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

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

This year's conference gathered industry leaders and professionals from around the state to listen and exchange ideas on thought-provoking topics, to network and to celebrate the most innovative housing and economic development projects in New Jersey.

Save the date: Oct. 2-3, 2018 and make plans to join us at the 2018 conference to be held at the beautiful Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

The Makerhoods program brings together his life-long interest in entrepreneurship and urban development.

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 Mr. Telyas and all our 2017 speakers on the speakers page!

Watch Mr. Telyas' 2017 Keynote Speech on the Media Room Page

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