Record Breaking PNRC Annual Conference


The 2018 Annual Conference had nearly 350 people in attendance who had 32 breakout sessions to choose from as well as an Exhibit Hall filled with industry related vendors and many networking opportunities all located in a beautiful hotel on the shore of Lake Washington.  In addition to all of that, attendees heard from two keynote speakers (Tiffany Manuel and Sasha Abramsky), NAHRO CEO, Adrianne Todman; NAHRO President, Carl Richie; NAHRO Senior Vice President, Sunny Shaw and NAHRO Legislative Liaison, Tess Hembree.  A 50/50 raffle as well as a silent auction of gift baskets and other items raised over $1,500 for PNRC’s Scholarships. This year we had a conference app that allowed attendees to have all of the pertinent conference information including schedules, presentations, and evaluations.  We received the most evaluations ever and the consensus was that attendees thought this was a great conference all around.

 Awards of Merit

The National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Awards of Merit and Awards of Excellence recognize and promote the nation’s best in housing and community development.

The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of NAHRO received 10 Applications from the Pacific Northwest.

In the category of Administrative Innovation, the following applications were received:

  • Lean Public Housing Inspections – Seattle Housing Authority

  • Ducks Down Program – Housing Authority of the City of Kennewick

  • Customer Service Awareness – Seattle Housing Authority

  • Specialized Maintenance & Repair Training Program – Seattle Housing Authority

In the category of Affordable Housing, the following applications were received:

  • Cosecha Court Homeless Housing – Housing Authority of the City of Yakima

  • 3600 Spenard  – Cook Inlet Housing Authority

  • Lincoln Place Apartments Collaboration – Vancouver Housing Authority

In the category of Resident and Client Services, the following applications were received:

  • CIHA Resident Engagement – Cook Inlet Housing Authority

  • Senior Games at Centennial Village – Cook Inlet Housing Authority

  • Youth Program Community of Practice – King County Housing Authority

PNRC is proud to announce that all 10 Applications will be forwarded
on to the National Level of NAHRO for Awards of Merit.

 

Award of Excellence

 

Applications being forwarded to NAHRO for competition in the National Awards of Excellence are:

  • Lean Public Housing Inspections – Seattle Housing Authority

  • Specialized Maintenance & Repair Training Program – Seattle Housing Authority

  • Cosecha Court Homeless Housing – Housing Authority of the City of Yakima

  • 3600 Spenard – Cook Inlet Housing Authority

  • Lincoln Place Apartments Collaboration – Vancouver Housing Authority

PRAIS Award

 

Each year PNRC recognizes the highest scoring application for the NAHRO Awards of Merit as the Pacific Northwest Regional Award for Innovation and Service (PRAIS).

The 2018 PRAIS winner was the Housing Authority of the City of Yakima for their Cosecha Court Homeless Housing.

L to R: Pam Thompson, PNRC VP of Member Services; Lowel Krueger, Executive Director of Yakima Housing Authority and Saeed Hajarizadeh, PNRC President
Cosecha - The Right Thing to Do
Cosecha – The Right Thing to Do

President’s Award

Each year, the PNRC President selects one person that they feel has gone above and beyond to help the housing and community development industry. This year’s recipient is Pam Thompson.

Pam has been with the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority for over 30 years and is currently the Director of Finance. She was also the Interim Director of Finance for Malheur County Housing Authority from 1993-1997. Besides all of the great work she does at her agency, she has also been very actively involved with PNRC and NAHRO. I’m sure that we have probably missed a few of the positions she has held over the years, but here goes: Board of Governors , VP of Member Services, Board of Governors Regional At Large, VP of Member Services, Vice Chair of Member Services, BECT, and the Nominating and Elections Committee.

She is involved with Special Olympics Oregon as an aquatic coach and she is also involved in their golf program.

Pam is a true leader in our industry and we are very lucky to have her in our region. Congratulations to Please join me in recognizing this year’s PRNC President’s Award winner, Pam Thompson.

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Conference!

 

If you are interested in being on the conference planning committee, or you have suggestions regarding speakers, sessions, etc.,
please contact Kristen Damazio