H-GAC's Livable Centers Workshops provide resources, training and information to help communities and local governments enhance their quality of life. You can find information on upcoming workshops in various topic areas at the links below, as well as presentations and materials from past workshops.
Participants in this workshop gained insight on how to incorporate housing into planning strategies and learn about the tools available in our region to help promote successful housing development. They also had a chance to join in a conversation with an expert panel to see what it takes to make a housing development “pencil,” and ask questions about localized housing strategies in their communities.
H-GAC's Livable Centers Program Jeff Taebel, FAICP, H-GAC
Plan Development: Livable Centers Study Nick Finan, Executive Director of Management Services, City of Texas City
Toolbox Development: What's available in our region? Alexandra Miller, Managing Principal, Asakura Robinson
Resources and upcoming events
Toolbox Implementation: 3 Tools & 3 Partners, Houston Examples
Community Redevelopment Corporation (CRC) Kathy Payton, President, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation
Community Development Corporation (CDC) William H. Merrick, Real Estate Projects Coordinator, Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corporation
Community Land Trust (CLT) Ashley Allen, Executive Director, Houston Community Land Trust
Toolbox Test Case: 1 Developer & 1 Property, A Small-town ExampleLance Gilliam, Partner, Waterman Steele Real Estate Advisors
View Facilitating Housing Toolbox
Participants at this workshop gained insights from experts on retail trends and future opportunities. They learned how communities like Navasota, Rosenberg, Huntsville are attracting and retaining retail tenants while rebranding their retail destinations through practical policies, programs and projects.
H-GAC's Livable Centers ProgramJeff Taebel, FAICP, H-GAC
Retail TrendsSteven R. Spillette, CDS Community Development Strategies
Local Examples - NavasotaBrad Stafford, City of Navasota
Local Examples - HuntsvilleAron Kulhavy, City of Huntsville
Retail ToolboxAustin Farmer, The Retail Coach
Uses and Benefits of Instant ImpactLayne Ferguson, Team Better Block
Instant Impact in Small TownsTanvi Sharma, Huitt-Zollars
Instant Impact through PartnershipsLuis Guajardo and Alexandra Miller, Asakura Robinson
Introduction to the Instant Impact GuideClint McManus, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Participants at this half-day workshop learned how communities can create more walkable places by investing in sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities.
This half-day event offered a collaborative forum around topics related to the Livable Centers and Pedestrian/Bicyclist programs at H-GAC.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council hosted a three-part workshop series focused on how to attract private development for our Livable Centers Study Sponsors. Workshop 1 'Land/Property and Regulation/Permitting' was held on Friday, May 10, 2013 followed by 'Finance, Incentives and Value Added' on June 21st. A third workshop was held on September 7, 2013. Workshop presentations have been posted below.
Livable Centers Speed Dating Friday, September 27, 2013
Finance, Incentives and Value Added Friday, June 21, 2013
This workshop focuses on the financial side of development and funding mechanisms and concludes with a reality check.
Agenda Workshop Recording
The Competitive Edge: The Added Value of Livability Jeff Taebel, Houston-Galveston Area Council Amy Harbert, SWA Group
We Are Open for Business: Getting Public Infrastructure Right Rebecca Leonard, Design Workshop
Reality Check: Your Communities' Development Market Doug Childers, Morris Architects
Terra Firma: Land as an Incentive Todd LaRue, Robert Charles Lesser & Co.
The Basics – The Development Financing Process Bill Odle, Cobb, Fendley & Associates
The Role of Public Entities - Cities, Counties, 4A and 4B Corps and Special Districts Alan Mueller, Marsh-Darcy Partners
Non-Traditional Finance: CDFIs, CDCs and more Amanda Timm, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Land/Property and Regulation/Permitting May 10, 2013
Creating your development team, Land and Property, Regulations and Permitting.
What is the purpose of this workshop and what should you expect? Jeff Taebel, Houston-Galveston Area Council
The Livable Centers Coach Bill Odle, Cobb, Fendley & Associates
Just Do It: Case Study - Nassau Bay Town Center Sue Darcy, Marsh Darcy Partners
Property Acquisition, Assembly, and Partnerships Matt Stovall, Crosspoint Properties
Local project sponsors and interested parties discussed Livable Centers challenges and opportunities in a roundtable forum.
Houston-Galveston Area Council