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Community Benefit Agreements Who is the Community and What is the Benefit?
Monday, March 13, 2006 6:30 - 8:30 pm


Asserting that economic development projects help developers more than the neighborhoods in which they are sited, activists are increasingly demanding that developers sign "Community Benefit Agreements" (CBAs) which can encompass a broader area than the projects neighborhood and include specific job creation and hiring goals, affordable housing and recreational development. This forum will provide an overview of CBAs, discuss how they affect the development process, and evaluate the outcomes of these agreements in NYC and elsewhere. The panelists will also offer a historical perspective on earlier efforts by community groups to negotiate similar types of agreements.

Moderators:
RAYMOND LEVIN
Wachtel & Masyr LLP

ROSS MOSKOWITZ
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Speakers:
MELINDA R. KATZ
New York City Council Member (Queens, District 29), Chair, Land Use Committee

JOSHUA SIREFMAN
Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding

WILLIAM VALLETTA
Former General Counsel, New York City Department of City Planning and Board of Standards and Appeals

BRAD LANDER
Executive Director, Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development

CARL WEISBROD
President, Real Estate Division, Trinity Church; former Executive Director, New York City Department of City Planning; former President, New York City Economic Development Corporation

PAT JONES
Chairperson, 197-A Plan Committee, Community Board 9, Manhattan