IOP logo Understanding the Potential of Land Banks in PA
Friday, June 7, 2013
University Club
123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
8:30 a.m. - noon

We hope you were able to attend our recent program on land banks. To access speaker PowerPoints, please click their names in the agenda below.


Welcome and Introductions by Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive, Allegheny County and Cochair, Institute of Politics Fiscal Policy & Governance Committee  

Land Banks and Land Banking 101 by Kim Graziani, Vice President, Capacity Building, Center for Community Progress, Washington, D.C.

National Land Bank Models

  • Maria Whyte, Erie County Commissioner, Department of Environment and Planning, New York
  • Gus Frangos, President and General Counsel, Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation, Ohio
  • Katie Sabo, Chief of Staff, Office of Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Cook County, Illinois

Open Discussion moderated by Kim Graziani

Land Bank Legislation: Overview of Act 153 of 2012 by Christopher C. Houston, Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Pennsylvania Land Bank Initiatives by Irene McLaughlin, Consultant, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania
Local Response Panel

  • Tracey Evans, Executive Director, Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation
  • Bethany E. Davidson, Deputy Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
  • Cassandra Collinge, Manager, Housing Development, Allegheny County Economic Development
  • An Lewis, Executive Director, Steel Valley Council of Governments

Open Discussion moderated by Kim Graziani

Closing Remarks by Fred Thieman, President, The Buhl Foundation and Cochair, Institute of Politics Fiscal Policy & Governance Committee

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