Thursday, March 9, 1-5 p.m. Embassy Suites 333 Madonna Road SLO, 93405

On Thursday March 9th, the Housing Coalition of the Central Coast is bringing the community together for a half-day conference focused on supporting the creation of more housing options and learning best practices from other communities.

Attendees will learn from industry experts about:

  • housing success stories
  • the economics of building
  • policy reforms
  • design innovations
  • opportunities to address housing challenges

Keynote speaker

James Mayer, president and CEO, California Forward

Mayer leads California Forward’s efforts to make the promise of the California Dream attainable for all. A graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he works with civic and governmental partners statewide, consistently advocating for comprehensive governance reforms that will lead to better results and accountability.

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Opening session discussion: What’s the problem, and why does is matter

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Kathleen Bellefontaine,
San Luis Obispo County Commission on Aging
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Ian Ferguson,
Synergy Manufacturing, Inc.
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Kristin Flynn,
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
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Natalie Marinelli,


Moderated by:

Samson Blackwell

Samson Blackwell


Breakout panel: The economics of building

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Robbins Reed
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Jim Duffy,
Ten Over Studio, Inc.
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Chris Texter,
KTGY Architecture + Planning
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Craig Zimmerman,
The Towbes Group

Moderated by:

Christine Theodoropoulos

Christine Theodoropoulos

Breakout panel: Creative solutions & best practices

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Peter Brown,
City of Santa Barbara
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John Fowler,
People’s Self-Help Housing
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Ryan Hostetter,
County of San Luis Obispo
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Detty Peikert,
RRM Design Group


Moderated by:

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Stacey White

Members: $40
Future Members: $50

Table of 8:
Members: $300
Future Members: $400

If you are a member of the California Association or Realtors, Economic Vitality Corporation, Home Builders Association of the Central Coast or the SLO Chamber you are invited to attend at the member price.

Thursday, March 9

Program: 1 – 5 p.m.
Happy Hour Mixer: 5 – 6 p.m.

Embassy Suites
333 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, 93405

About the Housing Coalition of the Central Coast

The Housing Coalition of the Central Coast includes the Economic Vitality Corporation, the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast and the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. The coalition aims to bring the community together to exchange information and work toward collaborative solutions to create housing opportunities on the Central Coast.

Thank you to our lead sponsor:



Thank you to our Gold level sponsor: