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    • October 19, 2013 - October 22, 2013
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        OVERVIEW

        Join NCSHA in New Orleans this fall to experience firsthand the power of recovery and renewal. Under the theme, Coming Back Stronger, Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) and their partners gather to share their most effective affordable housing and community revitalization strategies in the wake of one of the deepest and most prolonged housing and economic downturns in our nation’s history.

        Draw inspiration from the renaissance the city has undergone since NCSHA last visited it shortly after the tragedy of Katrina. Contribute to the city’s continued progress by participating in a housing build while you’re there. And, take home ideas for turning around your hardest-hit communities and so much more.

        Experience the Best of HFAs through the Annual Awards for Program Excellence Program and in educational sessions. Hear about the most exciting opportunities and pressing issues before HFAs and their partners in 11 core areas of activity: communications, finance, governance, homeownership, human resources, information technology, legal, management innovation, rental, special needs housing, and sustainable housing.



        New Orleans Marriott

        555 Canal Street
        New Orleans, LA 70130
        Phone: 504-581-1000
        Reservations: 877-622-3056
         
        Room Rate: $242
        Hotel Discount Cutoff Date: Monday, September 23
        Early Registration Deadline:  Monday, September 23

        HFA attendance is up by 14 percent over last year with representation by nearly every HFA!! Due to this increase, the hotel is sold out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, October 18, 19 and 20. And due to large events taking place in the city over the weekend, most of the hotels in the city are sold out as well. However, online searches show there is still availability at hotels in the vicinity of the airport—in Metairie and Kenner—and they are offering excellent rates for these nights. Monday and Tuesday nights—October 21 and 22—are still available at the Marriott at the group rate while they last!

         

        Registration Information
        You must first register for the conference with NCSHA before you can make a hotel reservation within NCSHA’s room block. Attendees may register online, via fax, or by mail. Each registrant must pay in full prior to the conference. Only those who have paid in full will be admitted to conference activities, including educational sessions, the Showplace, the President’s Reception, and other networking events. Early registration fees apply only when payment is postmarked or received by Monday, September 23. Contact NCSHA’s registrar at 202-624-7710 or registration@ncsha.org with questions.

         

        Registration Fees

        Payment postmarked:

        By 9/23

        After 9/23

        HFA Members

        (Saturday - Tuesday)

        $515

        $595

        Affiliate Members

        (Monday - Tuesday)

        $695

        $785

        Guest*

        * Guest fee is for Sunday and Monday night’s reception only. All guests, including children of attendees, must have a guest badge to be admitted. NCSHA members may not register as a guest.

        $95

        $95

         

        Registration

        Online: Online registration has closed.  You can register on-site.


        By Fax or Mail:
        Pre-Registration has closed.  You can register on-site.

        Attendance Policy
        The Annual Conference is open only to employees and board members of HFA, affiliate, and associate members of NCSHA. NCSHA members may not register as guests. For more information on how to become a member, contact Phaedra Stoger at membership@ncsha.org.

        Speaker Registration Policy
        NCSHA requires that all speakers and discussion leaders register for the conference.

        Substitution Policy
        If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, you may substitute another individual at no additional charge. The payment made for the original registrant will be applied to the replacement's registration. Substitutions are allowed at any time and must be requested in writing.

        Cancellation Policy
        Cancellations must be received in writing. Confirmation of faxed cancellations may be required. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Tuesday, October 1 or for registrants who fail to attend the conference. "No shows" will be billed the full registration fee. A $75 administrative fee will be deducted from all approved refunds.

        Conference Admission
        Your name badge must be worn at all times. It is your ticket to all conference sessions, meals, the Showplace, the President’s Reception, and other networking events.

        Special Needs/Dietary Requests
        If you have special needs under the Americans With Disabilities Act, please explain those needs in the space provided on the Registration Form or online in the ADA Needs text box on the Event Registration page. In addition, please provide information on special dietary requirements.

        Attendee List
        Attendees who register after Tuesday, October 8 may not appear on the conference attendee list.

        Attire and Climate
        Business casual attire is appropriate for all conference activities, including the President’s Reception. In October, New Orleans’ temperatures typically range from 80 degrees during the day to 65 degrees at night. Hotel temperatures may vary, so a sweater is recommended.

        CPE Sponsors

        NCSHA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

        NCSHA’s Annual Conference features a comprehensive series of sessions for both new professionals and seasoned practitioners. No advanced preparation is required for the conference; however a basic knowledge of state housing finance agencies and their programs is necessary due to the intermediate program level. You can earn approximately 15 credits if you attend all the sessions.

        For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints or refunds, please contact NCSHA at 202-624-7710. To receive CPE certification, complete the CPE evaluation form available at the NCSHA registration desk.

        Continuing Legal Education Credit

        Those seeking CLE credit must apply directly to their state bar association. For more information, visit the NCSHA registration desk.


        NCSHA Press Policy

        A limited number of press credentials may be issued for NCSHA conferences and events, and requests must be approved prior to issuance. Press credentials are granted to individuals who are on assignment for, or employees of, a media outlet appropriate to the coverage of affordable housing news. Please contact the Director of Marketing and Communications to make sure that the sessions you are interested in covering are open to the press. NCSHA reserves the right to close sessions to the press at any time.
         
        ABOUT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
        NCSHA's Annual Conference & Showplace is the premier gathering of state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) and NCSHA affiliate members. It is the main networking event of the year for HFAs and the partners who work with them to increase housing opportunities through the financing, development, and preservation of affordable housing. Take advantage of the unparalleled professional development in ten program focus areas, including communications, finance, governance, homeownership, human relations, information technology, legal, management innovation, rental and special needs housing.  Applaud the best work of all HFAs and congratulate the winners at Monday's Celebratory Opening Plenary Breakfast. Join your colleagues and friends from across the country to network and have some fun at the President’s Reception.


        Volunteer While You’re Here

        Help Rebuild a Home in New Orleans. Participate in ongoing rebuilding efforts on Saturday, October 19. NCSHA and volunteers will work with the St. Bernard Project, an award-winning, nonprofit organization to help reconstruct a family’s home. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation will be provided. The bus will leave the Marriott at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and return in time for the afternoon Meet-Ups. Select the option to volunteer when you register for the conference. Availability is limited; participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the need to match volunteers with project sites in advance, on-site registration for this project cannot be offered.

        If you have already registered for the conference contact registration@ncsha.org to volunteer. Learn more about St. Bernard Project at stbernardproject.org.

        Upcycle Your Old Denim. Give your old denim a new life as environmentally friendly housing insulation. NCSHA will collect denim pieces (jeans, jackets, skirts, etc.), in any color, and send them to Blue Jeans Go Green, which will transform them into UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. A portion of the insulation is given to communities in need to assist with building efforts.

        Collection bins will be located in the registration area. Learn more about Blue Jeans Go Green at cottonfrombluetogreen.org.

        Toiletries Donation. Once again, NCSHA will collect partially used and unused hotel toiletries — shampoo, conditioner, soap — for donation. The toiletries will be donated to the Ozanam Inn, a New Orleans men’s-only shelter which provides 33,000 overnight stays annually. Ozanam Inn also provides meals and clothing to men, women, and children.

        Donation bins will be located in the registration area. Learn more about the Ozanam Inn at ozanaminn.org.

        Join NCSHA in New Orleans this fall to experience firsthand the power of recovery and renewal. Under the theme, Coming Back Stronger, Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) and their partners gather to share their most effective affordable housing and community revitalization strategies in the wake of one of the deepest and most prolonged housing and economic downturns in our nation’s history.