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Welcome to the 2017 Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development

Join us for the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development on October 5-6, 2017, hosted by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Discuss topics critical to you and your goals with the state’s most distinguished housing, economic development, and business professionals, government officials, lenders, developers, nonprofits and consultants.

This year’s conference will present innovative economic development strategies and tools, and engage participants in how best to achieve neighborhood revitalization, handle property management, implement green building, develop housing for special needs populations, leverage financial resources and public-private partnerships to build healthy local economies and strengthen communities and more.

Discover innovations in planning, development and preservation in today’s housing industry. Share ideas, tips, and approaches with fellow industry professionals and experts during our networking reception and workshops.

Avi Telyas is an American real estate developer, serial entrepreneur and pioneer in lean manufacturing and large-scale modular construction. His passion for architecture and craft entrepreneurship has led him to found Makerhoods.org, an organization which advocates for urban land use policies that foster self-employment and self-sufficiency through affordable working and living space.

Mr. Telyas is a 1986 graduate of the Harvard Business School and a former trustee of Pratt Institute. He is also principal of Seaview Development where he has worked for over 30 years running complex projects and operations. An innovator and inventor, Mr. Telyas patented a technique for high-rise modular building systems, which is the basis for the tallest modular building in the world in Brooklyn’s Barclay Center.

The Makerhoods program brings together his life-long interest in entrepreneurship and urban development. He embarked on his own entrepreneurial career by acquiring a small manufacturer based in New York City while still in graduate school and proceeded to grow the business by applying the techniques of the Toyota Production System. Mr. Telyas devotes his free time to pro-bono consulting for various charitable and nonprofit organization in the metropolitan area such as Literacy, Inc., a literacy promotion group; The Waterfront Alliance, a NY-based organization protecting and enhancing the water’s edge; Grameen Bank, a micro-loan innovator targeting low-income entrepreneurs; and Urban Pathways, a developer of supportive housing.

Learn more about all our 2017 speakers on the speakers page!


Discounted Hotel Rates
Make your reservation by 5 p.m. on September 8, 2017 and pay just $129!

Our block of rooms is located in the renovated Waterfront Tower, which is closest to the Conference Center. Our rooms are not subject to a resort fee.

Reserve your room now by calling Harrah's Atlantic City at 888-516-2215 or book online at https://aws.passkey.com/go/SH10HM7

Use group code SH10HM7 when reserving your room.

Climb Aboard The Atlantic City Bus Tour!
Join the tour and witness firsthand the exciting examples of business and neighborhood revitalization efforts being made in the region and take away information that you can implement in your own community!

Hop on the two-hour tour lead by Lance Landgraf, Director, Planning and Development; Eric Carrier, Project Development Officer; and Karen Martin, Communications Manager, from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), as well as Danielle Esser, Housing Program Administrator, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA).

Learn more about the Bus Tour on the sessions page, and discover the bios of your tour guides on the speakers page
Trade Show
Explore our trade show exhibition area, featuring products and services from businesses and organizations that serve the housing and economic development community.
Conference Sessions
Create your own custom learning experience with a variety of panels available to choose from!

Check out the sessions page for more info!



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