Athens Retreat - September 19-21, 2017

Albany Retreat - February 20-23, 2017

Gainesville Retreat September 20-22, 2016 

Dublin Retreat February 22-25, 2016 

Tifton Retreat September 22-24, 2015

Macon Retreat February 23-26, 2015

Valdosta Retreat September 23-25, 2014

Douglasville Retreat February 24-27, 2014

Rome Retreat - September 10-12, 2013

Lake Blackshear Retreat February 25-28, 2013 

Cartersville Retreat September 11-13, 2012

Previous Retreat Presentations by Topic

Topic

Name

Title

Organization

Date

Presentation Title

Best Practices in Neighborhood Revitalization

Tami Babb

Housing Code Official

Peachtree City

2/2010

Landlord Training Program, Keeping Illegal Activity out of Rental Property

Heather Benham

Housing Director

Athens Land Trust

8/2011

Creative Housing Solutions - Athens Land Trust

Monica Callahan

Downtown Development Authority Manager

City of Madison

2/2010

Community Housing Best Practices Complex=NOT=Complicated

Martin Fretty

Department of Housing Director

City of Savannah

2/2011

Revitalizing Neighborhoods: Neighborhood Renaissance Savannah

Kirby Glaze

President

Public-Private Partnership Management, Inc. (4 PM)
Community Development Partners, Inc.

8/2011

Blight after "Kelo"

Cynthia Harrison & Don Watt

Community Initiatives Coordinator; Office of Special Initiatives Director

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

9/2010

Geogia's Housing Success Stories

Cam Jordan

Community Development Director

City of Fitzgerald

2/2012

Best Practices for Redevelopment

Rick Parker

Executive Director

Athens Housing Authority

8/2011

Creative Housing Solutions - Athens Housing Authority

Mara Register

Assistant to the City Manager

City of Valdosta

2/2010

Affordable Housing Initiatives: Building Your Own Local Toolbox

Cathy Smith

Assistant Director

DASH of LaGrange

2/2010

DASH LaGrange Neighborhood Revitalization

 

Brian Williamson

Assistant Commissioner CDFD

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

8/2008

Neighborhood Revitalization

Building Community Support

Linda Harris

Assistant Director, Community & Economic Development

City of Decatur

2/2012

Community Sustainability, Building Community Support

JoAnne Lewis

President

Douglas Coffee County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority

2/2012

Building Community Support

Dianne Tate

Mayor Pro-Tem

City of Cartersville

2/2007

Building Community Support & The Cartersville Story

Code Enforcement

Mike Ashley

Director of Inspections

City of Rome/Floyd County

Charlie Bethel & Howard Gibson

 Human Resources Executive; Building Official

J&J/Invision; City of Rome

8/2007

Code Enforcement Initiatives

Brandon Bowen

Attorney

Jenkins & Olson, P.C.

9/2010

Legal Issues: Tools for Code Enforcement

Frank Jenkins

 Attorney

Jenkins & Olson, P.C.

8/2007

State Law Tools for Code Enforcement

Alton West

Director of Community Development

City of LaGrange

8/2009

Code Enforcement Initiative, City of LaGrange

Community Development Tax Incentives - Blighted Property

Nathan Davis & Mike Tilson

City Attorney; Code Enforcement Director

City of Albany

8/2011

Community Redevelopment Tax Incentives - Blighted Properties

Frederick Gardiner & Martha Reimann

Planning Director; Regional Downtown Representative

City of Griffin; DCA

9/2010

Redevelopment Tax Incentive Ordinances

Financial Literacy/ Homebuyer Education

Brenda Cude

Professor

Department of Housing and Consumer Economics, UGA

8/2009

Financial Literacy and Housing

Patrice Duncan & Anthony Harris

Senior Vice President; Asst. Vice President

D & E Group

9/2010

Why is Financial Education/Literacy Important?

Janet Tisdol

Housing Counselor

Southwest Georgia United Empowerment Zone

8/2009

Southwest Georgia United
Home Buyer Education Workshop

Land Banking

Frank Alexander & Mara Register

Professor of Law; Assistant to the City Manger

Emory University School of Law; City of Valdosta

8/2011

Georgia Land Bank Authorities

Bruce Gerwig

Special Programs Director

Macon Housing Authority

5/2005

Macon-Bibb County Land Bank & Housing Authorities

Alison Souther

Executive Director

Macon-Bibb County Land Bank Authority

9/2010

Creating and Using a Land Bank Authority in Neighborhood Revitalization

New Designs for Affordable Housing

Ed Akins II

AIA, LEED AP

Smith Dalia Architect, LLC

8/2008

Affordable and Supportive Housing

Ashley Edwards

Deputy Director Recovery and Renewal

Office of Governor Haley Barbour

8/2009

State of Mississippi Alternative Housing Pilot Program
Eleanor Smith Director Concrete Change
8/2008

Inclusive Home Design

Planning for Team Sustainability

Gaye Smith & Mary Willoughby

Executive Director; Owner

Georgia Family Connection Partnership; Willoughby & Crane Consulting

2/2009

Planning for Sustainability

Sustainable Communities

Jennifer Adams

Construction Managers

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

8/2009

Green Building

Susan Kidd

Senior Vice President

The Georgia Conservancy

Scott Lee Manager of Affordable Housing Initiative Southface       8/2009 Southface Energy Institute

Chrissy Marlowe

Governmental Training, Education and Development

Carl Vinson Institute of Government, UGA

8/2008

Quality Growth

Dorothy McDaniel

Field Representative

The Georgia Conservancy

5/2005

Georgia Conservancy & Quality Growth

Robert Reed

Sustainable Cities Program Manager

Southface, Inc

9/2010

Sustainable Future for Georgia

Annaka Woodruff

Local Government Assistance Division - Communications Manager

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Understanding the Housing Market

Andrew Carswell

Assistant Professor

Housing and Consumer Economics, UGA

2/2008

Housing Trends, Factors, and Forces

Marshall Crawford, Jr.

Management Consultant Partnership and Growth

NeighborWorks America

2/2008

Fighting Foreclosures:
NeighborWorks® America Innovations in Foreclosure Prevention

Dave Dixon

Executive Vice President

NorSouth Companies

Cal Evans, Jr.

Regional Appraiser

Synovus Regional Credit

2/2010

Foreclosures, Bank Strategies, and Housing Issues

Karen Leone de Nie

Research Manager, Community & Economic Development

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

2/2012

Understanding the New Housing Market: Consequences and Opportunities for Rental Housing

Barbara Reddick

Senior Planner

Southwest Georgia RC

Tom Rodgers

Associate Director of Housing

HDRC, University of Georgia

Mickie Williams

Builder/Developer

Georgia Housing Consultants

Using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program

David Bartlett

Senior Tax Credit Underwriter

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

8/2008

DCA's Affordable Rental Housing Program

Jerry Braden

Developer

The Braden Group

8/2008

Bedford Place Apartments

Mitchell Davenport, Gary Hall

Development Specialist, Developer

The Gateway Companies, Hall Housing Investment

9/2010

Tax Credits 101

Vision

John Hiscox

Executive Director

Macon Housing Authority

2/2010

Making It Work: Sharing the Macon Affordable Housing Experience

Otis Johnson

Mayor

City of Savannah

2/2011

A Vision of the Interconnectedness of Housing and Community Viability

Bob Young

Regional Director, Atlanta Office

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

2/2007

Different Ways Communities Are Meeting The Affordable Housing Needs Of Their Citizens

Working with Volunteer Programs

Robert Bird

Coordinator

Hands On Wayne - City of Jesup

2/2008

Hands On Georgia

Connie Cooper

Chief Service Officer

City of Savannah

Richard Joyner

Housing Rehabilitation Coordinator

City of Valdosta

Joy Moten-Thomas

Director of the Public Service Center

Fort Valley State University

Laurie Nichols

Chief Executive Officer

Hands On Georgia

2/2008

Hands On Georgia

Debra Rollins

Executive Director

Rebuilding Macon, Inc.

John Turner

Americorps Director

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

2/2010

Americorps Programs & Working with Volunteers

Glenn Misner

Office Director

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

8/2009

CDBG Housing

Other Special Topics

Understanding the Latino Community

Jorge Atiles

Associate Dean, Extension and Engagement, Professor of Housing

Oklahoma State University

8/2008

Understanding and Working with the Latino Population

Frank Hooper Police Chief City of Gainesville
8/2008
Understanding the Latino Community

Regulatory Barriers

A. Byrant Applegate

Senior Counsel, CPD and Director ACCI

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Keep America Beautiful

Judy Bowles

 Executive Director

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful

Advice from previous GICH communities

Angela Castellow

City Council Member

City of Moultrie

2/2008

Working with Elected Officials on Housing Issues

Housing Policy Update

Carmen Chubb

Assistant Commissioner for Housing

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

2/2009

Housing Policy Update

Keep America Beautiful

Lynn Cobb

Manager

DCA - Keep America Beautiful

Broken Windows in Color

Resident Involvement Program

Tyrone Daughtry, Taffanye Young

 Community Planning & Development, Community Planning & Development Director

City of Savannah

2/2011

Community Engagement: City of Savannah Programs & Lessons Learned

Using Google Earth as a Poor Man's GIS: Concepts to Help Accelerate Your Housing Initiatives

Jeff DeWitt

GIS Administrator, Economic Development

Georgia Power

8/2011

Google Earth Tutorial Links

Liberty County Clean and Beautiful

Jennifer Flournoy

Affiliate

Liberty County Clean and Beautiful

5/2005

Keep Liberty County Mobile Home Abatement Project

Talk of the Town: Letting Everyone in on Your Achievements

Amy Henderson

Public Information Manager

Georgia Municipal Association

8/2011

Talk of the Town

Modular Housing

Edward Kessie

Architectural Consultant

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Homeless Count

Jane Massey

 Principle

Massey Consulting

2/2008

Every Georgian Counts :  Understanding Homelessness in Your Community

Eminent Domain Legislative Update

Susan Pruett

General Counsel

Georgia Municipal Association