Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sun Valley to host housing forum

Authorities from across the country to speak


By AMY BUSEK
Express Staff Writer

    The Bipartisan Policy Center is hosting a regional housing forum at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge in Sun Valley from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21.
    Carol Galante and Henry Cisneros, affiliated with the federal Housing and Urban Development Agency, will speak, as well as U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch, of Idaho. A variety of banking and housing figureheads both locally and nationally will present throughout the day. Items on the agenda are regional housing issues, housing finance reform, affordable housing, community lending and the role of small banks and innovations in rural housing.
    The Bipartisan Policy Center, or BPC, is a relatively young organization advocating and facilitating solution-based dialogue through analysis and negotiation, according to its website. The BPC is based in Washington, D.C.
    “The main goal is to go around the country and hear how regions are being affected by issues in housing and housing finance reform, as well as community lending,” said BPC press secretary Rosemarie Calabro Tully.
    She said the Sun Valley meeting will focus on rural housing.
    The meetings have taken place across the country, Calabro Tully said, in an effort to showcase the regional diversity in different urban and rural locations. Between 2012 and 2013, the BPC held forums in California, Ohio, Texas, New York,  Maine, Missouri and Florida.
    Originally planned for 2013, the Sun Valley event was postponed due to the Beaver Creek Fire last summer, Calabro Tully said.
    The Thursday event will also be webcast online on the BPC’s website. The schedule of the event and details on the lectures can be found on the BPC website.
    The event is open to the public.
Amy Busek: abusek@mtexpress.com




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