H-GAC's Livable Centers Workshops provide resources, training and information to help communities and local governments enhance their quality of life. You can find information on upcoming workshops in various topic areas at the links below, as well as presentations and materials from past workshops.
Join us on Friday, September 29, for the Instant Impact Workshop to learn about lighter, quicker, less expensive ways to create more vibrant streets. The workshop begins at 9 a.m. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. at the White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine Drive, Houston.
Local and national experts will share Instant Impact strategies for temporary and cost-effective ways to enhance a plan and gain quick wins for your community. Following presentations, we invite you to explore Instant Impact displays to learn how they can be used for your next plan.
Workshop Topics & Speakers
H-GAC is excited to launch the Instant Impact Guide at this workshop, putting cutting-edge planning tools right in your hands. All workshops participants will take home a copy of the guide.
Participants at this half-day workshop learned how communities can create more walkable places by investing in sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities.
This half-day event offered a collaborative forum around topics related to the Livable Centers and Pedestrian/Bicyclist programs at H-GAC.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council hosted a three-part workshop series focused on how to attract private development for our Livable Centers Study Sponsors. Workshop 1 'Land/Property and Regulation/Permitting' was held on Friday, May 10, 2013 followed by 'Finance, Incentives and Value Added' on June 21st. A third workshop was held on September 7, 2013. Workshop presentations have been posted below.
Livable Centers Speed Dating Friday, September 27, 2013
Finance, Incentives and Value Added Friday, June 21, 2013
This workshop focuses on the financial side of development and funding mechanisms and concludes with a reality check.
Agenda Workshop Recording
The Competitive Edge: The Added Value of Livability Jeff Taebel, Houston-Galveston Area Council Amy Harbert, SWA Group
We Are Open for Business: Getting Public Infrastructure Right Rebecca Leonard, Design Workshop
Reality Check: Your Communities' Development Market Doug Childers, Morris Architects
Terra Firma: Land as an Incentive Todd LaRue, Robert Charles Lesser & Co.
The Basics – The Development Financing Process Bill Odle, Cobb, Fendley & Associates
The Role of Public Entities - Cities, Counties, 4A and 4B Corps and Special Districts Alan Mueller, Marsh-Darcy Partners
Non-Traditional Finance: CDFIs, CDCs and more Amanda Timm, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Land/Property and Regulation/Permitting May 10, 2013
Creating your development team, Land and Property, Regulations and Permitting.
What is the purpose of this workshop and what should you expect? Jeff Taebel, Houston-Galveston Area Council
The Livable Centers Coach Bill Odle, Cobb, Fendley & Associates
Just Do It: Case Study - Nassau Bay Town Center Sue Darcy, Marsh Darcy Partners
Property Acquisition, Assembly, and Partnerships Matt Stovall, Crosspoint Properties
Local project sponsors and interested parties discussed Livable Centers challenges and opportunities in a roundtable forum.