Still time to register for National Housing Conference in Boston on July 28

The National Association of REALTORS® and the National Housing Conference selected Boston to host one of its three 2011 Bring Workers Home regional forums and it is taking place on Thursday, July 28 at the Hyatt Regency Boston. If you’d like to attend there is still time to register. The deadline is Friday, July 22.

Click this link to register online:

This forum is designed for employers and HR professionals, REALTORS®, urban and regional planners, housing and community development leaders, local elected and appointed officials, state HFA representatives, and anyone interested in workforce housing.




The cost to attend is $45 and includes lunch and refreshments. (If you are REALTOR®, there are stipends available to attend as well. Click the following link to find out more  2011 REGIONAL WORKFORCE HOUSING FORUM STIPEND PROGRAM GUIDELINES)

Bring Workers Home will explore a core set of issues, including:

  • Learning how to create and sustain workforce housing programs in your community.
  • Understanding the importance of advancing workforce housing through local and regional partnerships.
  • Exploring workforce housing issues from the perspective of employers.
  • Hearing from other practitioners and advocates managing successful workforce housing strategies.

The outstanding lineup of speakers at Bring Workers Home will explore a core set of issues as indicated by the agenda below:

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.     Registration Open (Light Refreshments Available)

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.     Welcome
•    Ron Phipps, National Association of REALTORS®
•    Dave Dalzell, National Association of REALTORS® (Master of Ceremonies)

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.     Opening Remarks
•    Secretary Gregory Bialecki, Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    Opening Panel: “The Growing Cost of Place—Why Workforce Housing Matters in Massachusetts”
•    Laurie Cadigan, Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (moderator)
•    Tom Gleason, MassHousing
•    Robert Clifford, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
•    Jennifer Raitt, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
•    Sara Barcan, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.    Keynote: “An Employer Perspective on Workforce Housing”
•    Maureen Friar, National Housing Conference (introduction)
•    Jeffrey Lubell, Center for Housing Policy

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.     Lunch and Networking

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.      Panel: “Workforce Housing in Action”
•    Patti Lawton, National Association of REALTORS® (Introduction)
•    Samantha DeKoven, Metropolitan Planning Council (moderator)
•    Teresa Tilton, New Jersey Association of REALTORS®
•    Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust
•    Jim Flaherty, City of Philadelphia
•    Jan Brodie, The Community Builders

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.     Break

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Panel: “Advancing Workforce Housing through Partnerships”
•    Patti Lawton, National Association of REALTORS® (Introduction)
•    Samantha DeKoven, Metropolitan Planning Council (moderator)
•    Peter Elkowitz, Long Island Housing Partnership
•    David Wluka, Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®
•    Megan Amundson, No on Question 2 Campaign

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Networking Reception (Light Refreshments Available)
Join NHC’s President and CEO to learn more about where NHC is headed in housing’s new era and how you can be a part of it!
•    Maureen Friar, National Housing Conference