Welcome to Your Hour with APA Virginia Chapter sponsored by The Berkley Group. This is a free webinar series happening the fourth Monday of each month from Noon - 1 p.m. and is currently open to everyone, members and non-members. Members can receive 1 CM credit for watching live. All webinars are recorded and posted to our YouTube channel within 24 hours.
Members can now also take advantage of On-Demand Education and watch past webinars for CM credits thru December 31, 2020. View the comment sections of each individual webinar for CM info.
Interested in presenting? Contact Paige Tate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Conversations for Collaboration
– Bridge Street Area Revitalization
Monday, January 27, 2020
Noon - 1 p.m.
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The 2018 Bridge Street Area Plan focuses on revitalization of the Town of Bedford Centertown core. Human-Centered Design exercises facilitated conversations to bridge divides across the community both physically and relationally. Using an EPA Brownfields grant, the project was directed by a citizen steering committee whose idea it was to start the conversations. The outcome is a plan of implementation that seeks to build the community from the inside out, to provide economic opportunity and quality of life for the downtown area and beyond.
Modernizing Parking Standards
Monday, February 24, 2020
Noon - 1 p.m.
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Like many cities, Alexandria’s zoning requirements for parking had not been comprehensively updated in over 50 years and did not account for actual parking demand given improved alternative transportation options. Nearly every new development that was proposed included a request for a reduction from the requirement, which made parking a central issue with each case. Meeting these out-of-date requirements was especially problematic for new affordable housing projects and small businesses.
This webinar will provide an overview of the process Alexandria used to update the residential and commercial parking standards. It will include a discussion of the public process used for each phase, the data that was collected as part of the process, the challenges experienced throughout the process, and the successes for each phase.
Katye North is the Division Chief of Mobility Services for the City of Alexandria, which is the team that oversees various mobility options in the City. This includes managing competing curbside uses including residential parking, metered parking, bikeshare, loading, and disability parking. The Mobility Services Division also includes the City’s transportation demand management program, GoAlex, and played a key role in preparing for the impacts of the summer 2019 Metro Platform Improvement Project that closed all Metro stations within the City. The Division also administers the City’s paratransit program.
Nathan Macek has been an active participant in Alexandria city government, working to create a more vibrant and livable city. He is Chair of the Alexandria Planning Commission and Vice Chair of the Alexandria Waterfront Commission. He previously served as chair of the city task force that recommended new parking standards for development projects, vice chair of the Old Town Area Parking Study work group, and chair of the Transportation Commission.
Melissa is Transportation Research and Site Plan Development Manager for Arlington County, Virginia’s Commuter Services Bureau. She oversees the conditions, design, and monitoring of transportation demand management in new development projects, as well as the County’s TDM research program housed in Mobility Lab TM . Melissa provides technical and managerial support for shared-use mobility and transportation performance measurement initiatives for the County.
The Basics of New Markets Tax Credits
Monday, March 23, 2020
Noon - 1 p.m.
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The NMTC program incentivizes private investment in low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in low-income communities. NMTC are a great tool to assist in funding large scale community development projects, but the complexities of deal structure often prove challenging. This presentation will introduce what the New Markets Tax Credit program is, how funds flow through a NMTC deal, identify the advantages of the leverage structure, and review much more content designed to educate project sponsors on using NMTC to help fund their community development projects.
Emma Wyatt is a Community Development Specialist for People Incorporated of Virginia, a Community Action Agency and Community Development Corporation headquartered in Abingdon, VA. In this role, she provides technical assistance and project development advisory services to businesses and community organizations undertaking transformative community development projects, specifically in regards to New Markets Tax Credits. Emma has a BS in Applied Economics, a BA in Public and Urban Affairs, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. Previously, Emma worked as the Town Planner in Culpeper, Virginia.
Bryan Phipps is Chief Development Officer for People Incorporated of Virginia, a Community Action Agency and Community Development Corporation headquartered in Abingdon, VA. He provides leadership and strategic direction for key capital growth projects, and supervises a variety of organizational, program, community economic development, affordable housing, public relations, and capital raising initiatives for People Inc and its affiliates. Bryan graduated with a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Virginia- Wise and has 21 years of experience working in non-profit development and management. Bryan received his Certified Community Action Professional designation from the Community Action Partnership in 2012.