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Friday, October 23 • 1:45pm - 2:10pm
Building Blocks for a Dynamic Neighborhood

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What makes a neighborhood complete? Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York plan proposes re-zoning neighborhoods to spur housing production and address the city’s affordability crisis—but housing is only one piece of the puzzle. A vibrant, engaged, and diverse neighborhood needs other forms of investment and development activity to ensure its dynamism. Civic spaces, infrastructure, commercial and retail spaces, arts, cultural, and educational institutions are all necessary components, and achieving good outcomes calls for a broad range of partnerships. What kind of policy leadership is needed and how can we effectively incentivize, cultivate, and finance neighborhood necessities?

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Sam Marks

Executive Director, LISC New York City
Sam Marks is executive director of LISC New York City. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national nonprofit organization that assists community development corporations as well as other private and public community development-oriented entities in their efforts to... Read More →
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Phillip Morrow

President and Chief Executive Officer, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
Phillip Morrow joined the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) as President/CEO in January 1996. In this role, he has spearheaded the development of SoBRO’s affordable housing portfolio, which in the last 18 years, led to the creation of more than 700 units... Read More →
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Tupper Thomas

Executive Director, New Yorkers for Parks
Tupper Thomas joined New Yorkers for Parks as Executive Director in February 2014. New Yorkers for Parks, a citywide independent organization, champions quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers. She retired in 2011 after 30 years as Founding President of the Prospect Park... Read More →
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Deputy Commissioner Edwin Torres

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Edwin Torres serves as Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York, serving under Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest local cultural funding agency in the U.S. Torres leads the agency’s work to integrate with... Read More →
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Maria Torres-Springer

President and Chief Executive Officer, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Maria Torres-Springer is the President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), leading NYCEDC’s efforts to make NYC the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the diversity of its people and businesses. Prior to her... Read More →

Friday October 23, 2015 1:45pm - 2:10pm PDT
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