The Balancing Act: Blending Housing and Commercial Development to Build Thriving Communities

The Balancing Act: Blending Housing and Commercial Development to Build Thriving Communities

NeighborWorks America

Picture a quaint downtown area of shopping boutiques, restaurants and businesses with homes, condos and apartment living mixed right in. Do you imagine this charming, flourishing community to be in a small town or somewhere urban or suburban?

It could be either, and with the right tools, skills and partnerships it is possible that your town could have all those characteristics, too.

Join us for a symposium – The Balancing Act: Blending Housing and Commercial Development to Build Thriving Communities – on June 22 in Boston.

The symposium is part of the weeklong NeighborWorks Training Institute in Boston (June 20 – 24), which is widely recognized as the source of premier community development training.

You'll meet experienced developers, lenders, new markets tax credit investors and local officials to explore the opportunities that mixed-use and commercial development offer our communities and businesses. Discover how community development organizations use their expertise and assets to support commercial development.

While some markets have lots of financing and zoning tools that are friendly to mixed-use development, other markets are hampered by single-use zoning and lack local financing resources. "Hot" markets can foster mixed-use development, but markets in need of revitalization struggle to attract this kind of development.

Guest speakers include Thomas M. Menino, mayor of the City of Boston; Manuel Pastor, co-director for the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz; Jair K. Lynch, president and CEO of The Jair Lynch Companies; and Douglas I. Foy, secretary of the Massachusetts Office for Commonwealth Development.

Presenters will discuss characteristics of a healthy thriving community and examine the role of CDCs in the past and in the future with case examples from various parts of the country that illustrate the strategic use of commercial and mixed-use real estate to strengthen neighborhoods and CDCs equitable development and regionalism and the roles CDCs can take in these larger contexts

Afternoon breakout sessions will provide a more intimate discussion for participants new to commercial and mixed-use development or for those already experienced in the subject.

More details and a registration form are available on our web site.

Related Link: NeighborWorks Symposium on Multifamily Excellence

For more information contact:

NeighborWorks Training Institute
NeighborWorks America
1325 G Street, NW, Suite 800
DC 22314
United States

Phone: 800.438.5547 or 202.220.2454
Fax: 202.376.2168
Email: [email protected]

Posted May 10, 2005

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