WHEDA Expects Record Attendance for 2007 Multifamily Housing Conference

Madison – The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) will host its annual multifamily housing conference at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall on November 27. The economic development authority expects this year’s “Building Blocks for a Better Wisconsin” conference to be its largest multifamily conference ever.


The conference, which addresses issues affecting the progress of multifamily developments throughout Wisconsin, promotes multifamily development as an opportunity to provide affordable housing to residents of many income levels, and as a driver of economic development for rural and urban communities.


“The surge in attendance we expect at this year’s conference speaks to how vital the multifamily housing market is to our state,” said WHEDA Executive Director Antonio Riley. “Affordable, quality rental homes are a place for families to grow. They house many of our senior citizens, and they help disabled individuals to pursue their independence. It’s a market that serves many citizens and fills many needs – so we’re glad to talk about it.”


The conference reflects the diversity of the multifamily market with breakout sessions and seminars on a host of issues affecting multifamily development, from the preservation of rural rental housing facilities and compliance and regulatory issues to special needs housing for the elderly and the homeless. Among the speakers and presenters are advocates for tenant groups with special needs, multifamily owners, and developers and lender organizations.


Riley will provide opening remarks at 8:30 a.m., and award-winning mountaineer Eric Alexander will deliver the keynote speech at 9 a.m. As a member of the Mt. Everest climbing team that set five world records for their successful ascent of the world’s highest mountain, Alexander will discuss how anyone can overcome great personal adversity to achieve success.


Attendees can register for WHEDA’s Building Blocks for Wisconsin conference online by visiting the registration page at www.wheda.com. Online registrations will be accepted through the evening of November 25th.


WHEDA is an independent state authority that works with lenders to provide low-cost financing for housing and small business development in Wisconsin.  For more information on WHEDA’s housing programs, call 1-800-334-6873 or visit WHEDA’s website www.wheda.com.