Housing summit reveals issues relative to shortage, suggests some solutions
Does a community address housing issues before attracting new industry or does it wait to build until they’ve got the jobs and people to fill the homes? It’s a question important enough to draw an auditorium full of builders, bankers and economic developers from across Northwest Georgia to the campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College for a day-long conference Thursday, reported the Rome News-Tribune. From their article:
By the time four speakers and a panel of local experts were done, it was clear that some outside-the-box thinking is going to be required to address the problem. Outside with respect to size and outside with respect to zoning and development standards.
“In order to have people, we’ve got to have housing,” said Rope Roberts, a Georgia Power community development specialist from Northeast Georgia. “There’s not one silver bullet answer that’s going to solve it. It’s going to take a lot of 5% solutions.”