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Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on 9/4/2018

With jobs to fill in Vermont’s Upper Valley towns, the lack of housing affordable to potential employees is becoming an obvious economic challenge, according to Vermont Business Magazine.  

The article acknowledges the clear benefit of several recent rental housing renovation and construction projects in White River Junction, including the VHFA-supported mixed-income apartment building on Sykes Mountain Avenue and mixed-used complex at the corner of Bridge and Main streets.

Because of the growing importance of the linkages between the affordability of a town’s housing stock and economic sustainability, this year’s Vermont Statewide Housing Conference will feature a series of workshops on best practices for Vermont towns.  Read more about the conference’s Economic Development workshop featuring case studies of two Vermont towns that used housing to generate job and business growth. 

Early bird conference registration is open for a limited time. 

Pictured: Plans for Sykes Mountain Avenue development. Courtesy of Twin Pines Housing

Posted by: Mia Watson on 8/30/2018

The Vermont State Treasurer’s Office is now accepting local investment financing proposals in the areas of weatherization and housing improvement. Agencies, authorities, non-profits, municipalities, and housing organizations are eligible to apply.

The State Treasurer’s Office manages an ongoing process of local investments that began in 2014 when the Vermont State Legislature established a Local Investment Advisory Committee. The initiative aims to invest a portion of the state’s operating funds in Vermont communities, while earning a competitive rate of return. These financing projects redirect funds that were invested primarily in out-of-state government agency securities and money market accounts at large financial institutions, to local investments. The Treasurer’s Office has committed over $30 million since 2014 in energy improvements in residential housing, commercial energy projects, higher education, and in the rehabilitation of State office buildings for energy efficiencies. Pursuant to Act 188 of 2018, the Treasurer, in consultation with the LIAC, is authorized to invest up to $5,000,000 in weatherization and housing improvement.

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. To view the official solicitation go to: VermontTreasurer.gov. All proposals and questions should be directed to Ashlynn Doyon, State Treasurer’s Office. She may be contacted via email at ashlynn.doyon@vermont.gov or by calling (802) 828-1451.

Posted by: Mia Watson on 8/29/2018

Raymond James is our newest Premiere level sponsor of the 2018 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference. The conference will be held on November 13th and 14th at the Hilton Burlington. Conference registration is now open, with special early bird pricing available for a limited time only.

The conference, held every two years, draws hundreds of housing professionals, including legislators, town and regional planners, advocates, developers, and bankers. It offers a unique opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired about housing in Vermont. This exciting event would not be possible without sponsors like Raymond James.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available! Sign up to sponsor this event now to get free conference registrations, an exhibit table, and many marketing benefits. Learn more about sponsorship benefits online.

Posted by: Mia Watson on 8/23/2018

CohnReznick is our newest Platinum level sponsor of the 2018 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference. The conference will be held on November 13th and 14th at the Hilton Burlington. Conference registration is now open, with special early bird pricing available for a limited time only.

The conference, held every two years, draws hundreds of housing professionals, including legislators, town and regional planners, advocates, developers, and bankers. It offers a unique opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired about housing in Vermont. This exciting event would not be possible without sponsors like CohnReznick.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are left! Sign up to sponsor this event now to get free conference registrations, an exhibit table, and many marketing benefits. Learn more about sponsorship benefits online.

Posted by: Mia Watson on 8/20/2018

Registration is now open for the ever-popular Vermont Statewide Housing Conference on November 13th and 14th, 2018. The conference is held every two years shortly after the election. For a limited time, the registration fee is offered at a discounted early-bird rate. This year's conference will again be held at the Hilton Burlington but with exciting changes and more options focused on the impact Vermont communities have on housing affordability.

An inspiring line-up of interactive, cutting-edge sessions will focus on specific municipal policy tools and community case studies. The 2016 conference drew over 400 housing professionals, including legislators, town and regional planners, advocates, developers and bankers. Attendee evaluations from previous conferences have been consistently positive about the many opportunities to network, learn, and be inspired. 

The conference will begin on Tuesday, November 13 at 1:00 pm and will feature two workshop options: a 2-part series on becoming bilingual in housing and health care or you can choose the returning Housing 101 workshop series that consistently delivers must-have intel about housing programs and players.

Wednesday, November 14, will provide a full day of learning and collaborating, starting with a legislative breakfast reception and the announcement of the Legislative Housing Hero. Next up, designer, architect and social innovator Liz Ogbu will inspire us as this year’s keynote speaker. Afterward, a series of short, powerful snap interviews will provide ideas about the future landscape of housing policy at the federal and state levels.

During lunch, this year's Innovation and Impact Housing Hero will be announced. In the afternoon, we will head into workshops to learn about the latest tools and best practices for maximizing and understanding housing affordability issues at the community level, including a special communications workshop delivered by national thought leader Tiffany Manuel.

Since making new connections and renewing existing ones are critical to putting ideas into practice, there will be plenty of networking breaks and a late afternoon reception on Wednesday overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain.

You cannot afford to miss this productive, innovative conference, so why not register today?
 

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