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Solving the Housing Crisis: A Regional Summit on Equitable Solutions

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023

Aspen Meadows, Doerr Hoiser Center

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Summit Agenda and Guest Speakers:


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Registration and Check-in

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Moderator and Host: Gail Schwartz, Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley

Governor Polis Recorded Remarks

Rick Garcia, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Attendee Polling Exercise I

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Session I: Framing the Housing Crisis

Housing leaders discuss the immediacy and urgency of our regional housing crisis and the housing inventory needed to address the housing crisis.

Moderator: Bill Kane, Mayor of Basalt

  - Hannah Klausman, Director, Economic and Community Development, City of Glenwood                Springs

  - Matthew Gillen, Executive Director, Aspen Pitkin Housing Authority (APCHA)

  - Tiffany Pehl Dickenson, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC)

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Session II: Defining the Housing Need and Challenges

Moderator: Bill Kane, Town of Basalt

Panel 1: Housing Needs for Regional Institutions

  - Jeff Gatlin, Chief Operating Officer, Roaring Fork School District

  - Tom McCauley, Chief Human Resources Officer, Aspen Valley Hospital

  - Dan Blankenship, Chief Executive Officer, Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA)

Panel 2: Business Community and Workforce Housing Needs

  - Kris Mattera, Executive Director, Basalt Chamber

  - Carolyn Tucker, Buisness Coordinator, Colorado Workforce Center

  - Bill White, Regional President, Alpine Bank of Colorado

  - Philip Jeffreys, Director of Housing Development, Aspen Skiing Company

Panel 3: Regional Latino Housing Challenges

Moderator: Samuel Bernal, VP Entravision Communications

Facilitator: Illiana Renteria

Movie Trailer: A Decent Home - Filmmaker Sara Terry

  - Liz Rameriz, Community Organizer, Manaus

  - Tony Mendez, Staff Attorney, Alpine Legal Services

  - Maria Judith Alvarez Quiroz, Director, SANA, The People's Clinic

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Polling Exercise II: Tackling Housing Challenges and Opportunities

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Break & Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Session III: Lunch Presentation Guest Speaker

Successful Case Study: Hope Springs Affordable Community and Workforce Pathway

Speaker: Cheri Witt-Brown, Executive Director, Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Session IV: Scalable Solutions Speaker Series

Panel 1: Financial Resources, and Solutions

Moderator: Lee Tuchfarber, RENEW

  - Lee White, Managing Director, Public Finance, D.A. Davidson & Company

  - Margie Joy, NW Representative, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA)

  - Kim Bell Williams, Director, Eagle County Housing and Development Authority

  - Charles Bantis, Regional President, First Western Trust

Panel 2: Government Policy Lens

Moderator: Clark AndersonCommunity Builders

  - Kelly McNicholas Kury, Pitkin County Commissioner

  - Tom Jankovsky, Garfield County Commissioner

  - Kathy Chandler Henry, Eagle County Commissioner

Panel 3: Non-Profit Partners

Moderator: Clark AndersonCommunity Builders

  - Sydney Schalit, Executive Director, Manaus & Roaring Fork Community Development Corp.

  - Alexandra Yajko, Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley

  - Emily Orbanek, Western Colorado Community Foundation

  - Tiana Patterson, VP of Social Impact and Wealth Equity, Elevation Community Land Trust

Panel 4: Real Estate Development Community

Moderator: Lee Tuchfarber, RENEW

  - Adam Roy, Headwaters Housing Partners

  - Paul Major, Manager, Rural Homes; Board Member, Paradox Community Trust

  - Mike Surak, Owner and VP of Development, Real America

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Session V: Activating our Region

Advancing Actionable and Equitable Solutions — Discussion, Question and Answer, and Identification of Working Groups. 

Moderator and Host: Gail Schwartz, Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley

Presenter: David Myler and Heather Henry, West Mountain Regional Housing Coalition

Attendee Polling Exercise III - Housing Solutions

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing and Thank You!

Thank you to our sponsors!

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