NACCED held its 43rd Annual Educational Conference and Training in Minneapolis, MN September 23-26, 2018. Hosted by Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington Counties, the event brought together housing, community and economic development professionals from counties and cities across the country discussing topics as diverse and timely as missing middle housing, community land trusts, Opportunity Zones, gentrification and much more.
The conference kicked things off with two training workshops: ZoomGrants 201 and Housing Counseling Certification Rule Training. These deep dive educational offerings provided attendees with an opportunity to bring additional practical information back to their communities. Following the workshops, NACCED held its standing committee meetings including the Education, Housing, Community Development, Economic Development and Membership Committees. The committees discussed several best practices, tools, and resources for local governments to utilize. Committee presentations included an update on Opportunity Zones, a look into a regional affordable housing study from Orange County, FL, and an intro and conversation on HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee program.
Day two of the conference was packed with interesting and innovative topics. Attendees were welcomed by Hennepin County Board of Commissioners Chair, Janis Callison and through a video message from Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. The opening general session featured a briefing from HUD Headquarters’ Peter Huber, Deputy Director for the Office of Affordable Housing Programs and Steve Johnson, Director of Entitlement Communities Division in the Office of Block Grant Assistance. The session featured information on new guidance coming from HUD, and what grantees should prepare for in the coming months. The session also included a robust question and answer section where attendees asked all the burning HUD questions they’ve been holding onto. Next, national housing experts Bob Simpson, Vice President of Multifamily Affordable and Green Housing at Fannie Mae and Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, presented on Housing is Infrastructure. They also provided attendees with helpful information about how local governments can help frame the housing conversation to get community support for affordable housing investment.
The afternoon sessions featured several panels split into three tracks: Housing, Policy and Planning, and Community and Economic Development. Topics included naturally occurring affordable housing, comprehensive planning strategies, innovations in economic development, community land trusts, disaster prevention, and small business growth. The day ended with the John C. Murphy Scholarship Fund Silent Auction sponsored by Dominium. The auction had a number of highly sought-after items and raised over $2100 for the scholarship fund!
Day three of the conference kicked off with a welcome from Michael Langley, CEO for Greater MSP, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Economic Development Partnership. Langley spoke about the incredible economic development work being done in the region. Minneapolis-St. Paul is home to 19 of the Fortune 500 Companies including Target, Best Buy, 3M, General Mills and more! The morning general session included a panel from the region speaking about the Dorothy Day Place and Higher Ground, a two-building campus designed to prevent and end homelessness. The session provided attendees with a primer for the Higher Ground conference tour held the following day.
The Tuesday morning concurrent session topics included alternative housing and the missing middle, the Twin Cities section 3 collaborative, and a telling your story workshop. The concurrent sessions were followed by the annual awards luncheon and NACCED business meeting. Attendees heard from keynote speaker Ben Austen, author of the book High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen was also a guest on the NACCED Holistic Housing Podcast earlier in the month. Attendees were able to purchase Austen’s book and have it signed during the luncheon.
Following the keynote speech, a number of awards and honors were announced as part of the annual NACCED business meeting.
Roy Hoover award recipient: Margaret Kish, Pima County, AZ
The Roy Hoover Award, named for NACCED’s co-founder and first Board president, is presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions and achieved significant accomplishments in his or her service to NACCED, to the housing, community development and economic development profession, and to county government.
John C. Murphy Scholarship recipient: Andrew Fackler
Andrew is a former DuPage County, IL intern and current Iowa State University student.
NACCED 2018 Awards of Excellence Recipients:
In the category of Community Development – Cuyahoga County, OH, “Community Development Supplemental Grants”
In the category of Economic Development – Nassau County Office of Housing and Community Development, “Farmingdale Village Downtown Revitalization”
In the category of Homeless Coordination/Assistance – Anoka County Community and Government Relations, “Stepping out of Homelessness”
In the category of Affordable Housing – The Community Development Commission/Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles, “Promoting Healthy Communities for Older Adults”
In the category of Planning/Policy/Program Management – Orange County, City of Orlando, Seminole County, Osceola County, “Central Florida – Regional Affordable Housing Initiative”
In the category of Innovation – DuPage County, IL, “GIS Interactive Story Map”
A new slate of officers was also voted on during the business meeting. NACCED’s 2018-2019 Board of Directors is as follows:
For Directors, to serve a two-year term ending in 2020:
- Jennifer Daniels, Arlington County, VA
- George Serio, Essex County, NJ
- Linda Jenkins, Los Angeles County, CA
- David Sacks, Henrico County, VA
For Officers, to serve a one-year term expiring in 2019:
- President: Mitchell Glasser, Orange County, FL
- Vice President: Mary Keating, DuPage County, IL
- Secretary/Treasurer: Cheryl Markham, King County, WA
- NACCED Representative to the NACo Board: Patricia Ward, Tarrant County, TX
- Immediate Past President: Karen Wiley, Salt Lake County, UT
The balance of the Board with a term expiring in 2019 includes:
- Jim Johnston, Allegheny County, PA
- Tonja West-Hafner, Hennepin County, MN
- Samantha Whitley, Clark County, WA
- Israel Henry, Shelby County, TN
The day finished with more concurrent sessions coving topics including in-house vs. third party administration, special presentations from the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs students, and putting a low-income housing tax credit deal together using CDBG and HOME funding.
The evening featured a conference-wide event and networking reception at the Mill City Museum sponsored by ZoomGrants. This unique museum focuses on the growth of Minneapolis featuring some of the major industries in the area, especially flour milling, and is built around the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill.
The conference closed out Wednesday with a tour of Higher Ground, an overnight emergency shelter in St. Paul with social services provided through collaboration with Ramsey County. Staff from the facility guided attendees around and explained the many services the shelter provides homeless adults in the region.
Thank you to our Minnesota hosts and the incredible sponsors, presenters and attendees who made this conference a success. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year in Tucson, Arizona for the 44th Annual Educational Conference and Training hosted by Pima County, Arizona, October 13-16, 2019. More details to come!