Lycoming College to host Marcellus Shale housing summit

Lycoming College to host Marcellus Shale housing summit

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Who: Lycoming College Center for the Study of Community and the Economy

What: Tackling Marcellus' Effects on Housing Needs Together

When: Tuesday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Note: This event is by invitation only and not open to the public.

The Lycoming College Center for the Study of Community and the Economy is hosting a housing summit that will bring together social service agencies, private sector developers, bankers, realtors and other local stakeholders who are affected by the increased housing demand and resulting housing shortage. Also, federal and state funding agencies will be represented. More than 100 individuals have registered for the event.

The day is planned to provide a means of communication between the groups affected and the state agencies and private companies that can provide relief. Information will also be provided on HB1950 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Legislation and its effect on housing. In addition, natural gas industry officials will discuss their regional plans.

The summit, organized by professors Bonita Kolb and Jonathan Williamson, is sponsored by the Lycoming College Center for the Study of the Community and the Economy, and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

State and federal housing related agencies speakers will include:

- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

- Federal Reserve Bank

- Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

- Pennsylvania Office of Long-Term Living

- State Housing Director

- Office of Rural Development

The day will consist of four sessions:

- Session One: Marcellus Effect on Housing Research Findings

- Session Two: Panel of Local Profit and Nonprofit Stakeholders on the New Reality

- Session Three: Presentation on State and Federal Resources Available

- Session Four: Working Session Linking Resources with Solutions

CLICK HERE to access CSCE's study titled Marcellus Natural Gas Development's Effect on Housing in Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit