Agency Hosts 23rd Annual Housing Conference

Event Provides Affordable Housing Educational and Networking Opportunities

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency(NDHFA) will host the 23rd Annual Statewide Housing Conference, “Mission: Possible,” on Feb. 26-27, 2014, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

“The conference is a great opportunity for housing industry professionals and community leaders to come together to learn about available resources and to discuss ways to address North Dakota’s affordable housing challenges,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

The conference opens on Wednesday morning with a roundtable discussion with legislative and housing industry leaders about how the housing development community can continue to meet the needs of the state.

Conference keynote speakers include crisis leadership and decision making expert Lt. Col. Robert Darling who supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the President’s Emergency Operations Center on Sept. 11, 2001; Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., a nationally acclaimed economist and public speaker; and Kathleen Neset, president of Neset Consulting Service Inc. and an authority on the state’s energy industry.

Breakout session highlights include special guests, Frank Garay and Brian Stevens, hosts of the National Real Estate Post, who will introduce mortgage lenders and real estate agents to exciting and unique ways of delivering their message to customers. Additional breakout session topics include: getting started with affordable housing development, utilizing bond financing, lender training to identify self-employed borrower risks, basic fair housing law, collaboration to provide supportive services alongside housing, and rental program updates.

NDHFA will present its Champion of Affordable Housing awards at the closing luncheon on Thursday. The awards honor individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions to affordable housing in North Dakota. Lenders participating in the agency’s homeownership programs will also be recognized.

The North Dakota Real Estate Commission and the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners have each approved the conference for continuing education credit. Real estate agents will receive three hours of mandatory course credit for attending the Fair Housing Law breakout sessions on Feb. 26. Real estate agents and social workers who attend the full conference are eligible for eight credit hours.

The conference registration fee is $150 if postmarked by Feb. 19. One-day only registration is $80. For more information about the event, contact NDHFA at 701/328-8080, 800/292-8621 or info@ndhfa.org. Conference registration materials are available online at www.ndhfa.org.

The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Gov. Jack Dalrymple, as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the NDHFA.

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