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Register soon for the state’s 2013 Planning and Community Development Conference: May 7 at Devens

The state agency that oversees housing and economic development is inviting local elected officials, planners, community and economic development professionals, and developers (both non-profit and for-profit) to attend a one-day conference designed to help communities align their planning, development, and housing production activities with the Commonwealth’s Choose Growth policies and sustainable development principles.

The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, at Deven Common Center in Devens, Mass. For details, visit the conference website.

Attendees will learn about local and regional activities currently underway that assure Massachusetts continues progressing toward a healthy economy, a diverse supply of housing, and a vibrant quality of life. The conference will feature two concurrent workshop sessions. Workshops in the first session include:

  • Zoning for Multi-Family Housing: Understanding Housing Needs and State Tools for Production
  • Creative Use of Assets to Support Revitalization
  • Getting the Development You Want: Reaching Revitalization Goals in Different Markets

Workshops in the second session:

  • Zoning for Multi-Family Housing: Using Innovative Zoning Tools to Support Housing Production and Sustainable Development
  • Business Improvement Districts: A Revitalization Tool for a Sustainable Downtown
  • Keeping Your Eye on the Ball: Revitalization Over the Long Term

Detailed workshop descriptions are online.

Opening remarks will be offered by Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray & Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki. Registration is $45 and closes 5 days before the event.