& State of the Region’s Housing
-   Housing North Update
-   Successful Regional Proposals & Projects
9:25 AM How Many Homes Do We Need? Target Market Analysis Update
  Sharon Woods, LandUse USA
A residential Target Market Analysis was developed for Northwest Michigan in 2014, with forecasts of the housing market potential for all ten counties in the region and through 2019. An update to that study is now underway (with some changes to the format) and results will be available for most cities and villages in the region. Sharon Woods of LandUseUSA | Urban Strategies will give an overview of the work approach, preliminary findings for Grand Traverse County, and what to expect when the full report is released later this year.

10:00 AM  

Michigan’s Housing Market & Program Impacts: MSHDA Housing Needs Assessment Overview
David Allen, MSHDA
Recent trends in Michigan’s housing markets will impact Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) policies and programs around placemaking, affordable and workforce housing, and homeownership. David Allen from MSHDA’s Office of Market Research will discuss MSHDA’s Statewide Housing Needs Assessment, which explores these recent housing trends in the context of MSHDA programs and policies.

10:40 AM 


11:00 AM  Big Success in Small Towns: Working with Developers in Rural Communities
Shannon Morgan, Renovare
What are developers looking for in rural communities? What are some resources that have made projects work?  Hear from multi-family affordable housing developer Renovare about successful projects in rural and small-town Michigan, what communities can do to pave the way for development, and state and federal resources that are often underused by small communities.
11:45 AM  LUNCH

12:15 PM


Leveraging Land for Housing Solutions: The Urban Land Conservancy Model
Aaron Miripol, President & CEO, Urban Land Conservancy
The Urban Land Conservancy acquires, preserves, and develops real estate to under-served areas for long-term community benefit in the greater Denver and Front Range area. Through the acquisition, development and preservation of real estate in urban areas, they help communities meet infrastructure needs such as schools, affordable housing, community centers and nonprofit facility space. Though its practices resemble those of both land banks and community land trusts, the ULC is in other ways a very different kind of real estate organization. Aaron Miripol, President and CEO of the Urban Land Conservancy, will share ULC’s real estate model, and how it leverages partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations to preserve and build community assets - including affordable housing.

1:30 PM 

Land Bank Authorities: Leveraging Land & Local Tools for Housing
Jim Tischler, Michigan Land Bank Authority
Land bank authorities are organized at the county level to deal with tax foreclosures, and come with important legal and financial tools available to get land back into private ownership and on the tax rolls – from demolishing blighted buildings, to cleaning up contamination, to the purchase, sale, and management of property, to partnerships with private or nonprofit developers. Jim Tischler of the Michigan Land Bank Authority will share information about how land bank authorities are organized, the tools available to them, and how counties throughout Michigan are using them in partnership with local governments and nonprofits to meet local goals.


2:15 PM 

Framing the Message: New Housing Communications Tools & Campaign Kickoff
Woody Smith, Avenue ISR
We know that a lack of public support and engagement are huge barriers to moving housing projects and initiatives forward. How can we better communicate housing needs to the public - and get them engaged in solutions? Housing North and Avenue ISR have developed messaging guidance around housing solutions that will be paired with an advocacy campaign designed to drive action from the public, local governments, and employers. Learn more about messaging from Woody Smith of Avenue ISR, along with an update on the Housing North awareness campaign.

3:00 PM


Housing Policy Landscape: Panel
Kent Wood, Borealis Consulting
Brad Ward, Michigan REALTORS®
Jennifer Rigterink, Michigan Municipal League
Jessica Acmoody, Community and Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM)

With housing solutions becoming an ever-greater economic development priority statewide, the time is right to advance policy change in Lansing. Learn about Housing North’s newly-developed policy agenda, how it can move forward in Lansing, and what other housing initiatives have been happening in Lansing, with speakers from MML, the Michigan REALTORS, CEDAM, and Borealis Consulting.



$45 Early bird: Register by September 15

$55 Registration: September 16  - October 10*

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*The deadline to register is October 10


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