Weighing the Future of Buyouts
You'll learn about:
- Insights into the structure and function of buyout programs, including their social and economic impact
- How and where to use buyout programs in flood-prone communities
- What improvements can be made to buyout programs for program managers, municipal leaders and planners, and residents alike.
As more of our communities face rising seas and severe flooding along our shorelines, the case for adaptation to climate change is clearer than ever. Buyout programs will serve as an increasingly utilized adaptation tool and one that planners across the country will need to better understand. They will also need to be improved. Regional Plan Association in partnership with Lincoln Institute for Land Policy will be releasing its year-long study of buyout programs in the NYC Metropolitan Region in September 2016. The report includes a broad set of recommendations for improving buyout programs, case studies from around the region, along with a fiscal analysis of how buyouts impact a town's bottom line over the long run. This panel will serve as a forum to discuss the report's set of recommendations and will bring to life a few of the case studies through the perspective of a local mayor, a county economic development director and the manager of the a state buyout program. Participants will gain keen insights into the structure and function of buyout programs, how they work, how they can be used, and most importantly, how they can be improved.
, County of Passaic
Confirmed SpeakerDeborah Hoffman is currently the Director of the Division of Economic Development, Department of Planning and Economic Development for the County of Passaic. In this role she provides direct technical support and assistance to companies seeking to relocate to or expand in the County of Passaic. Since 2000, Ms. Hoffman has facilitated and secured over $1.6 billion in financing and incentives for Passaic County companies; held 84 business seminars and secured grants totaling $21,557,429. In addition, Ms. Hoffman has developed a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the County, promoted the redevelopment of brownfield sites through a $400,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency and is responsible for the activities of the Passaic County Brownfields Commission. Ms. Hoffman is also responsible for the activities of the Passaic County Film Commission. The 12th annual Film Festival was held on April 23, 2016. Ms. Hoffman also manages the Passaic County Community Development Block Grant Program and the $11.8 million Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program. Ms. Hoffman possesses a Masters in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. She was president of the Economic Development Association of New Jersey in 2005; and is currently Vice President of Downtown New Jersey; treasurer of Memorial Day Nursery, a member of the board of the Regional Plan Association of New Jersey, the Passaic County Community College Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board of Paterson Habitat for Humanity.
, Regional Plan Association
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerRobert Freudenberg is director of RPA's energy and environmental programs, leading the organization’s initiatives in areas including climate mitigation and adaptation, open space conservation and park development, and water resource management. He oversees a comprehensive program of projects and policies to improve public health, quality of life, sustainable development and climate resilience in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. Rob works closely with other RPA staff to integrate these objectives with RPA's economic, transportation, land use, design and community development initiatives. Rob has been with RPA since 2006 and most recently served as New Jersey director, where he managed the state program with a focus on sustainability planning and policy. He led projects including developing an arts and revitalization plan for Paterson and a neighborhood revitalization plan for East Camden; producing an economic and land use study for a future bus rapid transit corridor in Union County; advancing regenerative design efforts in the New Jersey Highlands; and facilitating land use and urban design recommendations and leading local demonstration projects for the 13-county Together North Jersey effort. Prior to joining RPA, Rob served as a coastal management fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he focused on policies for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Rob holds a master’s of public administration in environmental science and policy from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s in environmental biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
, Director of New York Rising Buyout Program
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerAs Director of the NY Rising Buyout and Acquisition Program for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Office of Storm Recovery, Rachel Wieder plays an integral role in managing the State's efforts to increase the resiliency of its housing stock. Ms. Wieder oversees the purchase of hundreds of homes in dozens of coastal and riverine communities. Previously, Ms. Wieder has worked at the European Parliament in Bussels, Belgium, and the City and County of San Francisco's Department of Environment. She has a Bachelors degree in a Environmental Policy from San Francisco State University and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from New York University. Since Superstorm Sandy hit the Tri-State region in 2012, Ms. Wieder has dedicated her work towards recovery and resiliency. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.
, former Mayor of Mastic Beach, New York
, Mastic Beach
, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NJ Blue Acres Program