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Conference Breakout Sessions At-A-Glance

Track #1:  Greater Economic Impact: Resources to Spur Development of Housing, and Economic Development
and Business Retention

  1. Impact of Federal/State Programs
    How are federal and state programs working to create and maintain workforce housing in our communities?  Come hear from state and local officials about the impacts and successes that programs such as RAD, Section 8, FRM, and others are having throughout New Jersey.

  2. Economic Opportunity Act/ Updates and Successes
    Over the last two years the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) has been successful in helping to attract businesses and grow and retain jobs in the state.  During this session, business leaders and EOA stakeholders will provide an overview of how the EOA’s Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) and Grow NJ programs are reviving our cities and driving investment by encouraging businesses to choose New Jersey.

  3. New Jersey Partnership for Action
    Created by Governor Christie and led by Lt. Governor Guadagno, the Partnership is the hub for all economic development activity in New Jersey and is comprised of four interconnected and highly focused organizational elements: Choose New Jersey, the Business Action Center, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). Hear directly from Senior Leadership at these agencies about how the Partnership is working for New Jersey.

  4. The Housing of Tomorrow – Mixed-Use and Mixed-Income
    The dynamic of how workforce housing is created is changing.  Increasingly, 21st century developments are seeking new ways to provide opportunities for a diversity of incomes and uses.  Hear from experienced professionals about strategies to create vibrant living spaces in the context of transit oriented development, urban hubs, unit type, population and varying price points. Learn how to create the housing of tomorrow today.

  5. Small Business – The Heart of Your Community
    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 businesses in all stages of life -- from tech start-ups to Mom and Pop operations.

Track #2: Getting Your Project Off the
Ground and Ensuring Profitability Long Term

  1. Creating Communities of Place Starts with Sound Planning
    How do you gain community consensus for a project, both from the governing body and the community at large? How do you develop your project in the context of local planning, zoning regulation and land availability? What are the different approaches necessary to create vibrant communities in NJ’s diverse landscape, including distinct strategies for urban, suburban and rural development?

  2. 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 and matters specific to development in New Jersey.

  3. How to Drive a Closing
    How to push through the last stage of the development process, the closing. This session is designed for professionals who have basic knowledge of the real estate transaction but want to be able to conduct (or oversee those conducting) a complex financial transaction.

  4. Navigating New Jersey’s Construction Codes
    The construction code is complex, yet understanding the “ins and outs” is integral to a project’s success. Hear from leading experts about navigating through New Jersey’s Construction Codes to effectively and efficiently develop and rehabilitate housing and commercial real estate while ensuring a cost efficient, safe project. Also learn about cost efficient features that are available for green development.

  5. Revitalizing Camden
    Join state and local officials and business leaders for an update on the success of Camden’s efforts to attract businesses, create jobs, and revitalize neighborhoods. This session will include an overview of projects in Camden supported by the Economic Opportunity Act.

Track #3: Keeping your Property Vibrant and Efficient,
Part I (Non-traditional Property Management Topics)

  1. Innovative Approaches to Managing Housing Availability for Populations with Special Needs
    Hear from experts on housing resources for populations with special needs, including the Supportive Housing Connection, Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) and the Special Needs Partnership Loan Program among others. Hear program updates, plans for the future and why it is beneficial for developers and landlords to participate in these initiatives.

  2. Refinancing Options
    How to keep affordable units affordable when affordability controls are set to expire. This panel will discuss resources available to refinance older properties with affordability restrictions.

  3. Olmstead: Community Integration for People with 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 the State is integrating populations with special needs into our communities.

  4. Rapid Re-housing and Other Non-traditional Methods to Address Homelessness
    What programs have worked to address homelessness? This panel will also address the health system impact and case management necessary to end chronic homelessness.

  5. Housing for Homeless Veterans
    This panel will examine resources available for homeless veterans in need of affordable housing opportunities and supportive services.

Track #4: Keeping your Property Vibrant and Efficient,
Part II (Traditional Property Management Topics)

  1. Remote Monitoring
    Learn how technology can improve emergency response time and save money for multifamily projects regarding fire protection and boilers.

  2. What’s New in Occupancy Compliance
    Hear from the NJHMFA Property Management division about relevant program updates, including changes to TRACS 202D to improve efficiency and client satisfaction and changes to HUD’s Handbook 4350.3.

  3. NJ Travel Independence Program
    The New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP), run through Rutgers University, Voorhees Transportation Center, provides resources to educate and empower seniors and people with disabilities to use mass transit to increase independence and improve quality of life. Property Managers will learn how to best distribute transportation information to their residents, both seniors and individuals with disabilities.

  4. Marketing Properties to Insurance Underwriters
    Hear how to market your property to to insurance professionals and underwriters to reduce premiums. This panel will provide valuable information on insurance trends, including flood insurance.

  5. Strategies for Dealing with Hoarding in Multifamily Projects
    An exploration of the property management and legal issues that arise when tenants hoard.

Track #5: Let’s Talk -- Roundtable Discussions

  1. Municipal Officials Meet the Development Community
    An opportunity for developers to meet with representatives of municipalities that may have sites that are ready for development and discuss development opportunities.

  2. Section 8 Managers
    From a Performance-Based Contract Administration perspective, the NJHMFA Contract Administration division will address issues of importance, including contract renewal, rental adjustments, TRACS, special claims, and information needed for a successful transaction.

  3. Developing and Maintaining Supportive Housing - What’s Working and What’s Not
    A conversation with Social Service Providers, Non-Profit and For-Profit Developers, and Special Needs Property Managers.

  4. Planning for Housing Production
    What’s worked and what’s not around transit oriented redevelopment, urban hubs, mixed income, mixed use.

  5. Marketing NJ… Inside and Out
    Come hear how marketing experts from their respective municipalities and the State are getting the word out on all New Jersey has to offer families and businesses. Panelists will present their unique strategies for promoting New Jersey as a place to live, work and thrive.

All sessions and tracks are subject to change without notice.



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