General Session: Keynote Address

Can the shape of your city affect how happy you are? Yes, says Charles Montgomery, who explores the intersection of urban design and the new science of happiness. In psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, and in cityscapes from Disneyland to Dubai, he finds the link between the ways we think about risk and reward and the ways we design our cities. How is happiness connected to housing? Join this intriguing discussion to find out….
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General Session – The Future of Housing Policy

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Housing Commission aims to reform the nation’s housing policy by crafting a package of realistic and actionable policy recommendations that respond to both the near-term and long-term challenges facing the housing sector. After more than a year of work, the Commission released the much-anticipated recommendations in February 2013. The opening general session will feature a lively discussion among three of commissioners about their recommendations and what they mean for the future of housing policy in the United States….
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Why Housing Matters for Health, Education, and the Economy

The value of affordable housing extends beyond shelter. Among other benefits, affordable housing may help improve residential and school stability, leading to better educational outcomes for children. Well-built and maintained housing can also lead to lower risks of lead poisoning and asthma. Furthermore, the development and rehabilitation of housing is critical to creating jobs and otherwise supporting the economic vitality of the community. This session will explore the interconnectedness of housing to these other community benefits and discuss how an improved awareness of these connections can broaden support for affordable housing and lead to more effective and coordinated approaches to the production and preservation of housing affordable to range of incomes….
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Tools to Help Cities Become More Prepared for Development in the New Normal

This discussion will include a summary of lessons learned from ULI Minnesota’s Navigating the New Normal workshops for public officials. The workshops provide a forum to foster a meaningful dialogue between public and private sector leaders with respect to the challenges and opportunities of development and redevelopment created by today’s economic realities, market preferences and demographic shifts. This session is a must-attend for those looking for models for local engagement on a complex set of issues with clear implications for housing….
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Financing Mixed-Use Development and Place-Making Infrastructure

Financing is an essential component of developing mixed-use, location-efficient communities. This session will focus on successful strategies for accessing the financing needed to make these developments work. Learn how developers have overcome the challenges and found opportunities to finance developments that mix affordable housing options with retail and commercial uses. Panelists will also explore how communities have financed place-making infrastructure around transit stations to attract private-sector development. …
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Reducing Federal Deficits: It’s Time for Housing Finance Reform

As Congress debates a variety of proposals to reduce U.S. debt and deficits, popular real estate programs like MID, FHA, and GSEs finds itself on the negotiating table. According to a recent study by Smart Growth America, the federal government spends or commits approximately $450 billion. Join a discussion about how key policy reforms and recommendations can reduce this enormous price tag and align public policy to meet market demands for housing in walkable, sustainable developments across the country….
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Greening Affordable Housing

Green building has moved from being just about design, operations, and certification to creating and maintaining sustainable housing and communities. This session will explore the latest trends in greening housing that is affordable. Panelists will discuss topics such as reducing utility consumption and cost through sustainable building practices by sharing examples of housing developments from across the country. The session will also explore holistic design and planning that incorporates environmental health through tools such as health impact assessments. …
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