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Below are session descriptions for the 2018 Ohio Land Bank Conference (as of 7/24/2018). This page will be updated as sessions are added.

 

Alternative Acquisition Strategies: Beyond Board of Revision
Frank Ford
Board of Revision tax foreclosure on vacant property is the primary way that land banks in Ohio acquire distressed property and redirect it to a beneficial outcome. But there are cases where it’s strategically desirable to be proactive and acquire a property that is not yet certified delinquent. Or, the property may be delinquent but there is a need to move more quickly to prevent deterioration, or to facilitate strategic land assembly for a large development project. This session will explore alternative approaches, such as using Ohio’s vacant property receivership statute, and acquiring distressed liens or properties directly from financial institutions. The session will include a discussion of the National Community Stabilization Trust, a program that facilitates transfers of foreclosed property from banks to community development organizations.

Beyond Blades of Grass: A Comprehensive Approach to Greening
Deb Flora, Matt Martin, Isaac Robb, Lilah Zautner
Greening is about more than landscaping on vacant lots—it’s about creating long-term community assets. Drawing upon examples from multiple Ohio communities, panelists will explore the components of a comprehensive approach to greening. They will discuss specific projects ranging from side lot expansions, community spaces, tree plantings, and stormwater infrastructure leave-behinds. All examples promote the importance of stakeholder-led design and decision-making. This session relies heavily on audience participation, so please come prepared with specific questions and concerns that you have relating to greening vacant lots.

Comprehensive Neighborhood Revitalization in Franklin County
John Collier, Jon Turner, Curtiss Williams
Since 2012, the City of Columbus and the Franklin County land bank authority (COCIC) have worked together, and with community partners, to address the various components of neighborhood decline. Through the Moving Ohio Forward, the Neighborhood Initiative Program, and their DTAC funding, this land banking partnership has plugged into comprehensive neighborhood revitalization efforts.
This panel will discuss how COCIC and the City of Columbus have developed innovative programs that address all aspects of neighborhood revitalization and how they have formed partnerships with place-based partners.

Expediting Foreclosures Using the Board of Revision
Gus Frangos, Suzanne Mandros

Field Servicing Land Bank Properties
Dennis Roberts

Get ALL the Work Done: Comprehensive Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies
Ian Beniston, Tiffany Sokol
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation collaborates with the Mahoning County Land Bank and many other partners to comprehensively address neighborhood conditions in Youngstown. YNDC will present several of the neighborhood revitalization strategies utilized by the partners and discuss how deploying multiple strategies in tandem as part of a comprehensive neighborhood action plan impacts market conditions and overall neighborhood health, as well as provide a case study from their recent work in one action area.

Historic Restoration and Stabilization
Kathleen Crowther, Jessica Powell
Add mothballing of historic properties to your toolkit! The unique buildings of your community can be safeguarded now to support future plans for authentic place-making and community building. This session will help you recognize historic structures and share best-practices to safely stabilize them. Session presenters include members of the Cleveland Restoration Society, a leading non-profit historic preservation organization, and Coon Restoration and Sealants, a private company supporting their work. Representatives from Hamilton County Land Bank will illustrate its work in mothballing historic structures in the West End neighborhood, a successful effort that is attracting private investment.

Land Bank 101
David Mann, Josh Murnen
County Land Banks 101 is designed to introduce new, newer, and future land banks to issues related to governance, property acquisition, property disposition, revenue and budgeting, human resources, Neighborhood Initiative Program compliance, and community engagement for county land reutilization corporations from the perspective of the Lucas County Land Bank, based in Toledo, Ohio and Ohio's second oldest operating land reutilization corporation. The session will be focused on support for new and emerging land banks in Ohio, but will be beneficial for Ohio land banks at any stage of development. Robust Q&A will be encouraged during and after speaker presentations

Land Banks and Code Enforcement
Frank Ford
Housing and Building Code Enforcement has traditionally been a community’s first line of defense against housing deterioration and devaluation. In many communities the fallout from the foreclosure crisis led to abandonment and blight that was beyond what anyone could have imagined 20 years ago, and beyond the resources of communities to deal with it. Land Banks have given communities a powerful new tool, and resources, to combat blight that undermines homeowner equity and housing market stabilization. But land banks can’t address every troubled property. This session will explore the opportunities for land banks to collaborate with their local housing code enforcement partners, and will highlight some of the best examples of how communities around the state are creatively employing their code enforcement systems to restore housing markets.

Land Banks and the Eight Strategies for Revitalization
Shawn Carvin, John Collier, Mayor Tom Johnson, Matt Martin
In 2017, in conjunction with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Greater Ohio Policy Center released “Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities”, which looked at the trends and conditions of 24 smaller legacy cities across the Midwest and Northeast. The report also outlined eight strategies for successful revitalization in these smaller cities. In 2018, GOPC and the Lincoln Institute followed up with the Smaller Legacy City Toolkit – an online resource to help bridge the gap between high-level strategies and on-the-ground tactics by compiling resources that can help guide practitioners in making change in their own communities. Land banks in Ohio can be a leader in the comprehensive efforts that are necessary in order to reverse downward trajectories in Ohio’s cities and metropolitan regions.

Land Banks Working with Land Conservancies
Alex Czayka, Joe Leslie, Andy McDowell, Brett Rodstrom
Western Reserve Land Conservancy is the largest land trust in Ohio and noted as one of the top in the country given its work to provide the people across diverse landscapes with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. In addition to the critical work of its Thriving Communities program, Western Reserve Land Conservancy permanently conserves vibrant natural areas as well as working farms and forests. To date, the Land Conservancy has worked with public and private landowners to permanently protect 715 properties totaling more than 53,000 acres. Drawing upon years of experience in land acquisition, conservation, and restoration, as well as complex real estate transactions, this plenary session will provide insight on ways land conservation organizations and land banks can work together to help communities thrive.

Legislation & Legal Issues for Land Banks
Gus Frangos
Housing and Building Code Enforcement has traditionally been a community’s first line of defense against housing deterioration and devaluation. In many communities the fallout from the foreclosure crisis led to abandonment and blight that was beyond what anyone could have imagined 20 years ago, and beyond the resources of communities to deal with it. Land Banks have given communities a powerful new tool, and resources, to combat blight that undermines homeowner equity and housing market stabilization. But land banks can’t address every troubled property. This session will explore the opportunities for land banks to collaborate with their local housing code enforcement partners, and will highlight some of the best examples of how communities around the state are creatively employing their code enforcement systems to restore housing markets.

Leveraging the Tools of the Landbank to Support Affordable Rehabs & Homesteading
Stephanie Moes, Jessica Powell, Deborah Robb
This panel will cover 2 CDC's unique approaches to affordable homesteading. Stephanie Moes is an attorney at Cincinnati Legal Aid who represents Price Hill Will (PHW), a CDC that runs a homesteading program that provides access to homeownership to families that would otherwise be unable to purchase a home. Deborah Robb is the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority’s director of the Homesteading and Urban Redevelopment Corporation (HURC), which is focused on community housing improvement & in particular, the renovation of homes in low & moderate-income areas. Both PHW & the HURC work with the Landbank to repurpose vacant homes for affordable reuse.

Lobbying 101 and Beyond
Josh Rubin
Land banks have limited financial capacity but are asked to deal with some of the most serious – and costly – problems in the county. Through the Moving Ohio Forward program and the Hardest Hit Fund program substantial resources have been raised - but those monies are almost all spent. Josh Rubin has worked in government and as a lobbyist at the state and federal level. He played a critical role in helping obtain the Hardest Hit Funds for Ohio County Land banks. He will talk to us about his work, the changed and changing political landscape and how we can work together to obtain more resources from Columbus and Washington.

Ohio Land Bank Association
Curtiss Williams, David Mann, Shawn Carvin
Presentation and Q&A regarding the governance, role, dues and other aspects of the Ohio County Land Bank Association.

Partner Organizations Managing County Land Banks – Does It Work?
Stacy Adam, Shawn Carvin
Land banks are most effective when they have established good working relationships with local governments, agencies and non-profits. What happens when land banks are managed by these agencies? This panel discussion will cover the positive and negative (if any) aspects of land banks managed by a regional planning agency, an economic development corporation and a community development agency.

Pop Up Projects for Vacant Properties
Terry Schwarz
Temporary events bring empty buildings and vacant sites to life, while helping people envision future development alternatives. This session will showcase temporary projects for vacant houses and commercial storefronts. It will also include temporary projects for vacant land and underutilized infrastructure, and and offer guidance about how to design, fund, and implement a pop up project in your community.

Sunshine Law for Land Banks
Jacqui Knettel, Sarah Norman
Paper management! Public records requests! Open meeting requirements! --all exhilarating and profound topics for land banking organizations! You have to deal with it, so come get your free “sunshine law” toolbox from us. This presentation will not be boring!

Universities as a Land Bank Resource
Ethan Harris, Mike McNamara, Isaac Robb, Michael Schramm
County land banks need to use all available resources to further their mission. Local colleges and universities can be excellent partners in a multitude of ways. This session details how several universities have enhanced the work of county land banks. Participants should come away from this session with ideas on how they can engage their local college or university in reducing blight and revitalizing the community.

 

8th Annual Ohio Land Bank Conference Networking Reception: Special thanks to COCIC – Franklin County Land Bank for sponsoring the 8th Annual Ohio Land Bank Conference Networking Reception at Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar (401 N. Front Street, Columbus OH 43215) from 6 to 10 PM on Tuesday, October 23. Questions? Please contact Melissa D. Coleman at 614.724.4937

Thanks to our 2018 Ohio Land Bank Conference Sponsors

Western Reserve Land Conservancy works to transform some of the areas hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis by revitalizing and restoring safe, green, vibrant communities. These efforts include our work to support county land banks. Learn more by visiting our website.