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Wednesday October 06, 2021

2021 BIA Forum on Workforce Housing: New Hampshire’s Housing Crisis and The Economy

October 06, 2021 | 11:30 am - 1:00pm

Venue : DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel 700 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03101-2523


Are high housing costs or inadequate apartment rental space impacting your ability to retain and/or recruit employees? Is New Hampshire's lack of affordable housing for working people hurting our economy? What are some practical options that the business community, housing advocates, and community planners can consider that will improve the availability of workforce housing in their communities? All these questions and more will be explored during BIA’s annual Housing Forum sponsored by New Hampshire Housing. You will learn more about housing challenges in the Granite State; the impact of housing on hiring; how cost and availability of housing affects working professionals' decisions on where to live; and how communities are planning for their future housing needs. Panelists include: David Duncan, Vice president, facilities management, Dartmouth Hitchcock Bill Weidacher, NH Association of Realtors Greg Michael, Chair, NH Housing Appeals Board Rob Dapice, Managing Director, Management & Development, New Hampshire Housing The cost to attend the luncheon is $40 for BIA and BIA Capitol Connect members, and members of partnering organizations, regional housing coalitions, and all members of local or regional young professional organizations. $55 for non-members

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Thursday September 23, 2021

Missing the Middle Housing hosted by Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast

September 23, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00pm

Venue :Virtual


Defined as “a range of house-scale buildings with multiple units that are compatible in scale and form with detached single-family homes”, missing middle housing includes duplexes, triplexes, quads, rowhouses and townhouses, cottage clusters, garden apartments, and more. Missing middle housing isn’t new or innovative – in fact, these types of housing are all around us, hidden in plain sight! There is a movement across the country – in Minneapolis, Oregon, California, Washington D.C., and elsewhere – to relegalize these housing types to allow for greater diversity, increased density, and greater affordability without changing the feel of beloved neighborhoods. Join Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast for a discussion about missing middle housing and the planning tools, including form-based code, we can implement to diversify our housing supply. Panelists: · George Proakis, AICP, Executive Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, City of Somerville, MA · Heather Shank, City Planner, City of Concord This conversation will be moderated by Jodie Nazaka, Senior Planner, City of Manchester.

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Wednesday August 25, 2021

The Impact of the Housing Shortage (hosted by NH Business Review)

August 25, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00pm

Venue :Virtual


The lack of housing options in the state not only affects residential buyers, but high rents and tight inventory make attracting young professionals and top talent to the area increasingly difficult as well. What else is the housing shortage affecting and what impact does it have on business?


PANELISTS

Harrison KanzlerHarrison Kanzler

Harrison is the Executive Director of the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition. A North Conway native, Harrison grew up in the family owned and operated Cranmore Inn where he learned about the tourism industry of the Mount Washington Valley first hand. After settling down and starting a family in the Mount Washington Valley, Harrison realized the threat of housing shortages facing the Valley he called home and wanted to get involved. He held office as Representative for Carroll County District 2 during the 2019-2020 biennium and worked with the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition to put forward pro-housing legislation. When the position of Executive Director opened up for the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition, Harrison decided to exit State politics and focus on working with the towns of the Mount Washington Valley on their housing issues. Harrison currently lives in North Conway with his wife and two children.

Ben Frost Headshot BwBenjamin Frost, Esq., AICP

Benjamin is the Managing Director of Policy and Public Affairs at New Hampshire Housing, where he manages legislative initiatives, communications, research, and strategic planning, and also serves as internal legal counsel. He frequently presents on issues concerning affordable and workforce housing, land use law, and ethics. Frost is on the board of the NH Planners Association and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association and serves on the Amicus Curiae Committee of the American Planning Association. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in geography from Colgate University and Syracuse University, respectively and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

ElissaElissa Margolin

Elissa serves as director of Housing Action NH, a statewide organization of 80 organizations and businesses working to improve state and federal policy so everyone in New Hampshire has a place to call home. Since its founding in 2009, Housing Action NH has successfully secured appropriations for the Affordable Housing Fund, increased funding for NH’s homeless shelters, increased federal resources for housing, established a new Medicaid benefit for supportive housing services, helped pass accessory dwelling unit legislation, created the Housing Appeals Board, and protected the Workforce Housing Law. Elissa holds a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and a B.A. from McGill University. She resides in Portsmouth.

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Wednesday July 07, 2021

Charrette Reveal (hosted by Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition)

July 07, 2021 | 5:30 pm

Venue :Virtual


What could housing in Conway look like? The Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition team is done, the design is made, and excited to share it with you! The 2021 Design Charrette is ready for reveal and will be presented virtually via Zoom! Pre-registration is required.

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Wednesday June 23, 2021

Innovative Multi-Family Design & the Pandemic Influence (Part 2)

June 23, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00pm

Venue :Virtual


Part 2 of a 2-part webinar presentation on innovative multi-family affordable housing design, with a regional perspective from leading professionals in the fields of development, architecture and engineering, with a look at pandemic-influenced trends.
Wednesday, June 23 | 4 – 5 PM A regional look at how some leading professionals in the fields of development, architecture, and engineering have been planning for multi-family post-pandemic design in affordable housing developments. Presenters: KENDRA HALLIWELL, AIA, ICON Architecture; REBECCA HATFIELD, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Avesta Housing; JAMES PETERSEN, Petersen Engineering.
PART 1 PRESENTATION & VIDEO LINKS
Innovative Multi-Family Design & The Pandemic Influence webinar with Nick Cooper, AIA of HKS and Bernard Harkless of Lynx Ventures:
Other resources:

Thursday June 24, 2021

Small Solutions: Tiny Houses in New Hampshire (hosted by Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast)

June 24, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00pm

Venue :Virtual


The Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast is sponsoring a free webinar on Tiny Houses. Thursday, June 24 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. With family sizes shrinking and the proportion of one-person households growing, New Hampshire is looking toward smaller solutions to the state’s housing crisis: accessory dwelling units, pocket neighborhoods, and, of course, tiny houses. Small homes are more affordable to build, make use of existing land, can be grouped together on one parcel harmoniously, and fit into even the most rural seacoast communities. In this webinar, attendees will hear from three tiny house enthusiasts:

  • Caroline Corriveau, AAIA is an architect with Warrenstreet Architects who lives in a tiny home she built herself.
  • Steven Paquin, the Code Official for the Town of Wolfeboro and Vice President of the NH Building Officials Association.
  • Don Powers, the Founder and President of Union Studio, will share his decades of experience designing diverse and vibrant communities.
This conversation will be moderated by James Vayo, Project Manager at the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission. Click here to watch the recording of the webinar.

Wednesday June 02, 2021

Missing Middle Housing (hosted by Build Maine)

June 02, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00pm

Venue :Virtual


Maine is feeling the housing crunch with less than 30 days of housing inventory on the market, driving up prices to unsustainable levels. In order to protect the parts of Maine we all love most — our open fields, forests, farms, long views, and wild areas — we are going to need to quickly make it easier to develop and redevelop in our village, town, and city centers. Dan Parolek, planner, developer, architect, and author of Missing Middle Housing holds the key to overcoming many of the challenges that have prevented housing development in the hearts of our communities. The answer is in the smaller multi-family building types that form the fabric of our communities and that continue to be a key part of our affordable housing stock in Maine. More information can be found at www.opticosdesign.com and www.missingmiddlehousing.com.

Wednesday June 16, 2021

Innovative Multi-Family Design & the Pandemic Influence

June 16, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00pm

Venue :Virtual


A 2-part webinar presentation on innovative multi-family affordable housing design from the perspectives of an architect and developer, with a look at trends prior to, and influenced by, the pandemic.  PART 1 Wednesday, June 16 | 4 – 5 PM The pandemic and its impact have underscored the importance of having safe, healthy, and affordable housing. With this has come an examination of design and development considerations and trends that have proven beneficial, and those that are coming to the fore. These trends include access to open space; building ventilation, technology and efficiency; designing units for home/work adaptability; community engagement; and the use of commercial spaces.   NICK COOPER, AIA, a principal and design director for HKS Richmond, and BERNARD HARKLESS, a developer with Lynx Ventures and an affordable housing advocate, will discuss developing and designing multi-family affordable housing. They’ll also explore how their experiences apply to other housing and development initiatives. 

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PART 2  Wednesday, June 23 | 4 – 5 PM A regional look at how some leading professionals in the fields of development, architecture, and engineering have been planning for multi-family post-pandemic design in affordable housing developments. Presenters: KENDRA HALLIWELL, AIA, ICON Architecture; REBECCA HATFIELD, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Avesta Housing; JAMES PETERSEN, Petersen Engineering.  

Wednesday May 26, 2021

Employer Assisted Housing (hosted by Keys To The Valley)

May 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00pm

Venue :Virtual


A shortage of affordable homes creates many challenges for employers seeking to attract a workforce. Some employers have responded to the challenge by developing new homes themselves or investing in new home creation. Learn about strategies that employers of all sizes have undertake to address this challenge, and how you business or organization could get involved.

Friday June 11, 2021

Housing Solutions Breakfast (hosted by Vital Communities)

June 11, 2021 | 7:30 am - 9:00am

Venue :Virtual


Are you ready to be part of the effort to improve home availability and affordability? Join residents, employers, officials, and other leaders ... Learn about exciting housing approaches being used in the region ... Help unveil “Keys to the Valley,” an online information tool for organizing and encouraging dozens of different strategies and tools that will help us meet this regional challenge! Presenters and projects: -ADU partnership, Montpelier -Homeshare, Thompson Senior Center, Woodstock, VT -Mixed Use Zoning, Hartford, VT -Capital for Affordability, Corporate Council & Evernorth -Rental Rehabilitation, Windham and Windsor Housing Trust PS.  the Zoom link will be sent a few weeks in advance. Please bring your own coffee and bagel to this virtual "breakfast."

Tuesday June 08, 2021

Jeff Speck: Planning That Belongs in NH (hosted by Plan NH)

June 08, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:30pm

Venue :Virtual


Plan NH is pleased to host a session with Jeff Speck, national thought leader on the role of walkability in economic and community development. Mr. Speck will address Planning that Belongs in NH in a fun and thought-provoking way.  If you have not yet heard him speak, you are in for a treat! The event is free but registration required. Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the US National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a private design consultancy. Mr. Speck is the co-author of Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” His more recent book Walkable City, was the best selling city-planning title of the last decade. Its sequel, Walkable City Rules, is described by Kurt Andersen as “a must read for urbanists, city-builders, and everyone who lives in cities.” His TED talks and YouTube videos have been viewed more than four million times.

Wednesday May 12, 2021

Land Use Regulations

May 12, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30pm

Venue :Virtual


Land use regulations can help our communities provide the homes needed for resident health and economic vitality; however, they can also be barriers to a community’s ability to respond to specific needs and adapt to change. Come learn about how land use regulations impact our region’s homes and strategies to better provide the homes we need now and In the future.

Wednesday May 05, 2021

Building Smart for Stronger Communities

May 05, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00pm

Venue :Virtual


To address our region’s housing crisis, many new homes are needed. Through thoughtful planning, we can tackle this challenge in a way that strengthens community bonds, bolsters local tax bases, and ensures quality of life for residents. This workshop will cover a variety of planning tools available to communities, including strategies around land use, transportation, infrastructure, and conservation.

Tuesday May 18, 2021

Belonging by Design with Talmira Hill (hosted by Plan NH)

May 18, 2021 | 9:00 am - 11:00am

Venue :Virtual


Will be hosted via Zoom “Integrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) by Design,” will engage participants in considering how basic DEI concepts are defined and applied using examples from the built environment. The session will include three segments:

  • reviewing working definitions of “diversity,” “equity” and “inclusion” that can be applied to the built environment and in other contexts;
  • considering examples of how DEI concepts are being applied (or implemented) through specific projects in the U.S.; and
  • discussing in small groups how DEI concepts are being (or might be) applied in New Hampshire.
Key take-aways: (1) a deeper understanding of DEI concepts and why applying them with intentionality is essential for integrating DEI in the built environment; (2) familiarity with actual DEI work underway in the built environment across the U.S.; (3) ideas about how DEI concepts are (or might be) applied here in New Hampshire; and (4) informational resources for further exploring DEI in the built environment. Intended audiences:  planners, architects,  municipal leaders and staff, landscape architects,  traffic engineers, artists, and others who care about creating vibrant and delightful place to be for everyone.

Thursday May 06, 2021

Virtual Small-Scale Development Boot Camp (May 6 – 27)

May 06, 2021 | 9:00 am - 12:00pm

Venue :Virtual


Building on the Incremental Development Alliance's Small Developer Workshop hosted by New Hampshire Housing and Build Maine last fall, this Virtual IncDev Boot Camp gives those participants an opportunity to apply that training to their actual development project. Participants will work through exercises like building and refining their pro forma, creating an investor proposal package, and drawing out the zoning parameters for their lot. Participants can also practice pitching their project to the group and instructors in order to get feedback in a supportive environment.

Attendance at a previous Incremental Development one-day Workshop Course is required (either the Small Developer Seminar or Workshop). Send an email to be considered for a special exception.

Details

Important Notice: Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, this Boot Camp is a virtual event.  Logistical details and additional information will be sent to all registrants prior to the Boot Camp start date.

Virtual Boot Camp Dates:

May 6: 9 AM - 12 PM

May 13: 9 AM - 12 PM

May 20: 9 AM - 12 PM

May 27: 9 AM - 12 PM

Scholarships are available! Contact: George Reagan, Community Engagement Manager greagan@nhhfa.org

Wednesday March 24, 2021

Keeping Kids Out: Virtual Session on Educational Barriers in NH

March 24, 2021 | 4:30 pm - 6:00pm

Venue :Virtual


Why is it so hard for striving families to get their kids into good public schools? In New Hampshire, strict zoning laws that make housing expensive and the district-based public school system combine to create barriers to educational opportunity for non-wealthy families. Join in to hear our thoughtful and distinguished panelists discuss evidence from around the United States on how residential zoning regulation limits lower-income families' access to better public schools, as well as some possible solutions to the problem.
- Should New Hampshire communities relax their restrictions on building new housing? - Should New Hampshire adopt "open enrollment" laws that let kids go to schools outside their home district? - What kinds of school choice policies are New Hampshire legislators and administrators currently considering?
The event began with brief presentations by each of the panelists, continues with a lively, moderated discussion, and concludes with bringing the audience into the conversation.

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Matters of State: Greater Nashua

March 24, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm

Venue :Virtual


A new year is upon us and with it, a new legislature.
The November elections brought big changes to the state legislature. Do you know who is now representing you in Concord? Do those legislators know what issues are important to you?
Join Stay Work Play, sponsored by Eversource and New Hampshire Housing, and in partnership with iUGO Nashua, for Matters of State, a virtual policy roundtable series that will bring together each region's legislators and their under-40 constituents to discuss their region's most pressing issues facing young people and possible solutions.

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Wednesday March 17, 2021

Matters of State: North Country

March 17, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm

Venue :Virtual


A new year is upon us and with it, a new legislature.
The November elections brought big changes to the state legislature. Do you know who is now representing you in Concord? Do those legislators know what issues are important to you?
Join Stay Work Play, sponsored by Eversource and New Hampshire Housing, for Matters of State, a virtual policy roundtable series that will bring together each region's legislators and their under-40 constituents to discuss their region's most pressing issues facing young people and possible solutions.

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Wednesday March 10, 2021

Matters of State: Mt. Washington Valley

March 10, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm

Venue :Virtual


A new year is upon us and with it, a new legislature.
The November elections brought big changes to the state legislature. Do you know who is now representing you in Concord? Do those legislators know what issues are important to you?
Join Stay Work Play, sponsored by Eversource and New Hampshire Housing and in partnership with STAY MWV, for Matters of State, a virtual policy roundtable series that will bring together each region's legislators and their under-40 constituents to discuss their region's most pressing issues facing young people and possible solutions

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Wednesday February 24, 2021

Matters of State: Seacoast Region

February 24, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm

Venue :Virtual




A new year is upon us and with it, a new legislature.
The November elections brought big changes to the state legislature. Do you know who is now representing you in Concord? Do those legislators know what issues are important to you?
Join Stay Work Play, sponsored by Eversource and New Hampshire Housing, and in partnership with Catapult Seacoast, for the kickoff of Matters of State, a virtual policy roundtable series that will bring together each region's legislators and their under-40 constituents to discuss their region's most pressing issues facing young people and possible solutions.

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Wednesday February 17, 2021

Matters of State: Monadnock Region

February 17, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm

Venue :Virtual




A new year is upon us and with it, a new legislature.
The November elections brought big changes to the state legislature. Do you know who is now representing you in Concord? Do those legislators know what issues are important to you?
Join Stay Work Play, sponsored by Eversource and New Hampshire Housing, and in partnership with the Keene Young Professionals Network, for the kickoff of Matters of State, a virtual policy roundtable series that will bring together each region's legislators and their under-40 constituents to discuss their region's most pressing issues facing young people and possible solutions.

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Wednesday January 27, 2021

Manufactured Housing on the Seacoast

January 27, 2021 | 8:30 am - 9:30am

Venue :Virtual


Manufactured housing is often left out of conversations about New Hampshire’s housing crisis. But manufactured housing is part of the solution, so it should be part of the conversation.
Join us virtually on Wednesday, January 27 at 8:30 am to hear Sarah Wrightsman, Executive Director of the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast kick off the session about manufactured housing in the greater seacoast region. Attendees will hear why manufactured housing should be part of the conversation about New Hampshire’s housing crisis and about the Woodbury Cooperative in Portsmouth, NH.
Attendees will hear from Tara Reardon, the ROC-NH Director at the NH Community Loan Fund, and Ignatius MacLellan, Managing Director of the Homeownership Division at New Hampshire Housing.
You will receive the access info via email prior to the event.

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Wednesday January 20, 2021

From the Outskirts to Downtown: Taxes, Land Use & Value in 2 Southwest NH Communities

January 20, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:00pm

Venue :Virtual




What types of development create the greatest tax revenue for New Hampshire communities – suburban sprawl and big box stores, or dense, downtown development? In New Hampshire, property taxes are the key revenue source for local governments. Tax rates, land use and land value from one end of town to the other often vary in surprising ways. On Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 PM, Joe Minicozzi of Urban 3 analyzed property tax revenues in two southwest region communities of Keene and Peterborough in an engaging, free webinar for residents and public officials. WATCH VIDEO RECORDING The presentation was hosted by Keene, Peterborough, and the Southwest Region Planning Commission; it is presented by New Hampshire Housing, which contracted with Urban3 to analyze what types of development offer the greatest tax return in 15 communities around the state. By using data to create 3D visualizations, Urban 3's analysis reveals the potential for improving the fiscal health of these communities. The visuals present a clear and data-driven understanding of the economics of place. With these 3D depictions of its data, a community has a tool to make public policy adjustments, with the goal of creating long-term financial resiliency. This is one of a series of live New Hampshire-focused webinars Minicozzi is presenting (most of which will be video recorded and available online). On October 15, he launched his first presentation with a statewide focus on Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Hanover, Hudson, Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, Nashua, Pelham, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Rochester. (In 2018, the Orbit Group hired Urban3 to conduct an analysis of Manchester.) Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3, which looks at how land is used and affects tax productivity. He is an urban planner who utilizes new ways to think about and visualize land use, urban design, and economics.

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