Housing Policy and Professional Development Are Conference Focus

BISMARCK, ND – “Housing North Dakota,” a conference hosted annually by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency brings affordable housing-industry professionals and community leaders together for two days of professional development and policy discussions. The 2019 event is May 20-21 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

“To successfully address North Dakota’s current affordable housing needs, it’s essential to have an understanding of governing policies and available resources,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “At Housing North Dakota, attendees will hear from recognized experts and can make real face-to-face connections.”

Conference presentations on May 20 will focus on policy and include a discussion with Gov. Doug Burgum of the state’s most pressing housing issues and a future forecast from Demographer Ken Gronbach. At noon, Stockton Williams of the National Council of State Housing Agencies will provide a Washington Briefing. Afternoon plenary sessions include a panel discussion on local legislative accomplishments, recommendations for attracting and retaining a 21st Century Workforce and a strategic planning presentation focused on understanding the impact of market forces.

The May 21st concurrent sessions offer professional development opportunities for lending and real estate professionals, multifamily housing 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, the National Apartment Association’s Certified Apartment Manager and the National Association of Homebuilders’ Housing Credit Certified Professional recertifications.

Register online at www.ndhfa.org by May 10, 2019, to receive the lowest rates, $170 for the Full Conference (Policy and Training Day) and $90 for Policy Day or Training Day alone. After May 10, 2019, Full Conference is $190 and Policy Day or Training Day alone is $100.

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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