Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nikki Giovanni Key Speaker at Housing Symposium

Two high-profile speakers are scheduled to be part of this year’s Roanoke Regional Housing Network Symposium: Livable Communities. The day-long symposium, organized in partnership with Housing Virginia, will be held at the Vinton War Memorial on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, beginning with opening remarks at 8:30 a.m.

Nikki Giovanni, a world-renowned poet and University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, will present the keynote address at 12:30 p.m. Giovanni will read poetry and deliver remarks that center on creating a more habitable world.

Blacksburg resident Carol Crawford Smith, a former dancer who gained national recognition when she received a new house on the program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is also scheduled to be part of the day-long program.

The Roanoke Regional Housing Network provides a forum for the region’s housing interests to become proactively involved with housing issues. This year’s symposium includes the following workshops:

Morning Workshops
9:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Ensuring Access to Livable Communities
Bringing Veterans Back Into Our Communities
Planning for Livable Communities
Roanoke Neighborhood Revitalization Partnership
Financing Livable Communities
Making the Case for Affordable Housing

Midmorning Workshop

10:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Ensuring Access to Livable Communities
Universal Design: An Extreme Home Makeover (Carol Crawford Smith & others)
Planning for Livable Communities
Local Government Guiding Homeowners
Financing Livable Communities
Show Me The Money (Again!)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Nikki Giovanni
Presentation of Roanoke Regional Housing Network Affordable Housing Advocacy Award

Afternoon Workshops

2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Ensuring Access to Livable Communities
Foreclosure Prevention and Services
Planning for Livable Communities
Affordable Housing in Mixed-Use
UDAS: Newtown in James City County
Financing Livable Communities
Making Green Building Affordable

For more information, go here.

(From press release.)

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