Education/Seminars

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Taking a No-Holds-Barred Approach to Blight In YOUR Office 03/04/2015

Join the PA Local Government Training Partnership and the PA Department of Community & Economic Development for a three-part webinar series to get started tackling blight. Starting with the high cost of doing nothing to developing a plan with buy-in that will help you raise needed dollars, this webinar series will help local officials learn from others' success.


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March 4, 2015   (Webinar 1)

The High Cost of Blight

In this one-hour webinar, you will learn to identify the hidden costs communities are already paying to address blight. Hear about two studies that have actually quantified the cost of blight and one community where a grassroots groundswell led to a new movement. You will learn how to calculate the cost of blight that you community is already paying and how to use that information to build political support for your blight fight.

Presenters:

  • An Lewis, Executive Director, Steel Valley Council of Governments
  • Sara Andrews, Executive Director of the Office of Economic and Community Development, City of Bradford, McKean County
  • Karen Black, Principal, May 8th Consulting, Author and Researcher, Blight to Bright

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April 8, 2015 (Webinar 2)

Bottom Line Benefit – Unlocking Property Values through Tackling Blight

If blight is costing communities lost development opportunities, lost property taxes and declining home value, then how do you know that tackling blight will actually make a difference?

Presenters will share the actual research and experience they have to show that targeted code enforcement, demolition, greening and home rehab make a difference for communities. This session will also cover sources of funding and finance that communities can tap to implement code enforcement.

Presenters:

  • Maura Kennedy, Chief, Bureau of Building Inspections, City of Pittsburgh
  • Ira Goldstein, President for Policy Solutions, The Reinvestment Fund
  • Karen Black, Principal, May 8th Consulting, Author and Researcher, Blight to Bright

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May 6, 2015 (Webinar 3)

Developing a Blight Plan – Where to begin?

You know you have to do something, but what? You need a plan! Learn to move systematically through a proven planning process that will build support for your effort, engage stakeholders and help raise funds. You will learn through a case study from Northumberland County.  Learning what has and has not and the realized outcomes will benefit all participants.

Presenters:

  • Chris Gulotta, Principal, The Gulotta Group
  • Ed Christiano, Executive Director, Northumberland Redevelopment Authority
  • Amanda Settlemaier, Executive Director, Turtle Creek Council of Governments

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