Friday, August 19, 2011

The D.C. Region: Fertile Ground for Policy in Action

This September 26-28, the National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy, in partnership with our sponsors and planning committee, will host the Solutions for Sustainable Communities: 2011 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy in Washington, D.C. The Learning Conference is a forum for over 500 state and local leaders to come together to share information on a wide range of topics related to the intersection of housing, transportation, and environmental policy.

We’re not holding this conference in D.C. just because it’s the center of national policy. The D.C. area is also living laboratory for remarkable local and regional programs that conference participants can experience firsthand during our mobile workshops or from an exciting lineup of speakers that includes some of the region’s most innovative thinkers.

Jurisdictions across the D.C. region are taking steps to expand housing choice for working families while make their community more sustainable by retrofitting suburban corridors to accommodate new transit; promoting walkability and bikability; and targeting affordable housing investments near job centers and planned transit expansion.

Solutions for Sustainable Communities will showcase these regional examples throughout the conference and they will take center stage during Wednesday, September 28 Town Hall Plenary. This final plenary session will feature government leaders from some of the largest jurisdictions in the D.C. region to discuss the challenges and opportunities for developing sustainable and inclusive communities, with an emphasis on local planning and development projects.

The discussion will be moderated by Robert Puentes, senior fellow and director of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative at the Brookings Institution, and will feature an outstanding line-up of speakers:
  • County Executive Rushern Baker, III, Prince George’s County, MD
  • Mayor William Euille, City of Alexandria, VA
  • John Hall, Director, District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Supervisor Catherine Hudgins, Fairfax County, VA
  • County Board Chairman Christopher Zimmerman, Arlington County, VA
Solutions for Sustainable Communities is not to be missed. Register online today to attend the Town Hall Plenary and the array of sessions, facilitated discussions, training sessions and networking opportunities. Click here to learn more about the learning conference. Register today!

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