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Workforce housingThis afternoon I will join several of my Council colleagues at a Workforce Housing Forum here in City Hall. Affordable housing will continue to be one of the City's major challenges in the coming years and this forum gives us an opportunity to learn how other cities are aggressively tackling this challenge.

Based on the RSVP count, we are expecting quite a crowd. If you aren't able to make it downtown, the Seattle Channel will be there recording some of the presentations.

Here is a more detailed agenda. Below are links to the presentation materials for the day.

1. Workforce Housing Background and Needs 

DISCUSSION (105 minutes, until 1:45 p.m.) 

Presenters: Kurt Creager and Paul Peninger, Otak Inc.; Rick Jacobus, Cornerstone Partnership; Ketil Freeman, Council Central Staff 

Supporting Documents:
a. City of Seattle Housing Needs Data
b. Incentive Zoning Presentation (Cornerstone)
c. Draft Benchmarking and Best Practice Report (Otak Inc.) 
d. Speaker Bios
e. Seattle Cornerstone Report
f. Otak Presentation 

2a. Panel Discussion: Best Practices for Incentive Zoning 

DISCUSSION (60 minutes, 2:00-4:00pm, including public comment) 

Presenters: Rick Jacobus, Cornerstone Partnership; Robin Kniech, City Council Member, Denver, CO; Sandy Council, City of San Mateo, CA; Brenda Clement, Citizens Housing and Planning Association, MA; Robert Hickey, Center for Housing Policy/National Housing Conference; Marc Babsin, Emerald Fund 

Supporting Documents:
a. City of Denver Presentation
b. Citizens Housing and Planning Association Presentation
c. Center for Housing Policy Presentation

2b. Panel Discussion: New Strategies for Workforce Housing 

DISCUSSION (120 minutes, 2:00-4:00 p.m., including public comment) 

Presenters: Paul Peninger and Kurt Creager, Otak Inc; Thomas Streitz, City of Minneapolis, MN; Bena Chang, Silic on Valley Leadership Group; Aaron Miripol, Denver Urban Land Conservancy 

Supporting documents:
a. City of Minneapolis Presentation 
b. Urban Land Conservancy Presentation 
c. Silicon Valley Leadership Group Presentation 
d. Speaker Bios