Housing Policy and Professional Development Are Event Focus

BISMARCK, ND – Housing North Dakota will bring housing-industry representatives and community leaders together for policy discussions and professional development.

Hosted annually by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, the Statewide Housing Conference is April 25-26, 2018, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

“To adequately and successfully address North Dakota’s housing needs, it’s essential to have an understanding of current policies and available resources,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “Conference attendees hear from recognized experts, develop new skills, learn about available resources and make real face-to-face connections.”

April 25th presentations focus on housing policy including Gov. Doug Burgum discussing housing’s role within the Main Street Initiative and an Economic Forecast from Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., a nationally acclaimed economist. Other presentations are Livable Communities, attracting and retaining investment, people and opportunity; Opportunity360, a comprehensive approach to understanding and addressing community challenges; and Housing and Health, a discussion of why housing should be a care consideration followed by best practices.

Concurrent sessions on April 26th offer professional development opportunities for lending and real estate professionals, multifamily developers, and property owners and managers.

NDHFA will present its Champion of Affordable Housing Awards on the second day of the event as well. The awards recognize and honor exceptional affordable housing contributions made in North Dakota.

Continuing education applications have been submitted to the ND Real Estate Commission, ND Real Estate Appraiser Qualifications and Ethics Board, and the ND Board of Social Work Examiners. Credit will be offered upon the approval of the program by these licensing organizations. Conference attendance can also be submitted for the National Development Council’s Housing Development Finance Professional and the National Association of Homebuilders’ Housing Credit Certified Professional recertifications.

Register online at www.ndhfa.org by Apr. 13, 2018, to receive the lowest rates. The fee for both the Policy Day and Training Day is $160; Policy Day or Training Day is $85; and the Champion Awards Lunch only is $17.50.

A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing in North Dakota. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum, as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the agency.

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