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Policy Strategies 

The Policy Strategy track will focus on local, state, and national policies in community economic development.

THURSDAY, December 6, 2018

Breakout Session I
9:00am - 10:15am

Advocacy in Action: Nonprofits guide to advocacy

Advocacy is a key tool in advancing community economic development opportunities in South Carolina. When done effectively, advocacy influences public policy, but it can be overwhelming for individuals and organizations to voice an opinion.  In this session, we will here from local & state leaders in grassroots organizing and advocacy as they discuss effective strategies for citizen engagement, direct and indirect advocacy efforts, and best practice examples.

   Brandon Chapman    Associate Organizer, Charleston Area Justice Ministry    Bio

Brandon Chapman
Associate Organizer, Charleston Area Justice Ministry
Bio

   Ashley Lidow    Associate Director of Policy and Government Relations, WREN    Bio

Ashley Lidow
Associate Director of Policy and Government Relations, WREN
Bio

 

Breakout Session II
10:30am - 11:45am

Affordable Housing Policies in challenging times 

Community-based organizations have always been challenged with locating and securing a variety of resources for developing affordable housing. Participants will learn about local resources and policies to help start your next affordable housing project.

 
   Geona Shaw Johnson    City of Charleston    Bio

Geona Shaw Johnson City of Charleston
Bio

   Ginny Stroud    City of Greenville    Bio

Ginny Stroud
City of Greenville
Bio

 

Breakout Session III
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Making Local Policies Work for You: Public Resources for Successful CED

   Julie Orr Franklin, AICP    Community Advisor/Organizational Development Consultant   Bio

Julie Orr Franklin, AICP
Community Advisor/Organizational Development Consultant

Bio

Are you effectively collaborating with your municipalities or counties to achieve your mission? The foundation of Community Economic Development is developing sustainable communities by building on resources and capacities at the local level. In that light, this session will help you identify a variety of local government policies and programs available in South Carolina to support CED initiatives, including local tax incentives, creative financing mechanisms, business and housing assistance, and public-private partnerships. A participatory format will provide you the opportunity to share your own local experiences, learn from your peers, and walk away with strategies for engaging your organization and constituents in your community’s policy making and implementation process. Board and staff members of Community Development Corporations and other nonprofits, as well as local government representatives working in smaller and underserved communities may find this of particular interest. 

Breakout Session IV
3:30pm - 4:45pm

Opportunity Zones a local perspective

Opportunity Zones present a new source of capital for investment for economic and community development activities.  The session will cover how Opportunity Zones work and their potential for new investment in low income communities.  The presentation will also cover the collaborative effort by Horry County, the City of Myrtle Beach, and the City of Conway to jointly apply for and manage their allocation of Opportunity Zones.  The presentation will cover how the Grand Strand is working together on maximizing the six Opportunity Zones in the area and current strategies on how to make sure Opportunity Zones provide benefit to each community.

 
   Gary Morris    Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Law Firm    Bio

Gary Morris
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Law Firm
Bio

   Justin Powell    Assistant County Administrator, Horry County    Bio

Justin Powell
Assistant County Administrator, Horry County
Bio

 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Breakout Session V
9:00am - 10:15am

Opportunity ZOnes 101

Moderator: Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Speakers: Greg Clements, Novogradac, & Will Lambe, Enterprise Creative Capital

Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. This session will discuss the status of the program, the strategies behind the designations of zones, and what strategies we can use going forward. 

 
   Jeanne Milliken Bonds    Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond    Bio

Jeanne Milliken Bonds
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Bio

   Gregory Clements, CPA    Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP    Bio

Gregory Clements, CPA
Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP
Bio

   Will Lambe    Director of Capital Solutions, Enterprise Creative Capital    Bio

Will Lambe
Director of Capital Solutions, Enterprise Creative Capital
Bio

 

Breakout Session VI
10:45am - 12:00pm

How to use the Prosperity Scorecard to make the case for your work 

   Kasey Wiedrich    Director of Applied Research, Prosperity Now    Bio

Kasey Wiedrich
Director of Applied Research, Prosperity Now
Bio

The Prosperity Now Scorecard is your resource for comprehensive data on household financial health and policy recommendations for how states can put everyone in the United States on a path to prosperity. Whether you’re advocating for change in your state or local community, looking for ways to better serve your community with programs that boost financial health, or a policymaker seeking insights to guide an agenda for prosperity, the Scorecard is an indispensable tool. In this session, you will learn how to use the Scorecard to find financial security data for your community (city, county, Congressional District or state), create reports and graphics, and how to message the data to make the case for your work.