College of Visual & Performing Arts

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Underwriting Icicles and Leveraging Sidewalks

Date & Time: Thursday , 03/14/2013
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
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Location: New Bedford Whaling Museum [map it]*
Admission: Free!
Sponsored by: Art History Department - UMassD
Contact: Pamela Karimi
zkarimi@umassd.edu
508-999-6957
Description: Marc Norman is trained as an urban planner and has worked in the field of community development and finance for over 15 years. With degrees in Political Economics (UC Berkeley, B.A. 1989) and Urban Planning (UCLA, M.A. 1992) he has developed and financed over 2,000 units totaling more than $400 million in total development costs. He has worked for for-profit and non-profit organizations, committed to community development and affordable housing. He has taught courses on real estate and housing policy at the Syracuse School of Architecture. As Director of UPSTATE, he implements initiatives in collaboration with City, State and University partners.

For solutions to problems of urban disinvestment and decline, Marc Norman will discuss the need to develop new models that rely less on subsidies and that instead engage private-sector players and market motivations. Energy retrofits and smart growth are two examples of how finance in partnership with design can be used to address these problems and use leverage to bring capital to struggling cities. There are many more models being formulated and tested in Rust Belt cities, including initiatives for fresh food, business incubators, and educational facilities. The talk will discuss nascent and established initiatives bringing hope to long-neglected communities. Tying the right data sets and financial models to scalable and replicable initiatives we can tap into investment dollars to harness that capital for the revitalization of our communities.
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