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Economics of Smart Growth and Sustainability Series, June 27th

Economics of Smart Growth and Sustainability Series:
Resources for Proactive Preservation and Redevelopment

One Region Forward: Economics of Sustainability

Economics of Sustainability

Demographic trends are reshaping land use and transportation patterns, and driving sustainable growth and (re)development back into existing communities. Historic preservation offers numerous resources that can be leveraged in order to shape redevelopment opportunities. The presentation will break down the various layers of preservation distinctions (local, state, national) and associated processes, historic tax credit deal structure, and outline an array of additional public and private resources.


June 27, 2013
8:00 – 8:30 AM – Breakfast and Registration
8:30 – 10:00 AM Program
10:00 AM – Q&A Discussion


Hotel Lafayette
Courtyard Room
391 Washington St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

*AICP/AIA credits pending
*Local municipalities may approve event for planning board education credits, per New York State requirements

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Opening Remarks:

Speaker Hal MorseHal Morse, Executive Director, Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council

As Executive Director of the GBNRTC since 2000, Hal is responsible for guiding a metropolitan transportation planning process (MPO) in the Buffalo-Niagara Region of New York State. GBNRTC functions include development of long range plans for transportation, establishing near term priorities for transportation projects funding, and conduct of areawide and local transportation studies. As a border region, GBNRTC has been actively involved in cross border issues and planning between the United States and Canada.

Hal also worked for 15 years with Westinghouse Corporation, involved in both strategic planning and project management as Project Integration Manager. The business was focused on government contracts for nuclear facilities management and environmental remediation.

Other experience includes work as Director of Planning for a New York State county, as well as multicounty regional and also metropolitan (MPO) transportation planning in the State of Michigan. Hal’s educational background is in urban transportation planning, with Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Hal is professionally certified in Project Management (PMP).



Julian AdamsJulian Adams, Director, New York State Historic Preservation OfficeBureau of Community Preservation Services

Julian Adams is the Director of the Bureau of Community Preservation Services for the New York State Historic Preservation Office. He has been with the NYSHPO since 1988 in a variety of roles, and currently administers the Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, the Certified Local Government Program, the National Register and Survey programs, and the Outreach and Education programs and serves as Agency Preservation Officer for the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.


Elizabeth MartinElizabeth Martin
Historic Sites Restoration Coordinator, New York State Historic Preservation Office

Ms. Martin has worked with the New York State Historic Preservation Office since 2008 where she assists architects, designers, and developers, as well as federal, state and municipal agencies protect historic resources by using best preservation practices. Ms. Martin holds her Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Building Conservation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining the SHPO, Ms. Martin worked in private architecture practice on projects ranging from 18th century Dutch farmhouses in the Hudson Valley and WPA-era post offices and courthouses in Nashville, Tennessee, to Gilded Age mansions in Newport. She has served on local historic preservation and planning commissions and has been an adjunct faculty member of the building conservation programs at both Rensselaer and the University of Massachusetts.


Steven WeissSteven Weiss

Partner, Cannon, Heyman & Weiss LLP

Steven J. Weiss is one of the founding partners of Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP and concentrates his law practice in the areas of affordable housing and community development law and corporate finance transactions using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC’s), New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, and other tax incentives. Mr. Weiss is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, the New York State Bar Association Real Estate Committee, Board Member and Chair of the Public Policy Committee for the Preservation League of New York State, and General Campaign Chair for the Jewish Federation of Western New York. Mr. Weiss was nominated by Governor Cuomo to serve on the Board of Directors of the New York State Housing Finance Agency, and he currently serves as Vice Chair of the Agency and Chair of its Governance Committee. Mr. Weiss is currently serving as an adjunct professor with the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.


Tania WerbizkyTania Werbizky
Regional Director of Technical and Grant Programs, Preservation League of New York State
Since 1989, Tania G. Werbizky has worked with the Preservation League of New York State where she is currently the Regional Director of Technical and Grant Programs for Central and Western New York and the Southern Tier. Previously Ms. Werbizky served as Preservation Planner for Cannon Design of Buffalo and, for eight years, taught in the graduate Historic Preservation Program at Cornell University. Ms. Werbizky has a B.A. in Geography from SUNY Binghamton and M.A. in Historic Preservation from Cornell University. She is Past President of Historic Ithaca and Tompkins County and has served on the US Route 20 Scenic Byway Steering Committee. Ms. Werbizky has been honored with awards from Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the Preservation Association of Central New York and the New York Planning Federation for her work with the Preservation League.

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Underwriter: Harris Beach, PLLC