MEDIA ADVISORY: Statewide Groups Partner to Host Housing Forum
OLYMPIA — Ten diverse business and advocacy groups from throughout the state are joining forces to host a forum on housing availability and affordability July 8 in Bellevue.
The event will cover the outlook on current issues, provide insights on experiences and best practices, and allow attendees to connect with cross-disciplinary decision makers to foster positive action. This event is targeted at problem-solvers, policy influencers, and thought leaders and is aimed at addressing the issue of affordable housing for workforce and families in all the state's communities.
The wide ranging discussion will start with opening remarks from U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-WA 10, and state Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, followed by presentations from James Young of the University of Washington, speaking about two decades of rising housing costs in the state; and Joseph Tovar, principal of Tovar Planning and co-lead of the Road Map to Washington’s Future project.
The event includes panel discussions on the cost of building a home, and a panel with state legislative leaders. The day’s breakout session topics include land use, infrastructure, tax and regulatory concerns, rental markets, and much more.
Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Please to RSVP to Lori Maricle at AWB at 360-943-1600 ext, 1041, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO: Association of Washington Business
Association of Washington Cities
Building Industry Association of Washington
Greater Spokane Inc.
Rental Housing Association of Washington
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber
Washington Public Ports Association
Washington State Association of Counties
WHAT: Housing Forum
WHEN: Monday, July 8, 2019, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. Opening Keynote: Two Decades of Rising Housing Costs in Washington
U.S. Representative Denny Heck, D-WA 10
State Representative Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia
James Young, University of Washington
10:00 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. The Nuts and Bolts and Dollars and Cents of Building a Home
11:10 a.m. General Keynote: Managing growth and change in Washington – what’s past is prologue – or is it?
Joseph Tovar, Principal, Tovar Planning
11:40 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. Legislative Panel
Gary Chandler, VP Government Affairs, AWB, Moderator
Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup
Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia
Rep. June Robinson, D-Everett
1:10 p.m. Break
| Track 1
Land Use & Supply
||Creating Space for Homes
||Navigating Local Regulations
||The Rental Factor
||Infrastructure and Housing Affordability
|| Developing Housing Options
||The Permit Process: The Road to a Home
4:30 p.m. Partner Wrap-up
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Adjourn
WHERE: Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98004