Cost Efficiency Summit

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the Cost Efficiency Summit is an all-day event January 19, 2018 in Portland, organized by Meyer Memorial Trust as part of its ongoing Affordable Housing Initiative and Cost Efficiences program. 

Location: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Union.

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Event description

from Meyer press release: 

"This month, Meyer will convene more than 150 leaders and experts in real estate development, finance, construction, design and policy to explore genuine opportunities to deliver more housing for less.

"The Cost Efficiency Summit will build on Meyer’s past engagement with these issues. In 2014 we convened a group of experts on real estate development, construction, design and finance, and issued a reportsummarizing more than a year of detailed explorations of the factors driving the cost of affordable housing development and possible ways to bring those costs down.

"The report illustrates that many cost-related challenges are out of our hands.  The price of land, the shortage of skilled labor, and the complexity of publicly funded projects set some parameters no one can ignore or work around. At the same time, there are some decisions that could be made differently, so long as we don’t lose sight of other important goals such as long-term durability, lifecycle costs and help for  tenants with low incomes or special needs.

"The discussion is not a simple one, but we hope to help create a larger shared framework to evaluate these tradeoffs. The summit is built around a series of wide-ranging but grounded conversations, focused on specific problem-solving strategies for getting the most out of our collective investment in affordable housing. We also look forward to sharing the progress so far (and lessons learned) from five pilot projects that Meyer has supported to test new approaches to lowering costs."


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