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The BIA’s calendar of events – project tours, member breakfasts and happy hours, the annual Builders Conference, Meet the Builders, educational sessions and others – are great opportunities to get involved in building both the city and your business by networking, sharing ideas, making new business connections, and keeping up with industry colleagues.


19th Annual Builders Conference

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Name: 19th Annual Builders Conference
Date: October 1, 2020
Time: 2:45 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

Housing 3.0: Exploring the Next Era of Equitable, For-Profit Housing Development

Philadelphia is called the City of Brotherly Love, the City of Neighborhoods, and the poorest big city in America.
This extraordinary year has shed new light on these portrayals, focusing attention on how we've developed as a city to date, who profits from that growth, and who is left behind or displaced. Housing availability and affordability are fundamental to any discussion about equity and inclusion, making the role of the BIA and its members critical to exploring a new era of for-profit housing development in Philadelphia. As builders of for-sale and rental housing, landlords, property managers, and those whose businesses support the residential construction industry, it's important for us to better understand poverty and housing instability in our city and develop new ways of doing business.
Join us for an interview with Dr. Matthew Desmond, author of The New York Times bestseller and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, and a sociologist and founder of the Eviction Lab at Princeton University. Desmon's work transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and provides ideas for rebalancing conflicting rights: the right to profit from housing development and the right to a safe and affordable home. Anne Fadullon, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development for the City of Philadelphia will lead the interview. (Please click the cover image to order the book in advance from a local bookseller.) 

A presentation on the state of Philadelphia's housing economy and affordability by Kevin Gillen, Ph.D., will follow.

All profits from this virtual event will be shared equally among BIA members Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and Trades for a Difference, and the BIA's Student Chapter, Liguori Academy, for the invaluable work these organizations do to address the impacts of poverty in Philadelphia.  

Sign up today using the "Register Now" link above!
BIA Members: free, donations welcome - advance registration is required!
Non-members: $50
Non-profits and students: $25
The access link will be emailed to registered attendees the day before the event.

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DR. MATTHEW DESMOND. MacArthur Genius and Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond is the author of The New York Times bestseller and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The book also won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, and was named a Best Book of 2016 by nearly three dozen outlets including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology, and launched the Eviction Lab at Princeton University after conversations with renters and policymakers convinced him that collecting national data on eviction would help answer fundamental questions about residential instability, forced moves, and poverty in America. In 2018, The Eviction Lab published the first-ever national dataset of evictions in America, collecting millions of data points going back to 2000. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic devastation it brought to millions, the Eviction Lab has developed a series of resources to understand local responses to the increased insecurity for many of American's renting families, including a state-by-state COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard and an Eviction Tracking System. A New York Times Magazine contributing writer, Desmond is also the author of On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters; Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America (with Mustafa Emirbayer); and The Racial Order (also with Mustafa Emirbayer). In 2016 he was named to Politico Magazine's influential Politico 50 list. In 2018, he received the Stowe Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice, awarded by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to authors whose work shines a light on critical social issues.

Kevin C. Gillen, Ph.D. is an economist who holds positions as both a Senior Research Fellow with the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and an adjunct Professor of Finance at Drexel University.

With a background in urban economics, real estate finance, and public policy, Dr. Gillen's research and consulting practice is concentrated in applied work in the analysis of real estate developments and operation of real estate markets, including their fiscal, economic and financial implications. This work is deployed in advising both public and private sector entities on the costs/benefits of public policy options, as well as the design and implementation of local economic development strategies. His research on urban economic issues appears in numerous publications and is cited in various policy applications.

Deputy Mayor Anne Fadullon is the director of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). DPD works with communities to promote, plan, preserve, and develop successful neighborhoods for all. As the director, Anne has overseen the completion of Philadelphia's first Comprehensive Plan since 1960. Her department produced and is implementing a Housing Action Plan to create or preserve 100,000 homes over ten years. Anne worked with the Office of the Mayor, City Council, and advocates to identify $186 million in new funding for affordable housing. She has led the consolidation of three quasi-public agencies to create a full-service community development organization. Anne chairs the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority board.

Anne has 30 years of development experience in both the private and public sectors. She has developed affordable, mixed-income, market-rate, and mixed-use projects. Anne has a bachelor's degree in urban studies and economics from Lehigh University. She has a master's degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
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