NeighborWorks America Community Stabilization Forum
NeighborWorks America's Community Stabilization Forum brings together NeighborWorks network members to discuss best practices, challenges, and opportunities in pursuing comprehensive approaches to stabilizing and transforming communities. Engaging both industry experts and community development practitioners, the forum create a space for thoughtful exchange around tools needed by the field to create progress for their communities and proven strategic, market-appropriate approaches to stabilize and strengthen neighborhoods.
2014 Community Stabilization Forum on Rebuilding Markets
In May 2014, the Stable Communities Initiative held their Forum on Rebuilding Markets in Louisville, KY. The daylong event engaged over 100 practitioners representing more than 40 NeighborWorks organizations in a robust exchange on ways to stabilize and strengthen communities through strategic, market-oriented approaches. The forum explored how organizations are analyzing market trends, diagnosing critical issues, adapting strategies to changing conditions, and promoting positive community transformation. The program also included afternoon tours of community stabilization efforts in Louisville.
Thanks to Chase for their support of the Forum on Rebuilding Markets
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- OPENING SESSION
- CONNECTING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO THE REGIONAL ECONOMY
- PUTTING MARKET-ORIENTED DATA TO USE
- DRIVERS OF DEEP CHANGE Presenter
- LUNCH: ADAPTING STRATEGIES TO CATALYZE CHANGE
Presenters: Bill Bynum, Hope Enterprise Corporation
Closing Reflection: Lori Gay, Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles
- MOBILE WORKSHOPS
NuLu Neighborhood Tour—Louisville, KY
New Albany’s CBD & Midtown Neighborhood Tour—New Albany, IN
Revitalization at the Edge of Hope VI—Louisville, KY
2012 Community Stabilization Forum
In December 2012, representatives from more than 60 NeighborWorks organizations, along with staff from NeighborWorks America and other national partners and funders, met in Washington, DC, to discuss new challenges and opportunities in community stabilization. The day’s discussion looked back at what has happened over the last several years, emerging trends, and what tools, strategies, and resources are needed to support this work in the future. Key themes included:
- Community stabilization requires practitioners to bring solutions to scale. Affordable housing production must be balanced with other community stabilization strategies in order to protect communities from market booms and busts. What are the tools, strategies and resources for doing this? Is there an inherent tension between production and stabilization?
- Private investors are buying up huge numbers of distressed properties, at levels far above what can be accomplished with public funds. How do we engage private investors in our community stabilization work?
- Community stabilization demands have changed since the start of the housing crisis and will continue to do so. How do we stay relevant in responding to current conditions and remain nimble enough to adapt to local and national trends and changes in funding?
- The changing environment demands that we envision different roles for nonprofits working to improve neighborhoods. What are these changing roles and what do they mean for NeighborWorks organizations?
- We must continue the trend toward managing activities for outcomes such as graduation rates or emergence from poverty, not just output (e.g., number of loans originated or units built.) This will generate powerful storie
s that help to engage community members and build support for the ongoing work from a diverse set of stakeholders.
- NeighborWorks America and NeighborWorks organizations can support and leverage the work of the network by pooling data, sharing tools and strategies, developing new resources and staying alert to emerging trends.
2012 Forum Materials
- Keynote Presentation: "Where Have We Been and Where Do We Go From Here?"
- REO Solutions at Scale (New Jersey Community Capital)
- Tools and Strategies for Managing Neighborhood Change
- Lunch Presentation: "Routinizing the Extraordinary"
- Investing in What Works for America's Communities
- How Do You Know If Your Stabilization Efforts Are Working?
- Branding and Marketing Your Neighborhood