2016 HLA Conference


Seeking Prosperity: The Role of Housing in Local Economies

Friday, November 4, 2016
8:30 am-3:30 pm (8:00-8:30 am registration and coffee)
David Evans & Associates, 2100 SW River Parkway
Portland, Oregon

Thank you to everyone who attend the 2016 Housing Land Advocates Conference. 

HLA’s 2016 Conference focused on the role of housing in local economies. This year’s speakers represented diverse perspectives, including economic forecasters, economic development professionals, city and county leaders, business and industry representatives, and urban planning researchers. We delved into the challenges and opportunities related to workforce housing, the impact of short-term rentals in rural and urban destination communities, and the connection between housing availability and affordability and regional growth. We brought together national, regional and local experts to explore these concepts and consider ways to meet housing needs while growing local economies. Conference presentations are linked below.

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Conference Schedule

8:00 am: Registration & Coffee

8:30 am: Conference Welcome, Jennifer Bragar, President, Housing Land Advocates

8:40 am: Keynote Address: Oregon’s Economic and Housing OutlookJosh Lehner, Senior EconomistOregon Department of Economic Analysis

9:20 am: Jobs-Housing Fit: Linking Housing Affordability and Local Wages, Dr. Alex Karner, Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology

9:55 am: Break

10:05 am: Panel, Local Economic Development and Workforce Housing
Tyler Bump, Senior Economic Planner, City of Portland, Economic Prosperity and Housing Affordability

Carolyn Eagan, Economic Development Director, City of Bend, Local Economic Development and Affordable Housing
Carla McClane, Planning Director, Morrow County, Local Economic Development and Workforce Housing

11:05 am: The Economics of Inclusionary Housing, Lorelei Juntunen, Partner/Project Director, ECONorthwest

11:40 am: Lunch & Presentation of the 2nd Annual Ed Sullivan Award for Housing Advocacy, presented to Cameron Herrington, Anti-Displacement Coordinator, Living Cully

12:40 pm: The Urban Crisis in San Francisco: From Residential to Industrial Displacement, Dr. Karen Chapple, Professor of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

1:15 pm: Panel, Housing Challenges in Destination Communities
Carolyn Eagan, Economic Development Director & Lorelei Williams, Short-Term Rental Program Coordinator, City of Bend, Housing Issues in Destination Communities
Bill Hall, Commissioner, Lincoln County, Housing Issues on the Oregon Coast
Heather Staten, Executive Director, Hood River Valley Residents Committee & Joel Madsen, Executive Director, Mid Columbia Housing Authority, Housing Hood River

2:15 pm: Break

2:25 pm: Panel, The Need for Workforce Housing
Corky Collier, Executive Director, Columbia Corridor AssociationJob Polarization and the Importance of Middle Income Jobs
Chad Freeman, President, Strategic Economic Development Corporation
Felisa Hagins, Political Director, SEIU Local 49
Sarah Joannides, Director of Social Responsibility, New Seasons Market, New Seasons Market: The Need for Affordable Workforce Housing

3:25 pm: Closing Remarks, Jennifer Bragar, President, Housing Land Advocates

AICP and CLE Credits are pending and will be available as soon as possible after the conference
Many thanks to Garvey Schubert Barer and David Evans & Associates for their generous sponsorship 

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