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Governor's housing conference planned for Tuesday in Baltimore

By Steve Kilar

The Baltimore Sun

8:00 AM EDT, October 15, 2012

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The 2012 Governor's Housing Conference, "an educational opportunity for leaders in the housing and community development field to come together and celebrate Maryland," is being held Tuesday at the Hilton Baltimore hotel.

The theme of this year's conference is "Restoring Communities Across Maryland."

The day-long event will focus on "the significant role a healthy housing market plays in generating jobs, stabilizing neighborhoods and helping families," according to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, one of the conference's organizers.

The conference is dominated by three, 75-minute concurrent sessions.

During each of the three periods, participants can choose to attend a panel relating to one of four topics: Strengthening Vibrant Communities, Homeownership Now, Rental Housing Financing and Advancing Green Initiatives.

Plus, there is an opening plenary session, a keynote address over lunch by Undersecretary for Domestic Finance for the U.S. Treasury Department Mary John Miller and an awards session -- with dessert -- at the end of the day.  

The Housing and Community Development Department, along with the Homebuilders Association of Maryland, have been hosting the conference for 11 years. The Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition has been a partner in the event for the past two years.

Registration for the conference is $100. Registration begins Tuesday at 7:30 a.m., with welcome remarks beginning at 8:30 a.m.

At 9 a.m., the first session begins. Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. Donna Edwards and Del. Steve Lafferty will start the day with an update on state and federal laws that influence housing. 

To learn more about the conference and see the complete agenda, visit: http://www.mdhousing.org/housingconference.

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