CPA Conferences

The Community Preservation Coalition periodically holds conferences on CPA at different locations around the state. The next conference will take place in the Spring of 2014 for CPA communities in Western Massachusetts; date to be announced.  These conferences are an opportunity for individuals from different communities to meet each other and share information, and to learn more about CPA adoption and implementation.

Our Most Recent Conference

Our most recent CPA Conference was held on December 1, 2012 at The Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Click on the links below to see selected presentations.

Welcome and Plenary Address -- Stuart Saginor
Keynote Address "Preservation Today - Why Does it Matter?" -- Carl R. Nold
Community Housing: Strategies for Effective Development -- Peter Smith
Community Housing: Strategies for Effective Development -- David Hedison
Department of Revenue Q&A on the New CPA Legislation -- Kathleen Colleary
Open Space Protection: Identifying Priorities and Acquiring Land -- Darci Schofield

Open Space Protection: Identifying Priorities and Acquiring Land -- Sarah Haggerty
CPA Open Space Projects and Conservation Restrictions -- Deborah Eliason
Historic Rehabilitation: Soup to Nuts -- Wendall Kalsow
Partnering with Habitat for Humanity for CPA Housing -- Leedara Zola

Highlights of Past Conferences

Historic Preservation
Evaluating Historic Significance
- Michael Steinitz, Massachusetts Historical Commission (2010 in Northampton)

Evaluating Historic Significance - Michele Barker, Preservation Mass (2010 in Northampton)

Historic Preservation and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards - Michael Steinitz and Ryan Maciej, Massachusetts Historical Commission (2008 in Danvers)

Open Space
CPA Open Space Projects and Conservation Restrictions - Deborah Eliason, Attorney, Beveridge & Diamond, PC (2008 in Danvers)

CPA and Open Space Preservation: Basics of Land Protection - Jennifer Goldson, AICP, JM Goldson community preservation + planning; Anthony Cucchi, Land Protection Specialist, The Trustees of Reservations (2007 in Bridgewater) 

Housing
Establishing a Municipal Affordable Housing Trust (2010 in Northampton)

    Jennifer Goldson, JM Goldson communtiy preservation + planning
    Kathleen O'Donnell, Municipal Real Estate Attorney; Steering Committee, Community Preservation Coalition
    Connie Kruger, Community Technical Assistance Manager, Massachusetts Housing Partnership

CPA Housing Workshop: Adaptive Reuse and Other Great Ideas for Creating Housing in Your Community - Jennifer Raittner, Planner, MAPC; Chris Pude, Westford Housing Authority (2008 in Danvers)

Using the CPA for Affordable Housing - Connie Kruger, AICP, Senior Program Manager, Massachusetts Housing Partnership (2007 in Bridgewater

CPA Community Housing Trends – Projects Combining Open Space Preservation with Affordable Housing, and Other CPA Housing Case Studies (presentation 1)- Susan Jones Moses; Planning Consultant (2007 in Amherst)

CPA Community Housing Trends – Projects Combining Open Space Preservation with Affordable Housing, and Other CPA Housing Case Studies (presentation 2)- Connie Kruger, AICP, Massachusetts Housing Partnership (2007 in Amherst)

Adopting CPA
Workshop for Communities Looking to Adopt CPA
- Jay Rasku, North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership

Presenting the Right Question: Timing, Surcharge Level & Exemptions - Liz Gimson, Field Organizer, Community Preservation Coalition (2008 in Dighton)

Creating a Concise & Compelling Message - Kelley Whitmore, The Trustees of Reservations; Bob Sears, Chair, Preserve Hanson (2008 in Dighton)

Building Local Political Support & Overcoming Political Opposition - Jim Egan, Hanson Board of Selectmen (2008 in Dighton)

Campaign Planning & Timeline - Kelley Whitmore, The Trustees of Reservations (2008 in Dighton)

Building and Engaging Your CPA Group - Bob Sears, Chair, Preserve Hanson; Cheryl Cambria, Chair, West Bridgewater Citizens for CPA (2008 in Dighton)

How to Run a Successful CPA Campaign - Wendy Sweetser, Highlands Communities Initiative, The Trustees of Reservations; Leslie Duthie, Monson Community Preservation Act Committee; Jassy Bratko, Hubbardston CPA Ballot Question Committee (2007 in Amherst)
    Download session handout

CPA Administration
CPA Financial Overview - Everything You Need to Know About Collecting and Spending CPA Funds - Kathleen Colleary, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Municipal Finance Law, Massachusetts Department of Revenue (2007 in Bridgewater)

Getting Into the Act: How to Run a Successful CPA Campaign - Liz Gimson, Field Organizer, Community Preservation Coalition (2007 in Bridgewater)