All-day housing event set for June 13 in Steamboat Springs

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— The city of Steamboat Springs, Routt County and the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors have organized a full day of speakers, panel discussions and Q&A sessions on the subject of “local and regional housing needs, challenges and opportunities,” according to a news release.

The "Welcome Home Steamboat" event starts at 8:30 a.m. June 13 at Citizen’s Hall, 124 10th St. in downtown Steamboat, and wraps up with a community strategy session from 1:50 to 4 p.m. A networking reception follows.

Those interested in attending can register for the free event at www.signupgenius.com, but space is limited to 100 people.

Clark Anderson, of The Sonoran Institute, and James M. DeFrancia, of Lowe Enterprises, will be the keynote speakers.

Anderson will address a report by The Sonoran Institute about the future of housing markets in the Rocky Mountain West, according to the release.

“Anderson will explore the influence of changing economic, demographic and consumer preference trends within the Rocky Mountain West's housing market,” the release states.

DeFrancia is the principal and co-owner of Lowe Enterprises, a national real estate development firm. He also is an in-demand speaker with the Urban Land Institute and was part of the ULI Technical Advisory Panel on Yampa Street improvements. A longtime Aspen resident, DeFrancia soon will reside full-time in Steamboat.

“DeFrancia will bring his lifetime career experience in Aspen housing and various other resort community housing solutions,” the release states.

Numerous other public officials and business people will participate in panel discussions throughout the day. The full schedule is available at the signup page.

“The City of Steamboat Springs believes that this is an opportune time to re-evaluate the whole topic of our local housing needs, opportunities and challenges in light of changing circumstances,” city of Steamboat Springs Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said in the release. “The City is looking forward to collaborating with all interested groups to define viable and fluid strategies for years to come. Many stakeholders have expressed interest in rethinking past approaches, and we are enthusiastic to have the opportunity to hear from other municipalities, architects and builders that have been a part of successful and long-standing programs.”

Topics for discussion include historic information, tools that work, market and economic conditions, cost of living, demographics, lending, land-use issues, infill opportunities, density zoning, sustainability, transportation and renting versus owning among others.

Everyone is invited to participate in the community strategic session and engage with housing experts from across the state and at a national level.

“The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors is pleased to be a co-organizer of this event and look forward to hearing from the other communities and sharing the concepts among our membership and with our clients,” Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors President Doug Labor said in the release. “This is an important topic that will always remain something we need to address during any economic cycle.”

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