Welcome to the 2011 Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development
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Conference breakout sessions at-a-glance


  1. Mobilization in the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy
    Following Superstorm Sandy, the Christie Administration responded to the immediate needs of the State’s residents. Hear how the Governor, his Administration and the non-profit community reacted quickly and efficiently to the most pressing needs of New Jersey.

  2. The New Reality of Public Housing
    Much of the nation’s public housing stock is in need of repair and funding. It has become apparent that public housing administrators must be creative to maintain, and as appropriate, redevelop these buildings. Come hear from experts in the field about strategies and resources that can be used to not only improve the quality of life for residents, but also for the surrounding community.

  3. Redevelopment in New Jersey - Legal Changes and New Resources to Achieve Success
    The threat of eminent domain has contributed to the decline in the use of redevelopment as an effective tool for community revitalization. Recent amendments to the enabling act now allow for the designation of a redevelopment area without the power to condemn, among other changes. This panel will discuss the impact of the changes to the statute and how this may be implemented locally, as well as new financial incentives available to support successful redevelopment in your community.

  4. Best Practices in Housing Development
    Experienced developers share their insights on how to plan, finance, construct and ultimately market housing in your community. Hear about the challenges and opportunities associated with housing development, including rental, for-sale and special needs housing from both for-profit and non-profit developers. Topics will include leveraging of multiple funding sources and developing public-private partnerships. Panelists will discuss “best practices” including “green” and LEED, transit access, and most importantly, the positive local impacts of housing done “the right way."

  5. Developing an Improved Community: Place-Based Approaches to Planning
    Place-based strategies intended to create lasting change in struggling neighborhoods and communities are receiving increased attention and funding. Successful execution of place-based initiatives is very difficult. This session will focus on the various techniques being used to achieve creative and comprehensive community development. Learn the different methods for engaging the community, developing a governance structure, and building the organizational capacity for implementation. The discussion will include practical approaches to address transportation, land use and neighborhood issues.


* Approved for one (1) NAHMA continuing education credit

  1. Contract Administration*
    The award of the Performance Based Contract Administration Program contract for HUD's Section 8 buildings has been underway for some time. Hear about the current status of the renewal process, the proposed transition period, the resumption of Management and Occupancy Reviews, and the Performance Base Task (PBT), 4350.3 Handbook changes, and updates on TRACS 202D.

  2. Multifamily Inspections*
    Hear from representatives from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Bureau of Housing Inspection, HUD and private industry on ways to prepare for and deal with inspections from governmental agencies.

  3. Emotional Support Animals and More from HUD
    This session will give owners, managing agents, site managers, and attorneys a better understanding of their responsibilities associated with the rights of tenants who require emotional support animals in both public and private housing.

  4. Keep It In Compliance*
    Come hear about the latest occupancy industry updates. This session will offer valuable information related to keeping rental properties in compliance and will cover topics such as TRACS, 202D, EIV and more. The session will be especially helpful for managing agents and site managers.

  5. Multifamily Housing Disaster Preparedness*
    Attendees will hear a comprehensive discussion on disaster (natural and man-made) preparedness and response with regard to multifamily housing. Learn from the recent experiences of a housing manager, a mechanical contractor, and an engineer.


  1. Redeveloping Fort Monmouth
    The Governor signed the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority Act which created the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. The Authority is charged with advancing the Fort Monmouth Reuse and Redevelopment Plan to provide investment, continuity and economic growth opportunities for the communities impacted by the federal government's decision to close the Post. Hear from state and local officials, FMERA staff and other professionals on the plans to promote, develop, encourage and maintain employment, commerce, economic development, and the public welfare for the 1,126 acres of real estate at Fort Monmouth.

  2. Discover AC
    The State of New Jersey is committed to revitalizing Atlantic City. From Margaritaville to the redevelopment of the South Inlet, Atlantic City's continued revival is helping to attract investment, jobs and visitors, while enhancing the quality of life for residents. Hear from public and private sector stakeholders who have key roles in the city's renewal.

  3. Sports and Entertainment in the Garden State
    The Christie Administration has successfully attracted major sporting and entertainment events to New Jersey. In 2013, New Jersey hosted WrestleMania Week, the highest grossing entertainment event in the MetLife Stadium's history, and in 2014, New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, the U.S. Special Olympics, and anticipates hosting the Grand Prix of America Formula One World Championship Race. Hear how the mission of attracting major sporting and entertainment events to New Jersey has become part of the overall approach to maximizing economic impact for the state.

  4. Aligning the State's Workforce
    The State of New Jersey recognizes that a workforce aligned with and responsive to ever-changing needs of industry is essential to a healthy economy. While New Jersey’s highly educated workforce has continued to serve as a magnet for businesses and families, steps have been taken to further align New Jersey’s workforce with the needs of industry. Hear from a diverse group of panelists who will highlight recent achievements from the Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the Department of Education.

  5. Spurring Community Investment and Job Creation - Economic Opportunity Act of 2013
    New Jersey's economic toolkit has successfully increased ratables by attracting new jobs and private investment to communities, restoring underutilized assets and leveraging existing infrastructure. This panel will feature state and local officials, economic development practitioners, developers and businesses that have utilized incentives to advance transformative projects in communities throughout New Jersey. The panel will also highlight the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 and its promise for the future.



  1. Creative Mixed-Use Project Design: Models of Effective Housing, Economic Development and Mixed Use Development
    Presented by successful developers and experts, this session will review project case studies of innovative urban and suburban mixed-use developments, as well as creative approaches to financing. The panelists will discuss unique project challenges, how each was addressed, as well as tools that can be used in your community to finance cutting edge, mixed-use developments.

  2. Stronger NJ Business Neighborhood and Community Revitalization (NCR) Program
    New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority will present on the NCR programs including the Streetscape component which provides “Main Street” revitalization improvements in commercial corridors in impacted towns and cities throughout the State, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) grant funding, as well as an overview of the development and improvement projects to date.

  3. Efforts to Combat Homelessness
    Learn about the Christie Administration’s efforts to combat homelessness which includes the formation of New Jersey's Interagency Council on Homelessness. Hear about the Council's objectives, progress to date, and future plans to reach the goal to end homelessness in ten years.

  4. History, Housing & Commerce: Adaptive Reuse of the GG Green Building in Downtown Woodbury
    The mixed use GG Green Building is designed to serve as the anchor for the revitalization of a key section of the City of Woodbury downtown, by incorporating 55 residential units with 7,000 square feet of retail space. The $14.1M LIHTC/HTC project involves the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of a landmark historic building to its original character. The project includes a newly-constructed addition that is stylistically consistent with the original structure. The developer, municipality and downtown management program team will provide the background and real-world solutions to implementation challenges and goals for the project.

  5. Special Needs
    This session will focus on the state programs and partnerships designed to address New Jersey’s responsibilities under the Olmstead Decision. Learn how to integrate special needs populations into communities using tools such as “I Choose Home NJ,” a federal initiative to move individuals out of institutions such as nursing homes and developmental centers and back into home and community based settings with Medicaid supports and services.



  1. Financing Your Business
    The Christie Administration is committed to supporting the growth and success of small businesses. Whether you are looking to expand, purchase new equipment, navigate state government or refine your business plan, this session will highlight the various resources available to New Jersey's business community. Hear how you can help your business achieve its goals.

  2. HMFA University - Bonds 101
    HMFA funds its production programs primarily through the issuance of housing revenue and conduit bonds. Through helpful examples, learn how HMFA conducts business, including the restrictions and the benefits associated with bonds, and how a conduit bond differs from a traditional bond. A rating agency will weigh in with their perspective on what they look for in valuing and rating each bond resolution. Get a better understanding of various bond related factors and how they affect the end product.

  3. Leveraging Your Resources
    The most challenging aspect of development in today’s economic climate is the successful structure of the capital stack. The key to building a profitable capital stack is the ability to effectively leverage multiple funding sources. In this session, you’ll learn how several successful projects were able to utilize a variety of funding sources to create developments that have positively benefitted their communities.

  4. HMFA University - Tax Credits 101 and Beyond
    The federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program is the largest single source of equity for multifamily affordable rental projects in New Jersey. Hear from a panel of leading industry experts and developers about current trends in the LIHTC program, matters specific to development in New Jersey.

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