Jan. 30 Webinar on Substandard Housing Abatement Program in Griffin, GA

Mark your calendars on Monday, January 30 at 1:00 p.m. for a WebEx session for local governments hosted by ARC, Enterprise Community Partners and Piece by Piece.

Our guest this month will be Frederick Gardiner, Director of Planning and Development Services for the City of Griffin, Georgia. In an effort to eliminate substandard housing, the City of Griffin has recently implemented a substandard housing abatement program by increasing taxation rates on blighted properties. Blighted properties increase the burden on state and local governments, particularly in the areas of social services, public safety and code enforcement, and rehabilitation of these properties decreases the need for such services. The new program in Griffin is designed to recoup some of the expenses put into blighted properties by encouraging property owners to rehabilitate their properties. You can read recent some media coverage here. Mr. Gardiner has also presented on Griffin’s taxation ordinance to the DeKalb County Commission’s Public Works Committee, which is currently deciding whether to implement a similar tax.

Join us to learn more about this innovative tool and its impact on neighborhoods in Griffin. Please RSVP to Marisa Ghani at ARC (mghani@atlantaregional.com or 404-463-3309) so that we may have an estimated headcount. Login information for the WebEx session is below.


Topic: Piece By Piece Local Government Sector Jan 2012 WebEx
Date: Monday, January 30, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Access code: 653 072 976


To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!)
1. Go to https://enterprisecommunity.webex.com/enterprisecommunity/j.php?ED=188183297&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)
4. Click “Join”.

To view in other time zones or languages, please go to:

To join the audio conference only
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-866-469-3239
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300
Toll-free dialing restrictions: http://www.webex.com/pdf/tollfree_restrictions.pdf

Access code: 653 072 976

For assistance
1. Go to https://enterprisecommunity.webex.com/enterprisecommunity/mc
2. On the left navigation bar, click “Support”.

To add this meeting to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), go to:

The playback of UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files requires appropriate players. To view this type of rich media files in the meeting, please check whether you have the players installed on your computer by going to https://enterprisecommunity.webex.com/enterprisecommunity/systemdiagnosis.php.

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