The Tax Toolbox: Financing Mechanisms for Encouraging Smart Growth

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Ever feel overwhelmed by the financing options that make smart growth happen? What will be the most effective? Which will provide the most return on investment? What steps can I take to ensure that the tools that I use can encourage smart growth? Explore some of the most common, but at times, misused and misunderstood resources from the tax toolbox.

Hear from national experts who can break down Tax Increment Financing, New Markets Tax Credits, and the Local Income Housing Tax Credits and show how they can be most effectively applied.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Kevin Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. EPA
* Toby Rittner, EDFP, Executive Director, Council of Development Finance Agencies
* Abby Sigal, Vice President of Syndication, Acquisitions, Western Region, Tax Credit Syndication, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
* Robert Poznanski, Director, New Markets Initiative, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
New Partners for SmartGrowth
Smart Growth Online