Loudoun County

Location: Planning Commission Conference Room (3 rd Floor)
1 Harrison Street, S.E. Leesburg, VA 20175
Directions (courtesy of Google Maps)
Date: Wednesday April 19, 2006
Time: 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Briefing Focus: Employer Assisted Housing

Topics and Participants:

I. Moderator's Opening

Hon. Barbara Favola
Member, Arlington County Board
Chair, Washington Area Housing Partnership

II. Impacts and Trends

Laura Cole
Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Washington

Ms. Cole will present national and local growth trends and how they relate specifically to local governments and their need for workforce housing. Ms. Cole will provide an overview of the challenges that exist in outer ring suburbs when attempting to link density and affordability. Finally, Ms. Cole will explain the fiscal impacts local governments should be aware of when not taking steps to address the growing demand of workforce housing in their jurisdiction.

III. Involving the Private Sector (pdf)

Conrad Egan
Board Member, Washington Area Housing Partnership
President and CEO, National Housing Conference

Mr. Egan's presentation will focus on Employer Assisted Housing (EAH) and ways to involve the private sector, especially the business community. Mr. Egan will provide a general overview of Employer Assisted Housing and explain concerns jurisdictions should consider when creating an EAH program. He will also present examples of the private sector's support of Housing Trust Funds.

IV. Fairfax County's Magnet Program

Elisa Johnson
Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development

Ms. Johnson will describe Fairfax County 's Magnet program by explaining how it is operated and what attributes have made the program successful. Ms. Johnson will speak about the program's strengths and weaknesses while highlighting specific concerns local governments should consider when creating such a program to address the County's workforce needs. The Magnet Pilot Program was created to address Fairfax County 's workforce housing needs. The program provides short-term, affordable housing to residents participating in an employer sponsored training program. The program includes a partnership with the County's Fire and Rescue Department.