Wednesday November 13, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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MassMutual Learning & Conference Center, Chicopee
350 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020

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Jayne Bernhard-Armington
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Regional Housing Forum

THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED! We have reached the capacity of the venue. Unfortunately, we cannot accept walk-ins because of this capacity issue.

If you would like to learn more about the Regional Housing Plan, please contact Jayne Armington at the PVPC.



Learn about the Pioneer Valley’s new regional housing plan and how we can implement its recommendations. Keynote address will be delivered by Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. A full breakfast will be provided.

8:30 am to 9:00 am        Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am to 9:15 am         Welcome

9:15 am to 10:00 am        Keynote Address

10:00 am to 10:30 am      Overview of Regional Housing Plan

10:30 am to 10:45 am      Break

10:45 am to 12:00 pm      Breakout Sessions

Meeting Our Housing Needs: Overcoming Housing Development Challenges

The region needs a greater range of housing types that are affordable to households of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, and income ranges and that are integrated with our region’s employment and transportation networks. In this session, learn about the challenges to production and how we can implement the Regional Housing Plan’s recommendations for increasing housing options.

Where We Stand: 45 Years After the Passage of the Fair Housing Act

Despite the existence of state and federal laws that protect specific categories of people, housing discrimination continues to be experienced in our region. In this session, learn about the region’s key fair housing issues and discuss how we can implement the Regional Housing Plan’s recommendations for ensuring equal and free access to housing.

Revitalizing Our Cities: Addressing Weak Market Forces

A weak housing market in our central cities challenges revitalization. The costs of developing new housing that attract higher income households typically exceed existing market sales or rents. Low property values also create disincentives for homeowners and landlords to make capital investments or properly maintain their properties. This session will explore transformative urban strategies such as innovative value-capture/taxation models; public policy initiatives, public-private collaboration and regional/state coordination. 


Thank you to our lead and major sponsors!