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Neighborhood Revitalization

Conference Presentations

Strategic Data-Use to Stabilize Neighborhoods Conference

December 6-7, 2011

Mobilizing Grassroots Participation in Data-Driven Policy (PDF) Leaving the Board
December 7, 2011

These presentations provide the author's community-based efforts to use data as a means to mobilize people and resources to gather and analyze data and affect change.

Ingrid Gould Ellen, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning, Wagner School of Public Policy, New York University, Co-Director, NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
Jeff Matson, Community GIS Coordinator, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota

Innovative Uses of Public Data (PDF) Leaving the Board
December 7, 2011

New data is increasingly available to the public. The presentation will examine how publicly accessible data can be applied to neighborhood reinvestment advocacy, programming and policy.

Peter A. Tatian, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute
Ira Goldstein, Managing Director for Policy, The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia
Laura Speer, Associate Director, Policy Reform and Data, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Data Infrastructure Blueprint (PDF) Leaving the Board
December 7, 2011

A comprehensive, real-time data system to inform neighborhood redevelopment requires identifying and compiling data, and making it available in resourceful but practical ways. Much of the data for a strong data infrastructure is already available locally. The presentations will detail how to prepare and use data to promote neighborhood reinvestment.

Seema D. Iyer, PhD, Associate Director and Research Assistant Professor, Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore
Max Weselcouch, Data Manager, New York University Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
Jim Lucht, Director, Information Group, ProvPlan, Providence

Market-Driven Neighborhood Investment (PDF) Leaving the Board
December 7, 2011

Several cities have used market categories to launch new, targeted re-investment strategies. These presentations explore the mechanics of categorizing block and neighborhood level markets and how these "typologies" can be used.

Catherine Califano, Assistant Director of Policy and Information Services, The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia
Kyra Straussman, Director, Real Estate, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Gregory Parrish, Technical Manager, Data Driven Detroit

Visual Story-telling with Data (PDF) Leaving the Board
December 7, 2011

This workshop will highlight creative, compelling data presentations and how to effectively communicate data analysis. This session will be led by faculty and staff of the Maryland Institute College of Arts' new Information Visualization program, which will be launched fall 2012.

Bryan Connor, Freelance Designer, Maryland Institute College of Art
Heather Bradbury, Manager, Master of Professional Studies-Business of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art

Drilling Down to Property Level Decision-making
December 7, 2011

The redevelopment of vacant properties is often idiosyncratic and tied to micro-markets. These presentations examine the use of disparate sources to assemble accurate, complete information for individual parcels.

Bob Gradeck, University of Pittsburgh, University Center for Social and Urban Research, Pittsburgh
Justin Fleming, Program Associate, Neighborhood Progress, Inc., Cleveland

Mobilizing a Data Army (PDF) Leaving the Board
December 7, 2011

Residents, students, and volunteers have been valuable resources in gathering information, identifying issues and changing policy. This workshop shares the experiences of a variety of approaches to recruit, train, manage, and grow a grassroots data network.

Janet Felsten, Founder and Director, Baltimore Green Map

Case Study: Dallas (PDF) Leaving the Board
December 7, 2011

The presentation will discuss work on a Dallas Morning News series on inequality in the Dallas Region. The series won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.

Tim Bray, Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research, University of Texas-Dallas
Tod Robberson, Editorial Writer, Dallas Morning News

Using Data to Drive Neighborhood Investment (PDF) Leaving the Board
December 6, 2011

Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia are using data, mapping, and community engagement to address disinvestment in new and promising ways. Their work is reflected through various perspectives in these presentations.

Frank Ford, Sr. Vice President, Research and Development, Neighborhood Progress, Inc., Cleveland
Mike Schramm, Director of Information Technology and Research, Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation, Cleveland
Karla Henderson, Group Executive of Planning and Facilities, Mayor's Office, Detroit
Danielle Lewinski, Director of Planning and Technical Programs, Community Legal Resources, Detroit

City of Baltimore – Vacants-to-Value and Data Infrastructure (PDF) Leaving the Board
December 6, 2011

Baltimore has launched a market-driven strategy to attract private investment in vacant properties. The initiative is based on creative uses of information that is already available in most cities. These presentations will examine the myriad components of this ambitious new strategy including: aggressive, targeted code enforcement; new property disposition methods; real-time data sources; aerial photography; and a neighborhood typology.

Michael Braverman, Deputy Commissioner, Code Enforcement, Baltimore Housing
Julia Day, Deputy Commissioner, Land Resources, Baltimore Housing
Bill Ballard, President, LocationAge, LLC

REO and Vacant Property Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization Conference

September 1-2, 2010

National Overview of the REO Crisis
September 1, 2010

This presentation provides an overview of national and regional REO trends and an outlook for the future.

Mark Zandi,

Fostering Healthy Regional Markets
September 1, 2010

This panel discusses how stabilization efforts are organized in different regions of the nation, highlighting promising practices and programs.

Moderator: Richard Walker, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


  • Dan Immergluck, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Kai-yan Lee, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Michael Schramm, Case Western Reserve University
  • Carolina Reid, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

National “First Look”
September 1, 2010

Secretary Donovan discusses the creation of a National "First Look" program for the sale of REO properties.

Secretary Shaun Donovan, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Industry Perspectives on REO Strategies
September 1, 2010

This panel examines the response to the REO crisis by banking institutions and other holders of REO property.

Moderator: Craig Nickerson, National Community Stabilization Trust


  • Jay Ryan, Fannie Mae
  • Yves Mombeleur, Chase REO
  • Rob Grossinger, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Terry Theologides, CoreLogic, Inc.

New Directions for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
September 1, 2010

This panel discusses innovative local NSP programs to rebuild neighborhoods devastated by the economic crisis. 

Moderator: Ruth Clevenger, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


  • Terry Gillen, City of Philadelphia
  • Karen Leone de Nie, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Amanda Roberts, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Andrew French, Redevelopment Authority of Fayette County

Case Study: Mortgage Outreach and Research Efforts
September 1, 2010

President Evans outlines the Federal Reserve response to the housing crisis under the Mortgage Outreach and Research Efforts initiative (MORE), highlighting System efforts to help stabilize communities.

President Charles Evans, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Promising Approaches to Stabilizing Neighborhoods and Keeping Properties Occupied
September 2, 2010

This panel examines the feasibility of extending to new areas promising local approaches to addressing REO.

Moderator: Alan Mallach, Brookings Institution


  • Harold Simon, National Housing Institute
  • Judy Jacobson, Mass Housing Partnership
  • Sarah Greenberg, NeighborWorks America

Overcoming Local Challenges: Boston and Cleveland
September 2, 2010

This panel examines two examples of municipalities that have been able stabilize neighborhoods in spite of significant barriers to achieve their goals.

Moderator: Tammy Edwards, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City


  • Judge Raymond Pianka, Cleveland Housing Court
  • Frank Ford, Neighborhood Progress Incorporated
  • Evelyn Friedman, City of Boston
  • Elyse Cherry, Boston Community Capital

Taking Stabilization Efforts to Scale
September 2, 2010

This panel discusses novel ways to increase the capacity of local stabilization efforts, while acknowledging existing resource limitations.

Moderator: Scott Turner, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


  • Yolanda Chavez, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • George McCarthy, Ford Foundation
  • Heidi Coppola, REO Clearinghouse
  • Frank Alexander, Center for Community Progress




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