April 3 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

| $45

What do small communities look like when desperately needed ‘missing middle’ housing gets built? What actions can we take now to ensure a future of attainable housing?

At the 2020 Housing Summit, the SLO County Housing Coalition will bring together experts in housing innovation, state policy and open space conservation to answer these key questions. Speakers and attendees will have the opportunity to dive into housing with a focus on small communities like ours, not big cities.

Speakers will share insight and opine on:

  • What ‘missing middle’ housing looks like, and why it matters
  • The benefits of building more densely
  • Case studies from communities that have succeeded, and those that haven’t
  • Common myths and harmful fallacies that come up in housing conversations
  • How we can work together to achieve regional housing goals

Following the panel discussion, local leaders will share progress already made in our region, and will offer you a chance to learn more about the housing elements currently under development.

Who should attend

Business leaders, young professionals, planners and elected officials who want to support policies, actions and programs that increase the development of housing of all types for all income categories on the Central Coast.

Maximize your attendance

Bringing along your top preforming, most promising and smartest employees, particularly those in HR/hiring capacity and those who have experienced the impacts of housing prices first hand. They will build their understanding of on one of the most significant economic, social and environmental issues facing our region as well as develop and deepen relationships within the business, government and nonprofit sectors.

Three reasons to bring your team:

  • Retention | Employees who are engaged in their community are more likely to stick around and we know that retention is one of your top priorities.
  • Advocacy | With elected officials throughout the region in attendance, your employee will be able to show decision makers how important housing is to the business community just by being in the room.
  • Networking | The Summit provides an opportunity to connect with new partners across business, government and education sectors. With built in time for networking and discussion, participants will also be able to deepen relationships with existing partners.

Need a little help convincing your boss to let you spend the afternoon away from your desk (even if it is to engage on one of the most significant economic, social and environmental issues facing our region)?

Click here for the Convince your boss PDF. If you need additional information or would like pointers on ways to advocate for your attendance, please reach out to Molly Kern at molly@slochamber.org.

Speaker information

David Garcia

As the Policy Director for the Terner Center, Garcia leads the center’s engagement in local, state and federal housing policy and supports the generation of research-driven policy ideas, proposals and papers. Prior to joining the Terner Center, Garcia worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Ten Space, where he managed various aspects of the real estate development process, including development agreements, environmental review and project design. Garcia has also worked as an advocate in the Central Valley, serving on numerous boards and commissions related to a wide array of planning issues.

Moey Newbold

As the Director of Urban Planning with the Central Oregon LandWatch, Newbold leads the initiative to prevent urban sprawl in the City of Bend.  LandWatch plays a vital role in achieving a responsible, balanced approach to planning for and conserving Central Oregon’s land and water resources, while recognizing the needs of future generations. Newbold is active on committees and boards in her community, and has been nominated twice for Woman of the Year.

Tyrone Buckley

Tyrone Buckley is a Senior Policy Specialist in Housing Policy Development at the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Prior to joining HCD, Buckley was Policy Director at Housing California, and a legislative advocate for housing and land use policy at California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. A Cal Poly alumnus, he also has professional experience working to address environmental justice and homelessness.

Get Involved

What to go beyond attending the event to join the conversation and have your voice heard?

For the past number of years, the SLO Chamber has been researching and advocating on behalf of the business community, and residents, for clear policy reforms that would streamline the planning and development process, and unlock opportunities to create more housing. And your involvement is paramount.

Follow this link for a short guide, complete with tools, ideas and simple steps to raise your voice.  More voices are needed to make progress and find solutions, so arm yourself with some basics and jump into the fray.

The links below show a sample of solutions that we’ve recently championed:

Bold ideas to address the region’s housing crisis

SLO County paves the way for more workforce housing

Chamber advocates for housing, fiscal prudence in SLO City goals

Coalition advocates for affordable housing

Zoning changes hit home

Letter regarding the City of SLO’s zoning regulations

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:

And to our Housing Solutions Sponsor:


And to our Housing Champions:




April 3
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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