Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Cincinnati State
Topic: Alternatives for Securing Property to Address Blight
Listen to the experts as they discuss their experience with best practices when it comes to addressing blight and abandoned
properties in Cincinnati neighborhoods. These forces work every day to turn abandoned and blighted buildings into Cincinnati’s
Alternatives for Securing Property to Address Blight
Joe Huber, Moderator Cincinnati Development Fund
- Joe Huber is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Lending Officer for the Cincinnati Development Fund, a non-profit Community Development Lender which has served Greater Cincinnati since 1988. Joe joined CDF in 2006, after spending 11 years at 5/3 Bank. Since coming to CDF, Joe has originated, underwritten and closed more than $100 million of construction and permanent loans for the historic rehabilitation or new construction of for-sale homes and multi-family rental housing projects in Cincinnati’s Urban Core. He has also underwritten and closed more than $175 million in New Markets Tax Credit Loans for commercial and mixed-use developments in Cincinnati’s low income communities. As Chief Lending officer, Joe raises loan capital, manages investor relationships, and oversees credit, construction management and asset management for CDF. As Chief Operating Officer, Joe develops and oversees successful implementation of operating procedures needed to efficiently respond to organizational growth. Locally, Joe serves his community as a board member for: The Community Development Corporation Association, the Hamilton County Development Company, The Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.
Ed Cunningham, Division Manager, City of Cincinnati
- Edward Cunningham is the Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Division Manager with the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, Department of Buildings & Inspections. He has worked and trained in the housing field for over 40 years; and for the last 30 years worked for the City in Property Maintenance Code Enforcement and Inspection and 10 of those years in the Department of Community Development and Buildings & Inspections as Division Manager. He is past president of the Southwestern Ohio Building Officials Association, and is a Certified Building Official, Residential Building Official, and Building Inspector, in the State of Ohio. Ed has made presentations on Code Enforcement for the International Code Council; The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs in Minneapolis, as well as The International City/County Management Association international conference in Montreal Canada.
Joe Gorman, Executive Director, Camp Washington Community Board
- Joe grew up in Cincinnati and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University in 1976. He has run a desktop publishing and video production business, was Marketing Director at the Career Resource Center, developed five new single-family houses on Mulberry Street in Over-the-Rhine, and, worked as a Community Organizer for the HUB Services, Coalition of Neighborhoods, Community Action Agency, and, Cincinnati Public Schools. Joe has worked for 16 years as a Community Organizer and now as Executive Director of the Camp Washington Community Board development corporation. Joe is a co-founder of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce. He established the Camp Washington Urban Farm 2014 on 2-acres of land adjacent to the River City. Correctional Center (the former Cincinnati Workhouse jail). Mr. Gorman is a founder and former executive director of the Camp Washington Business Association, which had 87 members in 2016. He also oversaw the Camp Washington Community School GED and adult basic education program. Joe is a musician and a B.M.I. songwriter. He has written songs for “The Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns” soap operas. He wrote and performed with a cast of 50 the Blues Alley Cat pop-opera in 2001 about urban issues in Over-the-Rhine.He serves as president of the Finneytown Civic Association. Joe is married to a labor and delivery nurse and is the father of four adult children.
Jessica Powell, Chief Council, City of Cincinnati
- Jessica L. Powell is Chief Counsel of Quality of Life within the City of Cincinnati Law Department’s Litigation Division. She oversees affirmative litigation and other advocacy related to blight and nuisance properties in the City’s neighborhoods. She has significant legal experience in housing and neighborhood issues over the 15 years of her law practice. In her prior position as a Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, she represented tenants in eviction and housing conditions issues and homeowners in foreclosure. In addition, she represented students on school issues, including issues related to special education, school discipline, and racial disparities. Since her transition to the City of Cincinnati Law Department in 2012, Jessica’s practice has focused on both defending and enforcing the City’s building code ordinances and state laws related to public nuisance and blight.