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Managing the Essential Link: Affordable Housing & Economic Development

Date: August 17, 2017

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: August 17 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on August 16

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, August 7

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


While often overlooked, affordable housing is a significant contributor to economic development. Well-designed housing programs have the potential to benefit not just the surrounding community, but also the residents of those neighborhoods. However, lack of housing at the right price points and locations may hinder businesses from attracting and retaining the workers they need. For instance, problems linked to increased transportation costs and reduced disposable income may cause workers to relocate to more affordable areas, decreasing the community’s overall competitiveness. While economic developers tend to be focused on businesses, housing as a key attribute of your community may need to be addressed in your strategic economic development plan.

Hear about the numerous studies that have associated affordable housing with increased job creation, consumer spending, and sources of revenue streams for state and local governments, and the benefits it may have on a community's business industries. These factors can lead to a more stabilized, diverse, and satisfied employee-base.

During this webinar, you'll cover:

• The importance of affordable housing in a community's workforce and quality of life
• Collaborative efforts EDOs can champion with local government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector to address affordable housing and economic development
• Available financing tools for affordable housing




Ernestine Garey
Senior Advisor
Atlanta Housing Authority
Atlanta, GA

Ernestine W. Garey is currently the Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA). In this role, she provides leadership for Atlanta’s Choice Neighborhood Project as well as other strategic initiatives of AHA.

Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s economic development agency. In her capacity as COO, Ms. Garey managed and directed the day-to-day activities of Invest Atlanta’s operating departments and was the strategic liaison fortifying relationships with the Board of Directors, Atlanta City Council and other governmental and community stakeholders.

During her 30-year tenure with Invest Atlanta, she also served as Managing Director of Housing Finance and was instrumental in the issuance of over $1 billion in housing revenue bonds, creating over 15,000 units of affordable workforce housing, both rental and homeownership, in the City of Atlanta.

A 2014 graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Ms. Garey holds a B.A. from Clark College, an M.A. from Atlanta University, 1971 (both in French), with further studies at Georgia State University in Urban Policy. She has received certification from the National Development Council as a Housing Development and Economic Development Finance Professional.

She is the President Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), the premier advocacy group of affordable housing professionals. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. and is Board Chair of the Diabetes Association of Atlanta.

Henrietta Owusu, DM, AICP
Director, Program Policy Division
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC

Henrietta Owusu is the Director of the Program Policy Division in HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs. Henrietta is a professional planner with over two decades of public sector experience in community planning and development, mostly in the development and financing of affordable housing. Prior to coming to HUD, she served as the Acting Director for the Department of Housing and Economic Development and Director of the Division of Housing Production in Trenton, New Jersey. Henrietta has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and a Doctorate in Management from the University of Maryland University College.


Instructions and Technology

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-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


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• Broadband Internet connection

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Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, August 7. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, August 7.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, August 7 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, August 7 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marjorie Rose at mrose@iedconline.org.