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Revitalizing Urban Centers: Pattern’s annual housing event returns Sept. 28

September 11, 2018 11:25 am

NEWBURGH — Pattern’s popular annual housing event returns on Sept. 28. For those in the region who work in housing, community development, local government, or are simply interested in these issues, the housing event is an essential opportunity to broaden your understanding of housing related issues. This year’s conference is entitled, “A Pathway for Urban Center Revitalization: Community Development, Health and Housing.”

“We are excited to be expanding the 2018 Housing Forum to facilitate a solutions-based approach that links housing with health and community and economic development. Our nationally known speakers will share best practices in revitalization techniques from across the country,” said Joe Czajka, a Senior Vice President at Pattern and the Director of the Center for Housing Solutions and Urban Initiatives.

Held at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in downtown Poughkeepsie, the event will feature several stimulating talks by leaders in housing policy and economic development. Featured speakers are:

Jason Bram of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York who will speak on “Trends of Urbanization”

Jessica Andors from Lawrence (MA) Community Works, who will discuss “Synergies of Housing & Economic Development”

Alan Mallach from the Center for Community Progress who will address “The Challenge of Revitalizing Small Cities”

Sarah Norman from NeighborWorks, who will talk about the “Intersection of Health & Community Development”

The event will also include a panel discussion moderated by Mike Oates, President & CEO of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. Panelists include Matt Rand from BHG Rand Realty, Joe Bonura from the Bonura Hospitality Group, Sue Gerry from the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, and Joe Apicella from MacQuesten Development.

“We’ve assembled an amazingly talented group of speakers, who will educate and inspire,” said Czajka, “you won’t want to miss this year’s event.”

Check in is at 8 a.m. and the program will run from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.Light morning refreshments and a full lunch will be served. For tickets and sponsorship information, contact Robin DeGroat at or register online at