Worth Knowing: Upper Valley business and community leaders invited to May 11 breakfast to discuss housing issues

Panel will Discuss the Residential Construction Market and Ongoing Projects

Business and community leaders from throughout the greater Upper Valley region are invited to the Spring Business Leaders Breakfast on Housing from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 11, at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon. The event, hosted by the regional nonprofit organizations Vital Communities and Twin Pines Housing, brings leaders together to better understand the housing market in the region and the role of workforce housing in vibrant local economies and communities.

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 “The critical need for affordable housing in the region affects both residents and employers. Involving the entire community in the discussion is essential to finding solutions,” said Andrew Winter, executive director of Twin Pines Housing.

 The breakfast will feature a panel on “Residential Construction in the Valley: Market Analysis and Ongoing Projects,” moderated by Upper Valley Haven Executive Director Sara Kobylenski. Panelists include Lebanon City Planner David Brooks, Doug Kennedy of Doug Kennedy Advisors, and Winter. Buff McLaughry of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty and Lynne LaBombard of Housing Solutions Real Estate will also discuss the latest on the Upper Valley home purchase and rental markets.

“These breakfasts have for years offered a space for local business, nonprofit, municipal and community leaders to come together to better understand the housing challenges that face residents in our region,” said Vital Communities Executive Director Tom Roberts. “Vital Communities is glad to be involved in the event and in other efforts to help leaders focus on meeting the region’s workforce housing needs.”

The Spring Business Leaders Breakfast on Housing is generously sponsored by Mascoma Bank. Registered attendees are encouraged to make a $10 minimum contribution at the door to cover the cost of the breakfast and support Vital Communities’ housing program. To register or learn more contact Rachel Darrow at rachel@vitalcommunities.org.

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