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Jim DeFrancia, a principal and co-owner of Lowe Enterprises, speaks to a group Friday during the Welcome Home Steamboat housing forum at Citizen’s Hall. DeFrancia was addressing the audience as the noon time speaker and has worked as a developer in other mountain communities.

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Housing forum keynote speaker shares affordable project experience

The challenge of providing affordable or workforce housing isn’t unique to resort communities or Colorado, said James DeFrancia, the keynote speaker of Friday’s housing forum at Citizen’s Hall, but a smaller employment and tax base could mean greater struggles for a municipality the size of Steamboat Springs.

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