ROI To Launch 6-Part Indiana Uplands Housing Webinar Series

(UNDATED) – Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI), is bringing together housing developers and builders, economic development entities, government officials, landowners, lenders, and financial institutions, and nonprofits to discuss the future of housing in the 11 counties of the Indiana Uplands.

In this 6-part webinar series beginning September 9, ROI and special guest presenters will explore workforce housing challenges, needs, and strategies for advancing housing opportunities in the Indiana Uplands.

All sessions are FREE to attend.

Why To Attend:

  • Learn the results of the Indiana Uplands Housing Study. The study identifies regional housing challenges and opportunities while providing a road map to meet current and future housing needs.
  • Gain insights from regional employers on how the region’s housing relates to workforce attraction and prosperity in the Indiana Uplands. Hear stories of successful single-family and multi-family projects happening right now in the Indiana Uplands.
  • Explore creative financing options and incentives that are available for new home construction, or to address home repairs, infill development, and distressed/blighted home removal.
  • Discover how cities and counties are addressing land use issues, permitting, and other infrastructure needs.

Detailed Webinar Schedule:

Wednesday, September 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. EST
Indiana Uplands Housing Study & Single-family Housing

The Indiana Uplands region is projected to need 7,510 single-family units by 2030. In this session, we will share highlights from the Housing Study and dig into the challenges and opportunities for single-family housing. You will also learn how Huntingburg has leveraged public-private partnerships to create new workforce housing projects.

Presenters: Tina Peterson (ROI President and CEO), Denny Spinner (Mayor of Huntingburg) and Jane Hendrickson (Boxer Girl, LLC)

Wednesday, September 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m. EST:
Medium Density & In-fill Housing

The National Association of REALTORS® Community Preference Survey (2017) shows that Millennials and Gen Xers are much more likely to prioritize walkability and a short commute to work. In this session, we will highlight communities that are taking advantage of vacant lots and redevelopment opportunities close to community centers.

Presenters: Mike Sudol (President of Trillium Woods, LLC) and Julie Collier (Flaherty & Collins Properties)

Wednesday, September 23, 8:30-11:30 a.m. EST
Multi-Family Housing

The Uplands is projected to need 5,921 rental units by 2030 to meet future workforce needs and help our industries grow their businesses. In this session, we will discuss challenges with rental housing units in the Indiana Uplands and explore exciting multi-housing projects underway in rural communities.

Presenters: Chuck Heintzelman (Principal of Milestone Ventures) and JB Curry (Vice President of Market Rate Development for TWG Development)

Tuesday, October 6, 9:00-11:00 a.m. EST
Hoosier Housing Ready Toolkit

Developed by the IU Center for Rural Engagement, the Hoosier Housing Ready Toolkit is a step-by-step guide helps communities explore and determine the paths to meet or grow their housing stock. In this session, you will learn how to assess your community’s readiness for housing,
determine the cost and benefit of new housing units, and plan for next steps.

Presenters: Kerry Thomson (Executive Director of IU CRE), Janet Rummel (IU CRE), and Justin Ross (IU O’Neill School Associate Professor)

Wednesday, October 21, 9:00-11:00 a.m. EST
Financing for Housing Development

In this session, we will explore what lenders look for in housing development finance packages and how developers can find appropriate financing.

Presenters: Eric Baird (Vice President of Commercial Banking of Owen County State Bank), Brian Payne (CDFI Friendly Bloomington), and Steve LaMotte (CBRE)

Wednesday, October 28, 9:00-11:00 a.m. EST
Housing Quality

In this session, you will learn how communities are removing blighted and dilapidated properties to improve the quality of their housing stock.
Presenters: To Be Announced

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About the Indiana Uplands Housing Study

In 2019, ROI worked with the 11 counties in the region and RDG Planning & Design to develop a regional housing strategy for the Indiana Uplands. Released in October 2019, the Indiana Uplands Housing Study helps identify workforce housing needs and strategies for advancing housing opportunities for the 11-counties of the Indiana Uplands. Input on the region’s housing market was gathered through a variety of techniques, including data sources, stakeholder focus groups, and market surveys. Information was then synthesized to formulate a final housing report outlining strategic housing resources, issues, and opportunities on a regional and county level. To see the full Indiana Uplands Housing Study, click here.

About Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc.

The mission of Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) is to advance economic and community prosperity in the 11 counties of the Indiana Uplands (Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, and Washington counties). ROI is implementing
education, workforce, and quality of place initiatives across the Uplands region. More information can be found at