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From Zombies & Vacants to Sustainable Housing: Building Resilient Communities

2019 CaRDI Community Development Institute
October 23 - 24, 401 Warren Hall, Cornell University

This year we are honored to be partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Rust2Green, and Cornell University's Office of Engagement Initiatives.

2019 CDI Sponsor Logos

(Click the links below to view videos. Click the presenter name to view presentation slides.)

DAY 1 - Wednesday October 23, 2019

9:30-9:40 Welcome & Opening Remarks [Opening Remarks Video]
Robin Blakely-Armitage
Program Manager & Senior Extension Associate, CaRDI, Cornell University

Greetings from Attorney General Tish James
Introduced by:
Meghan Faux, Chief Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice, Office of the Attorney General
Kerri White, Special Assistant for Housing & Community Development, office of the Attorney General

9:50-10:00 Setting the Stage
Helene Caloir
Director, LISC - New York State Housing Stabilization Fund

The View at 30,000 Feet - Demographic, Policy & Practice Challenges [The View at 30,000 Feet Session Videos]
Daniel Lichter
Professor, Policy Analysis & Management, Cornell University

Wade Beltramo
General Counsel, New York Conference of Mayors

Aaron Bartley
Executive Director, PUSH Buffalo


Structural and Spatial Inequalities [Structural and Spatial Inequalities Session Video]
Keynote Presenter:
Mehrsa Baradaran
Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine
Author, Jim Crow Credit, and The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap

In Coversation with:
Jamila Michener
Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University
Author, Gentrification, Demobilization and Participatory Possibilities and Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics

Facilitated by:
Joe Marguilies
Professor of Law and Government, Cornell University
Author, What Changed When Everything Changed: September 11 and the Making of National Identity

12:15-1:00 Lunch Sponsored by Tolemi (BuildingBlocks Data Analysis Platform)

Impacts on Economic Revitalization - Trends, Strategies & Resources* [Impacts on Economic Revitalization Session Videos]
Jill Casey
Senior Community Planning & Development Representative
Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator, US HUD, Buffalo

Russell Weaver
Economic Geographer, School of Industrial and Labor Relations Buffalo Co-Lab, Cornell University

Betsey Hale
President, Three Rivers Development Corporation and Foundation Member, Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council

Jennifer Herrick
Executive Director, Elmira Downtown Development, Inc.

*special thanks to session organizer David Hunter, Senior Program Officer, LISC


Impacts on Community Health & Well-Being [Impacts on Community Health & Well-Being Session Videos]
J. Caroline Williams
Project Manager for Strategic Initiatives at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties

Nancy Wells
Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University

Katrina Smith Korfmacher
Director, Community Engagement Core, Environmental Health Sciences Center & Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center

Samantha Hillson
Director of Health Promotion, Tompkins County Health Department


Impacts on Community Crime and Safety* [Impacts on Community Crime and Safety Session Videos]
Moderator & Presenter:
Matt Perkins
Senior Program Officer, LISC National Safety and Justice Program

Captain Henry Remolina
Captain, Providence, Rhode Island Police Department

Alejandro Gimenez-Santana
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, and Director, Newark Public Safety Collaborative

*special thanks to session organizer John Connolly, Program Officer, LISC

5:30-6:30 Reception Sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Moakley House, Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University

Dinner Sponsored by Cornell University’s Office of Engagement Initiatives, with a welcome from Basil Safi, OEI Executive Director
Moakley House, Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University

DAY 2 – Thursday October 24, 2019


From Zombies & Vacants to Sustainable Housing:
Issues, Strategies & Resources  [From Zombies & Vacants Session Videos]

Helene Caloir
Director, LISC - New York State Housing Stabilization Fund

Dina Levy
Senior Vice President of Single Family and Community Development, New York State Housing & Community Renewal

Stephanie Pasquale
Commissioner, Department of Neighborhoods & Business Development, City of Syracuse

Jason Knight
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, SUNY Buffalo State


Climate Change Impacts on Housing & Community Resiliency  [Climate Change Impacts Session Videos]
David Kay
Sr. Extension Assoc., CaRDI, Development Sociology, Cornell University

Sam Magavern
Senior Policy Fellow, Partnership for the Public Good

Suzanne Barclay
Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Rockland County

Jane Brogan
Chief Policy & Research Officer, NYS Governor's Office of Storm Recovery

Jamie Vanucchi
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, Cornell University


Lunch  [Lunch Presentation Video]

Michael Saminsky
Data Engineer, Tolemi (BuildingBlocks Data Analysis Platform)
Sam Wells
Neighborhood Stabilization Coordinator, City of Albany


Nonprofit, Land Bank and Municipality Success Stories  [Nonprofit, Land Bank and Municipality Success Stories Session Videos]
Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman
Senior Extension Associate, CaRDI, Development Sociology, Cornell University

Dhyana Kuhl Gonzalez
NYS Partnership Liaison, Office of Engagement Initiatives, Cornell University

Christine Marino
Department of Community Development, City of Niagara Falls

Diane Shoemaker
Development Specialist, Rust to Green Utica

Juliet Berling
Director of Planning, Housing & Community Development, Binghamton

Gina Paradis
Executive Director, Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation

Barbara Nelson
Executive Director, Troy Architecture Practice (TAP), Inc.


Action Roundtables  [Action Roundtables Video]

  • Make the most of your experience at the Community Development Institute!
  • Do you have a community revitalization-related research, policy, or practice idea you want to advance?
  • Propose a project and brainstorm with presenters and other participants to identify action steps needed to propel project ideas forward.
  • Potential funding opportunities, partnerships and other resources will also be identified.
3:30-4:00 CDI Wrap Up & Adjourn