PACDC Calendar

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Contemporary Living in a Historic Environment: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Housing in Philadelphia

Please plan to join the Housing Committee as we, along with the AIA's Historic Preservation Committee, host our Third Annual Housing Event, "Contemporary Living in a Historic Environment: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Housing in Philadelphia." This forum will investigate the challenges and opportunities of rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic properties to residential use. Paul Steinke, Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, will moderate our discussion. Joining Paul will be: - David Waxman, Developer, MMPartners, LLC; - Robert Thomas, Architect, Campbell Thomas & Co.; - Brad Copeland, Executive Director, Mt. Airy USA Topics to be covered include: - Rehabilitation of Abandoned Structures - Steps to Transformation - Historic Tax Credits & Facade Easements - Aging Envelopes - Vision for the Futgure The event will be followed by a reception and continued discussion. AIA members will receive 1.5 AIA CES LUs (HSW) Continuing Education Credits. 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Registration & Light Refreshments 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Presentations & Panel Discussion 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Reception
Event Cost:
-$5 Students -$10 Members -$15 Non-Members

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 09:00 AM through April 25, 2018
PACDC in Philadelphia, PA

Not for Profit Leadership Track

THIS EVENT IS A WEBINAR. Please access the event remotely. The Social Innovations Journal believes that the potential for good ideas to inspire more good ideas cannot be underestimated, and thus we serve as a platform to highlight regional innovations and enterprises across the country to catalyze the process of inspiration, leading to improved social services and products. Philadelphia, the birthplace of Democracy in America, has a strong tradition of supporting innovation and independence. Beginning with the printing of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, which encouraged colonists to explore the inner workings of a society, and continuing today in the efforts of countless local leaders who uphold Paine’s legacy of questioning the status quo and insisting on near-constant evolution and improvement. Yet, the value that these individuals and their organizations bring to local communities and regions across the nation is often, to our collective societal detriment, overlooked. Completion of 5 training in the not-for-profit leadership track include a not for profit leadership certification. For more information, visit  

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM
PACDC in Philadelphia, PA

Webinar- Local Ordinances: The Building Blocks of Code Enforcement

THIS EVENT IS A WEBINAR. Please access the event remotely. A code enforcement department is only as good as the regulatory tools it has on the books and the systems that are in place to use those tools. Many ordinances have been on the books for years and do not reflect up-to-date state law. Others may or may not be appropriate for current neighborhood conditions. In other cases, the ordinances on the books are well-crafted, but aren’t wielded as strategically as they could be. It isn’t always clear how to analyze the existing regulatory framework or where to look for best practices to implement. This webinar is an opportunity to take a step back and explore what makes a code enforcement ordinance equitable, efficient, and effective. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the components of effective and ineffective local code enforcement ordinances and explore examples from other cities of ordinances that work well and those that haven’t. At the end of this webinar, participants will be better equipped to undertake an analysis of their own local ordinances, with a clearer sense of what best practices to consider in shaping (or re-shaping) their regulatory framework. Instructor: Matthew Kreis, Assistant General Counsel, Center for Community Progress   Register Here

Friday, April 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Webinar: Is This Property a Good Candidate for Conservatorship?

Hosted by the Housing Alliance Register Here

Monday, April 30, 2018 at 05:00 AM through June 05, 2018
1776, Curtis Center in Philadelphia, PA

Tech in the Commons 2018

Tech in the Commons returns to offer nonprofits training opportunities in audience engagement. Recognizing a need to help place-based nonprofits better engage their communities, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal and social impact news organization are bringing back Tech in the Commons for a second year. The event and reporting bootcamp series aimed at introducing mission orgs to best practices in better connecting with audiences was piloted in 2017. Following overwhelming attendee demand, the program is being returned with crucial additions.. The events will take place on the following dates: BOOTCAMPS
  • Monday, April 30 (5-8pm): Bring AR and VR to Our Neighborhoods (Part of Philly Tech Week) Tuesday, May 8 (5-8pm): Social Media for Action Tuesday, May 15 (5-8pm): Deploy Citizen-centric Smart Cities Solutions Tuesday, May 22 (5-8pm): Digital and Data Storytelling
PROJECT NIGHTS: (Tentative Dates)
  • Wednesday, May 30 (5-8pm): Smart Cities Project Night
  • Tuesday, June 5 (5-8pm): Data Storytelling Project Night
Each event will feature case studies presented by experts with wide experience in capturing audience attention and garnering support for community issues. Nonprofit participants will receive direct feedback to develop their own ideas and plans for low-cost and attainable solutions. SPEAKERS: Bring AR and VR to Our Neighborhoods Nick Juschchyshyn, Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Joel Nichols, Free Library of Philadelphia Social Media for Action Kunal Gulati, NBCUniversal Deploy Citizen-centric Smart Cities Solutions Ken Steif, Urban Spatial Register Here

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 at 09:45 AM
New America in Washington, DC

A Discussion of the Critical Role of the Federal Housing Administration in the Mortgage Market

Please RSVP now to join CRL, NAACP, NFHA, National CAPACD, LCCHR, NUL, and other civil rights organizations in Washington, D.C. for a convening on Wednesday, May 2 to discuss the crucial role of the FHA program in the mortgage market.

The event will include a presentation on a forthcoming CRL paper and a panel discussion. If you have questions, please contact Aracely Panameño at • Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 • Time: 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Venue: 740 15th Street, NW, Suite #900, Washington, DC 20005

The Hon. Pamela Hughes Patenaude, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Confirmed Speakers Include:Seema Agnani, National CAPACD • Mike Calhoun, Center for Responsible Lending • Tom Feltner, Center for Responsible Lending • Rev. Willie Gable Jr., Progressive Baptist Church, New Orleans • Dr. Julianne Malveaux, University of California at Berkeley • Samantha Vargas Poppe, UnidosUS • Rob Randhava, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights • Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance • Faith Schwartz, Housing Finance System Strategies • Hilary Shelton, NAACP • Peter Smith, Center for Responsible Lending • Melissa Stegman, Center for Responsible Lending • Kyle Williams, National Urban League

Breakfast will be provided. We look forward to seeing you in May! Space is limited; be sure to RSVP now.

Register Here ________________________________________ The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) is a leading nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on financial fairness and opportunity. Fighting for economic justice for low- and middle-income families, military personnel and veterans, and people of color is our mission and highest priority. Please visit to view additional information, and explore our research and analysis!

Friday, May 04, 2018 at 08:00 AM
Penn State at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, PA

2018 Sustainability Symposium

Green Building United is excited to announce the eighth annual Sustainability Symposium, happening May 4th at Penn State at The Navy Yard. The Symposium is a full day of educational sessions covering cutting edge green building and sustainability topics and industry best practices, including LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Enterprise, WELL, green stormwater infrastructure, and 2030 Districts. Please join us to hear experts from across the region and beyond as they gather to discuss their current work, opportunities for social, environmental, and economic impact, and challenges ahead in the sustainability field.


Penn State at The Navy Yard, 4960 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112

Event Cost*:

Early bird tickets Early Bird Members: $50 Early Bird Non-Members: $100 (opens up after March 5th) Regular tickets Members: $75 Non-Members: $150 Government/Non-Profit: $100 (Government/Non-Profit email must be used when registering.) *If you are a student, cost is a barrier, and/or you would like to volunteer, please contact Margaret Salamon at to find out how you can volunteer in exchange for attending the event at no cost.  Register Here

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 08:30 AM

Investing in History: How Federal and State Tax Credits Make Historic Properties Viable

Historic Tax Credits are an effective, but often complicated, tool for community development. This intensive workshop will focus on the use of the historic tax credits beyond the basics. Panels of industry professionals, government officials and experts in the field will discuss topics integral to the successful execution of the historic tax credit projects, including:

- partnership structuring and syndication

- common pitfalls with NPS approval

- what to look for in a good tax credit project

- case studies demonstrating innovative solutions to common challenges

Featured speaker Renee Kuhlman, from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will highlight the recent advocacy effort to save the federal tax credit and the importance of strong state credits. Join us for this important deep dive into tax credits. Refreshments will be available.

Attorney CLE, Real Estate CEU, and AIA LU credits anticipated.

Many thanks to our planning partners: Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and Temple University Real Estate Institute

Register Here

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 09:30 AM · $10.00 USD
Temple University Center City in Philadelphia, PA

Iron Sharpens Iron 2018: Training and Support for Neighborhood-Based Community Organizers

Join the spring session of engaged neighborhood residents, community organizers and community developers to learn about best practices in volunteer and resident engaged revitalization and stabilization at the grassroots level.  Highlights include:
  • How to Make Our Voices Heard:  Best Practices to influence Decision-Makers
  • Real Estate Development: A Primer for Community Residents
  • Organizing Effective Meetings/Outreach:  Part-two
  • Using Social Media for Neighborhood Action
Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. More information to come.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 09:00 AM · $25.00 USD
Penn State at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, PA

Community Climate Resilience Workshop

How Climate Change Impacts Philadelphia's Neighborhoods

According to the City of Philadelphia's Growing Stronger: Toward a climate-ready Philadelphia,  our changing climate shows that residents and infrastructure will be negatively impacted by:
  • Increased frequency and severity of heat waves
  • Increased frequency and severity of storm events
  • Flooding and other damage from rising sea levels

Planning Resilient Communities

Green Building United is is excited to partner with Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations(PACDC) to present this Community Climate Resilience Workshop, aimed at increasing knowledge of resilience from the city scale down to the neighborhood level in Philadelphia. Experts will present information on how climate change is impacting communities, what resiliency means and looks like, and how communities can take action. Projects, policies, tools, and other cities will serve as references. We invite urban planners, project managers, developers, community groups, and any interested community members to participate. No background knowledge or skillset is required - all are welcome! Event Cost Member: $10* Non-member: $25 (Want to become a member? Join here!) *CDC Members - please contact Leah Wirgau or Pam Bridgeforth to receive a member discount code.   Register Here