Heartland Properties to Host Housing Solutions Workshop in Burlington

 
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Heartland Properties, Inc., an Alliant Energy company, is hosting a series of one-day seminars across Iowa to assist communities in addressing local housing issues. The next seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, at the historic Burlington Hotel in Burlington, Iowa.
The workshop will focus on current housing issues facing Iowa communities, including the role of housing in economic development, an overview of statewide programs to support housing initiatives, the experience of successful non-profit housing agencies, and initiating innovative land planning. The seminar will also feature examples of Iowa communities that have successfully addressed their housing issues, and what lessons they have for others.
"In Iowa today, having an adequate supply of affordable housing is a critical economic development issue," said Ruth Domack, president of Heartland Properties. "Housing supply, affordability and variety are essential not only for retaining and expanding a local business, but also are required for recruiting new sources of industry to an area. This workshop is designed to help local officials, developers, and housing professionals address these housing issues."
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Willis J. Goudy from Iowa State University. Professor Goudy will apply population and other census data to housing issues facing Iowa communities. The workshop is planned for communities of all sizes and will cover the planning process, resources available, and community success stories.
The luncheon speakers are Jean Eide of MetroPlains Development and Janet McCannon of the Burlington Apartments, who will review the rehabilitation of the Burlington Hotel. They will also lead a behind the scenes tour of this downtown landmark.
Previous workshops were held in Clear Lake and Newton. The final seminar is scheduled for June 3, 1999 in Dubuque. For additional information about each workshop site and a workshop brochure, contact Kris Severson at 608-259-7389 or 800-942-4522.
Alliant Energy is active in more than 1,000 communities in four states as provider of electricity, natural gas, steam energy and water. Heartland Properties Inc., is a sponsor of high-quality affordable housing for families in the Midwest. Since its founding in 1988, it has sponsored more than $300 million of real estate development in local communities, representing over 5,000 high-quality affordable apartment homes.

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