Business Transformation Themes Resonate at Austin Member Meeting as Leaders Focus on the Future

January 26, 2012

Boston MA — Representatives from 64 member organizations came together for two days of substantive dialogue and exchange in Austin. It was our largest meeting to date among the membership’s leadership.

The member meeting was an energizing two days of discussions covering a range of salient topics affecting our members’ business operations and growth. As always, our peer exchange provided opportunities for members to share their challenges and new approaches to some of the tough issues we are facing. As one participant remarked, “Most of all I was energized by the “business transformation” message. I greatly value(d) being in the presence of so many people excited, as opposed to depressed, by the changes in our field.”

The member meeting featured sessions on neighborhood stabilization and emerging innovations in some of our hardest hit communities; strategic and operational considerations for a scaled approach to scattered site rental housing; the CDFI Bond program and its best uses to catalyze affordable housing production; and sessions on green integrative design, supportive housing, and best practices in fire prevention and catastrophe planning among our property operators. More detailed information about all of the sessions can be found at HPOnline on the Austin Member Meeting page.

The meeting culminated with a policy plenary session in which members were challenged to envision what a different finance and production system could look like that recognized and rewarded high performing, mission oriented nonprofits. This energizing discussion kicked off a year long process among our membership to develop a new housing policy framework to present to the Administration following the 2012 election. (See related article on Housing Policy Reform Effort.)

Finally, our host member, Foundation Communities, organized an inspiring tour of their newest multi-family TOD project, a 150 unit LEED Platinum certified property featuring one of their signature community learning centers. Members also got to enjoy a taste of Austin’s live music scene with one of its finest local bands, Mother Falcon, who capped off a terrific evening of peer networking and savory BBQ at Lambert’s Downtown Barbeque.

The Network’s Spring 2012 Member Meeting will take place in Charlotte, NC on June 14 and 15th. We look forward to continuing our dialogue.

For more information, please contact Lexi Turner.