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Conference keynote video online

You can watch Michelle Kennedy's keynote address from Nov. 18's Vermont Statewide Housing Conference here:

Michelle lives in Chelsea, Vt., and is the author of a number of books about parenting, including "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America," which details her time as a homeless mother of three.

Conference survey results

We've just finished tabulating the results of the attendee surveys we received at the end of last week's Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

The 180 people responding to the survey, just less than half of those who attended, gave the event an overall score of 4/5 stars.

Conference materials online

In the week since we distributed log-in credentials to attendees of the Nov. 18 Statewide Housing Conference, approximately 100 people have logged onto the site to access the attendees database and download presentation files.

The "members-only" area of the conference site contains nearly 180 MB of PowerPoint presentation files, as well as some online-only PDFs provided by conference speakers.

VHFA honors Andy Gurley

andy gurley & sarah carpenterVHFA honored Andy Gurley, recently-retired from UBS, for his decades of work with the Agency.

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter spoke about Andy's long history with the Agency at the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, held last Tuesday.

Vermont Community Leadership Awards given

Robert McBride (center, right) and Richard Ewald (center, left) received the 2008 Vermont Community Leadership Award from the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).

Melinda Bussino receives Housing Hero award

sarah carpenter & melinda bussinoMelinda Bussino (right), Executive Director of the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center, has received the Housing Hero award.

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter presented Melinda with the award at the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference held last Tuesday.

Conference photos online

martha panton and renee coutureWe've placed 65 photos from yesterday's Vermont Statewide Housing Conference online.

You can see them on the conference Web site.

Conference wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Vermont Statewide Housing Conference yesterday.

We had a huge turnout — despite some early morning weather-related commuting challenges! — and a great day.

We're still crunching numbers, but it looks like we had approximately 450 people in attendance.

Conference kicks off tomorrow

Months of planning are coming to an end, and we're just a day away from the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Our first session starts at 9 a.m.

We've placed directions to the Sheraton and floormaps of the venue on our Web site.

Conference speaker spotlight: Dona Bate

This is the latest of several quick bios we'll blog of speakers scheduled to appear at the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, Nov. 18 in South Burlington.

Read about other speakers scheduled to present at the conference Web site.


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