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Session Papers

The Current State of Workforce Housing in Miami-Dade County
In the conference’s first session, “The Current State of Workforce Housing in Miami-Dade County,” Gregg Fortner, executive director of the Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency, noted that despite a five-year slowdown in the South Florida housing market, housing prices remain too high for much of the workforce.

- Gregg Fortner, Executive Director, Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency

Needs and Solutions in South Florida Housing and Community Development
Developing mixed-use housing projects, taking advantage of transit lines and tapping the “sweat equity” of working families are among the ways developers can increase South Florida’s workforce housing supply, panelists suggested.

- Ralph Rosado, Executive Director, South Florida Community Development Coalition (moderator)
- Mario Artecona, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami
- Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg, President and CEO, Carrfour Supportive Housing
- Matthew Greer, CEO, Carlisle Development Group
- Albert Milo, Principal and Vice President, Related Urban Development Group
- Jim Murley, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Planning Council
- Arden Shank, President and CEO, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida

Workforce Housing: Regaining Traction and Moving Forward
Nationwide, more effective public-private-nonprofit partnerships are essential to increasing the supply of workforce housing, said participants in this panel discussion.

- Senator Mel Martinez, Chairman, Southeast and Latin America and Chairman, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Co-Chair, Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission; and Former U.S. Secretary, Housing and Urban Development (moderator)
- Alphonso Jackson, Vice Chairman, Mortgage Banking, JPMorgan Chase and Former U.S. Secretary, Housing and Urban Development
- Pam Patenaude, Director, Housing Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center
- J. Ronald Terwilliger, Commissioner, Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission and Chairman Emeritus, Trammell Crow Residential

Keynote Session
In the final “Keynote Session,” University of Miami President Donna Shalala engaged Consumer Federation of America’s Zigas in a candid conversation on the future roles of the public and private sectors in workforce housing.

- Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy, Consumer Federation of America
- Donna E. Shalala, President, University of Miami

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