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.
Breakout Session II
10:30am - 11:45am
Affordable Housing Policies in challenging times
Ginny Stroud, City of Greenville & Geona Shaw Johnson, City of Charleston
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.
Breakout Session III
1:45pm - 3:00pm
Making Local Policies Work for You: Public Resources for Successful CED
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
Gary Morris, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Law Firm, SCEDA & Justin Powell, Horry County
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.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Opportunity ZOnes 101
Moderator: Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Speakers: Lori Chatman, Enterprise Partners and Greg Clements, Novogradac
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.
Breakout Session V
9:00am - 10:15am
Breakout Session VI
10:45am - 12:00pm
How to use the Prosperity Scorecard to make the case for your work
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.