National Inclusionary Housing Conference's first day was packed full of powerful speeches and intellectual discussions on inclusionary zoning. Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of HUD, provided opening remarks to an audience of over 200 industry experts from all over the country. Sims, a native of King County in Seattle, gave a powerful speech on his personal experiences of the many benefits of inclusionary housing, when done right, throughout his extensive career in housing.
A panel discussion moderated by
Kalima Rose of PolicyLink, followed Sims keynote. The panel was composed of David Rusk, Metropolitan Area Research Council and Innovative Housing Institute, Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs and Mercedes Marques, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.
Two workshops were held following the panel discussion. "Let's make it work for the developer!" focused on what a program would look like that would work for and with builders while still providing public benefits. The discussion was moderated by Rob Wiener, California Coalition for Rural Housing, and featured Brian Allen Jackson, EYA, Raquel Montenegro, Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association and Bill Daleure, Avant Garde Real Estate Consulting, Charlotte, NC. Attendees heard real feedback from builders who have developed in communities with inclusionary zoning ordinances.