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January 20, 2009


Tuesday, March 31, 2009
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hilton East Brunswick
3 Tower Center Boulevard
East Brunswick, New Jersey


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.              Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.            Opening General Session

The Nation’s and New Jersey’s economies and housing markets are experiencing major downturns.  In this troubling context, what are the new realities, implications, policy issues and updates concerning Financial Markets, COAH, State Financing and Housing Programs, Successful Partnerships, Development Strategies, and Foreclosures.

Presiding: Louise Wilson, Mayor, Montgomery, President NJLM Education Foundation And League 2nd Vice President
Invited Panelists:

Jim Hughes, Dean, Bloustein School of Planning, Rutgers University, Trustee,  NJLM Education Foundation

Joseph V. Doria, Jr., Commissioner, Department of Community Affairs

Marge DellaVecchia, Executive Director, New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, Department of Community Affairs (Invited)

DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Reverend, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Garden, Somerset (Invited)

Peter Reinhart, Esq., General Counsel, K. Hovnanian Homes, Inc.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Networking Break


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Session A: Special Needs Affordable Housing
Session will discuss best practices for how communities can create independent living arrangements for individuals with disabilities and link them to services in the community.  Learn how model programs are performing and what community groups provide successful linkages for the disabled as they work toward self-sufficiency.  Issues related to financial structuring and local zoning/planning approvals will also be included.

Presiding: Jun Choi, Mayor, Edison, Vice President NJLM Education Foundation
Invited Panelists:

Tim Doherty, Project Freedom (Invited)
Pam McCrory, NJ Housing Mortgage Finance Agency
Richard Brown, Monarch Housing
Alison Recca-Ryan, Corporation for Supportive Housing (Invited)
Sue Repko, Global Communities of Support (Invited) 
Kevin Martone, NJ Department of Human Services (Invited)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Session B: Workforce Housing
Experts will define workforce housing and its relationship to local employment and employer based participation.  Services, transportation and other required infrastructure necessary to support workforce housing will be identified and analyzed to determine best practices and models that municipalities can utilize to adequately produce and support the creation of workforce housing.  Successful marketing tools and strategies will also be reviewed.

Presiding: J. Christian Bollwage, Mayor, Elizabeth, NJLM Past President
Invited Panelists:

Beth Kitchen, Kitchen Associates (Gerry to provide contact info)
Meg Sowell, (Invited)
Angus Jennings, Concord Square Development Corporation (Invited)
Peter Kasabach, Executive Director, New Jersey Future (Invited)

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.             Luncheon

Invited Keynote Speaker:         Hon. Michael Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia (Invited)

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.                Networking Break

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Session C: Abandoned Property Redevelopment
Learn how to reclaim blighted, underutilized and abandoned properties and transform them into new housing opportunities and ratables.  The State’s Abandoned Property Laws and related strategies will be reviewed and evaluated.  A panel of experts will highlight successful projects and initiatives throughout the State.  The relevance and necessary link to local neighborhood and community building strategies will also be discussed during this session.

Presiding: Wayne Smith, Mayor, Irvington, President, Urban Mayors Association (Invited)
Invited Panelists:

M. James Maley, Mayor, Collingswood
John Burzichelli, Assemblyman, District 3; Mayor, Paulsboro (Invited)
Ed McManimon, League Associate Counsel, McManimon & Scotland
Allan Mallach, National Housing Institute
John Kromer, Fels Institute at University of Pennsylvania

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Session D: Foreclosure Mitigation
Learn what resources are available to help homeowners facing foreclosure.  Speakers will discuss national trends, programs and grants that finance counseling for homeowners with subprime loans and other problems to assist displaced workers.  Housing experts will explain how federal proposals are impacting housing developments and foreclosure prevention.

Presiding: Robert L. Bowser, Mayor, East Orange, NJLM Past President
Invited Panelists:

Christiana Foglio, President, Community Investment Strategies, Inc. (Invited)
Frank Piazza, President, Affordable Housing Professionals of NJ (AHPNJ)
Pat Morrissy, Hands, Inc.
Donna Turner, AHOME (Invited)

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Session E: Experts Roundtable
This free-flowing program will include experts and policy makers from across the State and allow ample opportunity for Q/A for audience members.    If you have a question on affordable housing, this program should allow you to get your answers.

Presiding: Patricia Flannery, Mayor, Bridgewater Township
Invited Panelists:

Shirley Bishop, Consultant/Planner, Shirley M. Bishop, LLC
Lucy Vandenberg, Executive Director, COAH, Department of Community Affairs (Invited)
Benjamin Spinelli, Executive Director, Office of Smart Growth,
Eileen Swan, Executive Director, Highlands Council (Invited)
Edwin W. Schmierer, NJLM Assistant Counsel, Mason, Griffin and Pierson

3:30 p.m.         Adjournment                                                                     




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