Quasi-Public Corporations and Financing Local Development Projects
This workshop will focus on using quasi-public corporations to achieve local economic development goals. Quasi-public corporations are government-backed, private corporation with a public mandate to provide services that benefit the public. In NY State, municipalities can create a number of quasi-public corporations to support their economic development initiatives and facilitate sustainable development.
Panelists will discuss local development corporations and industrial development agencies and the tools and strategies they can employ.
Local government officials, planners, developers, consultants
8:00 am registration & breakfast
8:30-10:30 am program/panel
As the co-founding Principal and President of Collins Enterprises, LLC, Arthur Collins is in charge of all development activities for the company. His responsibilities include sourcing new projects as well as budgeting, design, construction and timely delivery of the company’s redevelopment and development initiatives in all markets. Mr. Collins has 35 years’ experience in managing development and construction for major residential and commercial projects in the New York market and in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. As a planning and development feasibility consultant, Mr. Collins has also helped cities such as New Orleans, Yonkers, NY and large corporations maximize their financial returns through innovative land use concepts and building design. Mr. Collins initiates company policy and charts strategic direction along with the other company directors. Mr. Collins is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, and Collins Enterprises is Chairman of the Connecticut/Westchester local chapter. Mr. Collins is asked often to speak at conferences and seminars dealing especially with creative land use and urban redevelopment. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Collins is a former trustee of the Conway School, a graduate institution in land planning in Massachusetts, a Real Estate advisor for the Kent School Board of Trustees in Connecticut, a speaker at Columbia University, Pace University and Yale, and is active in the Land Use Law Center at Pace University. He currently serves as the Chair for the ULI Westchester/Fairfield District Council.
Luiz Aragon brings to the City of New Rochelle over two decades of governmental experience in New York City and upstate New York; and the momentum necessary to prepare our City for the next phase in our history. His broad expertise includes community development, economic development and revitalization, housing, planning, transportation, and environmental management.
Under his leadership, New Rochelle has been able to reposition itself as a leading transit oriented development (TOD) destination in the tri-state area. In partnership with the City Council, Mr. Aragon has rezoned approximately 300 acres of the City’s downtown to accommodate over 10 million square feet of development. His accomplishments also include catalytic chances regarding our City’s branding and technology initiatives.
Preceding his appointment as Commissioner for Development for the City of New Rochelle, Mr. Aragon served as Commissioner for Planning and Environmental Management for Sullivan County, NY and Deputy Commissioner for Preservation Services for NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).
As Planning Commissioner in Sullivan County, Mr. Aragon led the Economic Development Corporation, which acted as the catalyst for economic revitalization in the County. His extensive portfolio included the revitalization of main streets throughout the County, the advancement and repositioning of the Concord Hotel and Casino development, and a variety of additional creative and new job-generating investment opportunities. Furthermore, Mr. Aragon was the County representative in Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council and played a key role in the Mid-Hudson Region Sustainability Consortium.
During his tenure with HPD, Mr. Aragon was responsible for half of HPD’s workforce and his contributions ranged from a variety of innovative management and technological tools designed to enhance performance and maximize productivity to budget, legislative, and political matters. His responsibilities included the enforcement of the Housing Maintenance code citywide while implementing innovative community and economic revitalization initiatives across New York City. Mr. Aragon was responsible for HPD’s neighborhood preservation efforts citywide in order to assist developers, owners, and tenants in preserving housing conditions and neighborhoods. Those efforts were augmented by the extensive work led by Mr. Aragon regarding the control and abatement of housing related narcotics activities, Housing Litigation initiatives, and the creation and management of the largest municipal housing education program in the country. Earlier in his career at HPD, Mr. Aragon was also responsible for the day-to-day management of the entire HPD-owned housing stock.
Prior to HPD, Mr. Aragon served at New York City’s Department of Transportation as Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects and as Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Urban Mobility.
Mr. Aragon began his civil service career in New York City government as an architect and planner at the Department of Parks and Recreation and subsequently held positions of increased responsibility in that agency, including Director of the Audit and re-Engineering unit and Director of the Disciplinary unit.
Mr. Aragon earned an MBA from Baruch College, CUNY and a BA in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is a resident of downtown New Rochelle.
Darius represents both private and public sector clients in all facets of litigation, has tried numerous civil and criminal cases (jury and non-jury) to verdict in both state and federal courts and has argued countless appeals before state and federal appellate courts, including the Appellate Divisions of the State of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Darius also serves as counsel to small businesses and not-for-profits throughout the Hudson Valley on “day-to-day” operations. Darius represents both municipalities and developers in all aspects of land-use law, zoning law and the State Environmental Quality Review Act. He serves as counsel to a public utility, counsel to numerous local issuers and local municipalities and serves as the village attorney for the village of Dobbs Ferry and the town attorney for the town of Mount Pleasant. Darius began his legal career in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office where he served for three years as an assistant district attorney in the Felony Trial Bureau.
Norma Drummond is the Commissioner of Planning for Westchester County. With almost 30 years of experience administering community development and affordable housing programs for Westchester County, she provides direct assistance to the municipalities, developers and non-profit agencies, helping them identify and address the needs of their low and moderate income residents and neighborhoods.
She has many years of experience administering the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Community Development Block Grant program and other HUD programs for the County.
For the last five years, she has focused on the implementation of the County’s Fair Housing Settlement Agreement, encouraging the development of 750 affordable units in the County’s less diverse municipalities. Ms. Drummond is a Past President of the National Association for County Community and Economic evelopment (NACCED). She served on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Subcommittee on Community and Economic Development and served on several non- profit housing agency boards including Community Capital New York and the Westchester Community Housing Resource Center. Ms. Drummond has a Masters in Public Administration from Pace University and a Bachelors Degree in Economics, History and Political Science from the College of Mount Saint Vincent