2016 Conference Wrap-Up

A big thank you to everyone who helped make the 2016 Illinois Governors’ Conference on Affordable Housing on March 29-30 such a success!

See below for session listings and available conference presentations and photos. Thanks to Tim Newhouse of New Vintage Photography for the conference photos.

2016 Conference Sessions

Opening Plenary – Reframing Affordable Housing

March 29, 2016 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm

From on-the-ground neighborhood concerns, to big-picture housing policy, to the practical realities of local affordable housing transactions, “Reframing Affordable Housing” will explore the discourse surrounding the need for affordable housing and the public, political, and practical implications for the future.

Moderator

  • Andrea Traudt Inouye Executive Director, Illinois Housing Council

Panelists

  • Angela Boyd Managing Director, Make Room
  • Natalie Moore South Side Reporter, WBEZ
  • Karen Davis Director of Economic Development - Springfield, IL; IHDA Vice-Chairman
  • Judith Gethner Executive Director, Illinois Partners for Human Service
  • Jayne Lourash Assistant Director, Laborers' Home Development Corporation

Location, Location, Location

March 30, 2016 • 9:00am - 10:30am

Explore the ever-evolving and often contradictory methodologies utilized within Illinois to guide affordable housing development. Examine different ways funders are looking at site viability, the reasons for these differences and the conflicts that arise when site preferences conflict with the reasons why developers choose sites.

Moderator

  • Alan Quick Director of Strategic Planning and Research, IHDA

Panelists

  • Lore Baker Statewide Housing and Employment First Coordinator, Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of the Secretary
  • Jerremy Foss Project Manager, Manhard Consulting
  • Marisa Novara Director, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • David Petroni Development Partner, Buckeye Community Hope Foundation
  • Lee Pratter Senior Director of Development, Chicago Housing Authority

From Springfield to Washington, DC

March 30, 2016 • 9:00am - 10:30am

A who’s who of housing insiders, this session will discuss the federal and state legislative issues affecting affordable housing today and will provide a platform for strategizing a unified message to collectively present to state and Federal legislators.

Moderator

  • Nick Brunick Partner, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen; IHC Legislative Committee Chair

Panelists

  • Char Flickinger Director of Legislative Affairs, IHDA
  • David Gasson Executive Director, Housing Advisory Group
  • Kevin Jackson Executive Director, Chicago Rehab Network
  • Stephen Wallace Partner, Affordable Housing Practice Group Leader, Nixon Peabody

The Real Deal with RAD

March 30, 2016 • 9:00am - 10:30am

There are many faces of public housing redevelopment and we’re seeing all of them surface in Illinois. If IHDA was to provide LIHTC for all the RAD proposals, there would be no new development. This panel will examine the types of resource it takes to get these deals done; where to find these resources; and, how to balance different geographies.

Moderator

  • Christine Moran Managing Director, Multifamily Finance, IHDA

Panelists

  • Andre Blakely Illinois Market President, Gorman & Company, Inc.
  • Scott Greuel Underwriter Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Peter Levavi Senior Vice President, Brinshore Development
  • David A. Northern, Sr. Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Lake Country Housing Authority

Illinois Affordable Housing Champions: An In-Depth Look

March 30, 2016 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

Congratulate this year’s winners and hear from these experts on how innovative deals get done in locations across Illinois.

Moderator

  • George Dinges President, Development Services Group; Member, Illinois Housing Task Force

Panelists

  • Tim Ryan Marketing Representative, Laborers' Home Development Corporation for Maple Ridge Apartments II
  • Tracey Manning Executive Director, The Burton Foundation for Water's Edge of South Elgin
  • Mark Stroker Director of Real Estate Development, RISE for Emerald Ridge

Evolving Partnerships Between Senior Housing and Hospitals

March 30, 2016 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

In the past, hospital systems developed or partnered with senior housing providers as a means to increase revenue in the fee-for-service model. Hospitals now need reliable post-acute care partners to protect their dwindling margins in the bundled payment era. Independent seniors need proximity to healthcare in rural settings. Together we will examine opportunities for affordable senior housing developers with both urban and rural hospitals covering services, finance and architectural implications.

Moderator

  • Wayne Smallwood Executive Director, Affordable Assisted Living Coalition

Panelists

  • Rod Burkett Co-Founder, Gardant Management Solutions
  • Kelly Cunningham Deputy Administrator, Division of Medical Programs, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Steve Kennedy Managing Director, Lancaster Pollard
  • Todd Wiltse, AIA, LEED AP Partner, Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, P.C.

Shark Tank: Competing for Capital

March 30, 2016 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

Modeled after the ABC television show, this interactive session will provide insight into the priorities of lenders and investors as two projects in pre-development compete for equity.

Moderator

  • Ben Applegate Managing Partner, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen

Panelists

  • Hume An Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, Michaels Development Company
  • Niccole Clements Director of Community and Economic Development, Illinois Community Action Development Corporation
  • Ben Jarvis Vice President, Acquisitions, Boston Capital
  • John Kavanaugh Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Bryan Kilbane Director, Acquisitions, Red Stone Equity Partners
  • Rachel Rhodes Vice President Regional Manager, Central, National Equity Fund
  • Rob Wasserman Business Development Officer, U.S. Bank, Tax Credit Investments
  • Aron Weisner Vice President, Syndication, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.

As the Fair Housing Dust Settles, Where Do We Stand?

March 30, 2016 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

As the housing industry changes each year, housing professionals need to understand the laws that prevent housing discrimination. Delve into pro-active ways for developers, fair housing advocates, government and public agencies to work together to accomplish fair housing goals.

Moderator

  • Patricia Fron Executive Director, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

Panelists

  • Anne Houghtaling Executive Director, HOPE Fair Housing Center
  • William Pluta Director, Office of Housing Coordination Services, IHDA
  • Antonio Riley Midwest Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Joshua Wilmoth Vice President, Full Circle Communities, Inc.

We Built It – Now What?

March 30, 2016 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

What happens after a project is placed in service?  So much effort goes into getting a project across the finish line that it’s easy to forget that at least 85% of a project’s life happens after funding.  Examine creative responses to the potholes and roadblocks that disrupt smooth sailing after construction.  Explore what can happen when services collapse, when disasters strike, when you’re asked to house the hardest-to-house populations and when the 15 year compliance period nears its end.

Moderator

  • Tim Veenstra Asset Management Director, IHDA

Panelists

  • Steven J. Gladden Assistant Director, Asset Management Services, IHDA
  • Stephanie Sideman Senior Program Officer, CSH
  • John Kuhnen Senior Director of Facilities and Asset Management, IFF
  • Jessi Millage Director of Leasing, Yost Management Company
  • Ryan Wolber, PMP Project Lead, Elevate Energy

Rapid Fire Funding Roundtable

March 30, 2016 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

What does the new public funding landscape look like?  In the last year, IHDA and other funders have tried to diversify and introduce new products into the market.  This panel will be an opportunity to get a brief introduction to many different funding options and learn if they might be right for your project.

Moderator

  • Nandini Natarajan CFO, IHDA

Panelists

  • Andy DeCoux Assistant Director, Multifamily Programs and Business Development, IHDA
  • Mollie Foust Social Impact Bond Fellow for Illinois, Harvard Government Performance Lab at Harvard Kennedy School
  • Tania Kadakia Vice President, Relationship Manager, BMO Harris Bank, N.A.
  • Tim Klont Assistant Vice President, Community Investment, Federal Home Loan Bank Chicago
  • Steve Ott Underwriter Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Mark Shelburne Senior Manager, Public Policy, Novogradac & Company
  • Jim Wheaton, LEED AP - Homes Program Manager - Energy Savers, Community Investment Corporation