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From the Director, February 2018

Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director

Since the last annual Statewide Housing Conference, our staff has reflected on the value we provide to all of you during the time we have together. Through numerous conversations and feedback from attendees, we are shaking up the agenda and locations to create a format that is specific to your career training and professional development needs. We genuinely hope these changes will make your conference experience more rewarding and that your colleagues who may have not attended before will find a reason to this year.

The first day of the conference will focus on North Dakota’s housing market trends and strategies communities can leverage to address housing needs. Gov. Doug Burgum is the featured speaker and will outline housing’s role within the Main Street Initiative to influence quality of life when building stronger, reinvigorated communities. Following the governor is Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. who knows how to liven up an economic discussion of industry trends pertaining to housing, employment, state, regional and global economics. The afternoon includes three more dynamic breakout sessions that will give housing industry professionals new tools to look at the crucial role housing plays in communities of all sizes. This will be followed by our ever-popular networking social.

Day two is designed for three customized training and professional development tracks for multifamily development, property management and homeownership professionals. Attendees will interact with industry experts providing relevant information. But don’t forget about the Champion Awards Presentation and luncheon! Awardees will be recognized for their outstanding contributions over the past year.

Real estate agents, appraisers and lenders who are unable to attend the Bismarck event will have a second chance to connect with our homeownership staff in Fargo. A seminar on day three offers a repeat of a breakout session on the continuing effects of federal legislation and regulations enacted over the last decade on the sale, appraisal and mortgaging of real property.

You can choose to attend one or both days in Bismarck or meet us in Fargo, but I encourage you to hurry to register because the early bird deadline is Friday, April 13, and after that date the prices will increase. Register online at www.ndhfa.org. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at hfainfo@nd.gov or call (800) 292-8621.

I also want to thank all of our sponsors, vendors, panelists and speakers for helping to make this another great conference. I am excited to see all of you and I sincerely hope you will be able to join us on April 25-26 in Bismarck or Fargo on April 27.



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.