The 4th Annual Community Development Summit, held on May 14-15, 2014, was entitled “Reaching Across Boundaries”.

Sessions and presentations on the policies, programs, and practices that make vibrant, healthy, complete communities were the focus of the Summit. Expert practitioners and industry leaders discussed their experiences in regional collaboration in community planning, land recycling, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization.

See below to learn more about the sessions and view the presentations given at the 4th Annual Community Development Summit. Presentations are in PDF format. To view a copy of the 2014 Summit Program, please click here.

Keynote Presentation

David Rusk, Lunch Keynote: little boxes/limited horizons

Sessions

Community Development in the Age of Creativity

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Establishing the connection between arts and culture in neighborhood planning has long been part of regional thinking. However, the shift beyond bricks and mortar development to strategies more deliberately inclusive of neighborhood diversity is relatively new.

In the age of creativity, where technology has made cultural production more central to our lives, how might our approaches to community planning, and more importantly, neighborhood vitality change? There is a local movement and growing effort to connect arts, culture, and community development to conversations of individual and community pride. Panelists will explore ways to foster individual creativity and the ways in which this can empower communities.

Presenters:

  • Nina Barbuto, ASSEMBLE
  • Majestic Lane, Entrepreneur, Community Planner and Director, JuiceUp 412
  • Joseph Nickol, Architect & Urban Planner, Co-Founder of web platform, “Street Sense.Org.”, Author “Everyday Squares”
  • Thanassis Rikasis, Vice Provost Design, Arts and Technology, CMU
  • Janera Solomon, Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Making Mixed Income Work

Some community development practitioners look to “mixed income” residential developments — multifamily properties that combine market-rate housing with income-and rent-restricted units – as a recipe for overcoming concentrated poverty and achieving economic diversity. But what are the right proportions and ingredients for success? This panel, comprised of seasoned professionals, will talk candidly about the challenges and opportunities involved with financing, developing, and operating communities that include a broad range of incomes.

Presenters:

  • Tamara Dudukovich, Vice President and Senior Community Lending Officer, BNY Mellon
  • Ralph Falbo, President & Founder, Ralph A. Falbo, Inc.
  • Ken Lohiser, Director of Transaction Management for RBC Capital Markets
  • Matt McClung, Area Manager, The Community Builders (TCB),
  • Cindy Picone, Vice President and Director of Real Estate Development, Ralph A. Falbo, Inc.
Building Assets and Opportunities: Proven Approaches to Achieving Family Financial Stability

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Employment alone does not build wealth, lead to financial stability, or end poverty. Two emerging national models are helping families take control of their lives and, over time, break the cycle of poverty. Financial Opportunity Centers offer a bundled service delivery approach that is successfully empowering individuals through employment services, financial coaching, and income support. Circles USA is an anti-poverty program that comprehensively connects a wide range of people, businesses, churches, and institutions. It focuses on putting those in poverty in the lead of achieving their goals and determining their future.

Both renowned programs are targeting assistance to help individuals identify life goals and hold themselves accountable to making progress. Expert practitioners will provide insights into the barriers faced by those who are unemployed and in poverty, share the results of these programs, and discuss how to support creative ways to build income, assets, and wealth in our communities.

Presenters:

  • Yesenia Cervantes, Director, Center for Working Families (CWF) Department at Instituto del Progreso Latino
  • Sarah Dieleman Perry, Program Officer, Neighborhood Allies
  • Marjorie “Margie” Howard, Education Specialist, NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania
  • Ted Melnyk, Director of Family, Community & Social Equity, East Liberty Development, Inc.
Integrating Industrial Land Use Into Community Development

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How can brownfield redevelopment be facilitated, or even encouraged? Industrial land re-use is a compelling strategy for revitalization efforts, and is readily available throughout the region, but practitioners must first understand the steps required to remediate abandoned industrial properties, how to integrate manufacturing land use into residential areas, and the potential resources available to assist in these efforts. Engineers and community developers will tag team this topic by discussing site assessment and remediation, techniques for integrating industrial land use into residential areas, low impact development strategies for industrial land use, funding sources for brownfield redevelopment, and manufacturing incentives.

Presenters:

  • Matt Maloney, Program/Client Manager, Michael Baker Jr.,
  • Steven Savich, Michael Baker Jr., Inc.;
  • Taris Vrcek, Executive Director, McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation
  • Tim White, Vice President, Development, Regional Industrial Development Corporation
Blurring Boundaries: Creating Regional Competitiveness Through Collaboration

As our most compelling community problems increase in complexity, the necessity to reach across jurisdictional lines and industry sectors for economic opportunity continuously increases. This session will provide concrete examples of how to implement collaborative strategies in a practical setting. Panelists from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio will talk about their experiences building cross-sector regional collaborative efforts. From small-scale partnerships to large cross-state collaborative efforts, anyone who wants to increase the productivity of their partnerships will benefit from the practical advice and easy-to-implement tools discussed in this session.

Presenters:

  • Chrystal Alexander, Research Analyst, Fourth Economy Consulting
  • Anne Barth, Executive Director, TechConnect West Virginia
  • Laura Fisher, Senior Vice President, Special Projects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • William P. Getty, President and Trustee, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
  • Chris Thompson, Director of Regional Engagement for the Fund for Our Economic Future, The Fund for our Economic Future
Organizational Governance and Board Management 101

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Does your organization feel overwhelmed by what steps come first? Are you going through growth management and change? Don’t worry; it is a common issue faced by nonprofits and help is on the way! An esteemed panel of experts from diverse careers and experience in nonprofit management will provide you with a crash course on steering your organization’s ship towards improved management and, ultimately, success!

This session will help nonprofit leaders understand good governance practices and policies by exploring topics such as board members’ roles and responsibilities. Empowering your organization’s leadership will enable you to be more resourceful, competitive for funding opportunities, and to be more equipped to operate in a forward thinking trajectory.

Presenters:

  • Kevin Kearns, Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA); Director, Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, University of Pittsburgh
  • Michael Kumer, Principal, Boards Made to Order (MTO)
  • Peggy Morrison Outon, Founding Executive Director, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University
  • Maelene Myers, Executive Director, East Liberty Development, Inc.

A River Runs Through It: The Economics of Recreation and Heritage

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Outdoor recreation has been one of the few market sectors to grow over years of economic decline by continuing to attract adults with disposable income and time. New community engagement strategies are encouraging outdoor recreation and heritage tourism as the central focus to catalyze small business growth through a targeted visitor attraction strategy. This strategy has been put into action with the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail to Pittsburgh, which is opening new opportunities for the distressed communities along its route. Riverfront access, when combined with the plethora of attractions throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, has provided a prime opportunity for recreational and heritage tourism in the region. This original session will explore outcomes from an innovative River Towns Program, paired with a respected Heritage Program, and the regional coalition work that resulted.

Presenters:

  • Donna Holdorf, Executive Director of the National Road Heritage Corridor
  • Cathy McCollom, Principal, McCollom Development Strategies, LLC
How Do I Finance This? Combining Capital Sources to Leverage Results
Gain an understanding of how to combine capital sources to leverage results thereby intensifying redevelopment efforts. This panel discussion will focus on layering financing options including Historic Tax Credits, New Market Tax Credits, RCAP, and private debt in order to influence the development process. Emphasis will be placed on individual project financing and the challenges of juggling the project qualifications of numerous various sources. Each speaker will share his experience in financing challenging projects in this interactive session.

Presenters:

  • Phil Cornblatt, CPA, Partner, CohnReznick, Baltimore Office
  • David Gibson, Senior Vice President, New Markets Tax Credit Product Manager, PNC Financial Services Group
  • Mark Minnerly, Director of Real Estate, The Mosites Company
  • Victor Rodriguez, President of Congregate Management Services, CMS Food Service, Inc. and a.m. RODRIGUEZ ASSOCIATES Inc.
  • Brian Walker, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance, Millcraft Investments
Preserving Affordability in Changing Markets
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Oftentimes, it feels as if there are only two kinds of neighborhoods: ones that are completely disinvested or ones that are gentrified and serve higher income residents. A critical strategy for avoiding this either/or scenario is to preserve housing affordability in changing markets. This workshop provides the opportunity to learn from practitioners working to protect the long-term affordability of housing, ensuring strong mixed-income communities. Participants will also hear about community land trusts and other forms of housing with long-term affordability controls using public funds or public powers like inclusionary zoning, and will discuss opportunities to support the growth and development of permanently affordable homeownership in our region.

Presenters:

  • Robert Damewood, Development Services Attorney, Regional Housing Legal Services
  • Marcus Presley, Organizing Director, Women’s Community Revitalization Project
Building Neighborhood Indicators - And Beyond!
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Pittsburgh’s community development sector is increasing its focus on data-driven solutions, starting with developing standard neighborhood indicators. Several Pittsburgh communities have begun to gather data to strengthen neighborhood knowledge, build a shared vision, and increase participation. First adopter neighborhoods including Sheraden, Larimer, Hazelwood, and the Northside are developing comprehensive community-wide strategies for gathering, warehousing, and reporting data. Some have also begun to use community data to more directly connect resident needs with resource providers, to better tap neighborhood assets, and to build community participation. Hear from panelists providing a range of perspectives on the logistics and benefits to participating communities and service providers, and the practical application of both the data and process to community transformation.

Presenters:

  • Diana Bucco, Vice President, Buhl Foundation
  • Pat Clark, Founder and Principal, Jackson/Clark Partners
  • Donna Jackson, Board Member, Larimer Consensus Group
  • Steve Novotny, Sheraden Community Coordinator, PCRG
Enhancing Your Main Street Through Retail Development and Public/Private Partnerships
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Public-private partnerships are an important component of thriving shopping and entertainment districts in communities. There is a nexus between the public sector’s needs and the private sector’s goals to achieve retail within the center city and beyond. This panel will facilitate an opportunity to share ideas and discuss industry issues with skilled professionals and to explore various retail development opportunities while emphasizing the need for alliances on emerging issues that impact the retail real estate industry and the quality of life in local communities. Select neighborhood business districts will be showcased as a model of how developers, commercial real estate brokers, businesses, and community leaders have worked together to discover opportunities for retail success.

Presenters:

  • Rick Belloli, Principal, Civic Square, LLC
  • Ralph Falbo, President & Founder, Ralph A. Falbo, Inc.
  • Chad Kosanovic, CBRE, Inc.
  • Tom Link, Director, Urban Redevelopment Authority Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Mark Harvey Smith, Real Estate Broker and Community Consultant
Planning for Demographic Change in Our Neighborhoods
PresentationCommunities across the country are proactively addressing demographic change via forward thinking land-use policies. Examples include allowing for higher density, high quality, smaller unit developments, which improve neighborhood character; rezoning to allow moribund strip retail centers to be repurposed as mixed-use residential, personal and professional services and convenience retail; adaptively reusing old factory buildings; and “shrinking” suburban housing developments by introducing more public space and walkable services, etc.This session will explore how demographic changes – past, present, and future – are leading the market to demand more diverse housing options, including lifecycle living, aging in place, and more walkable communities, and will provide strategies that municipalities can implement to respond effectively to the changing demographics and market forces.

Presenters:

  • Ray Gastil, Director, Pittsburgh City Planning
  • Chris Koch, Interim CEO, Design Center
  • Robert Pfaffmann, Founder, Pfaffmann + Associates
  • Todd Poole, President, Founder and Managing Principal of 4ward Planning Inc.
Organizational Capacity Building Through Shared Service Programs

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This session will explore how shared service programs can help nonprofit organizations work more efficiently and effectively by examining the success of two programs of the Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati (CDC Association).The Back Office Project was founded based on the realization that valuable time and resources of neighborhood-based organizations are wasted daily on various administrative tasks. By taking these tasks off of their plates, organizations can better focus on successfully implementing their core mission. The Back Office is supported through grant funding and fee revenue from the member CDC organizations. Presenters will share how this model can be replicated and empower organizations to save money and free up valuable time.

The Intern Program provides real world experience and connections to student participants as they provide much needed project support to CDC organizations. Presenters will share the structure of this program, provide examples of completed projects, and discuss how they provide college credit to the student interns.

Presenters:

  • Patricia Garry, Executive Director, Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati
  • Samantha Reeves, Communications Director, Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati
  • Patricia Timm, Civic Leader and Nonprofit Consultant, Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati
How Communities Are Using Land Banks to Tackle Blight
Fight the Blight! Land banks, public entities that make it easier to acquire and dispose of vacant properties, are being used throughout the nation as a tool to attack blight and turn vacant properties into vibrant spaces. This session will explore various life stages of land banks in Philadelphia, PA, Cuyahoga County, OH, Westmoreland County, PA, and Pittsburgh, PA. Panelists will share the opportunities and challenges – both operationally and politically – for land bank implementation. Participants will gain an understanding of what is involved with setting up and managing new land banks, including sound disposition policies and incorporating community plans and benefits.Presenters:

  • Bethany Davidson, Deputy Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
  • Beth McConnell, Policy Director, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC)
  • Jim Rokakis, Vice President of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Director of its Thriving Communities Institute