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February Small Scale Development Boot Camp!

Small Scale Development Boot Camp in February

Are you tired of seeing big developments go up that don't fit the needs of your neighborhood? Have you ever dreamed of creating a housing community? Do you want to see human-scale buildings that support local businesses?

The Small Scale Developer Boot Camp is your chance to learn everything you need to know in order to take your project out of the imaginary realm, and into into a viable, bricks on the ground enterprise. Portland has always been known as a DIY town -- and if we're going to address the true needs of our community, then we're going to have to put our brains, our skills, and our creativity to work to build it ourselves. 

Early Bird rates are good through this Friday evening. For more information and to register, check out Orange Splot's website.

Portland development luminary Eli Spevak (a newly appointed planning committee member, and the developer of community-focused developments like Sabin Green and Cully Grove) and the Incremental Development Alliance are offering a 1 day workshop that will provide technical skills and resources to navigate:

  • Development financing
  • Zoning and entitlement
  • Site selection and
  • Building design

in order to assemble your own small-scale real estate deal.

This is an incredible chance to learn about small-scale development from some of the brightest minds and most radical thinkers in the industry. We need you to have this education -- please come!

What Small Scale Developers Actually Do

If you've always wanted to create homes for neighborhood businesses or to launch new little housing communities, then you're speaking to exactly what small-scale developers do. This training will provide the practical tools to get started.

Small-scale residential, commercial or mixed-use buildings are flexible, functional, and human-scaled. Commercial and mixed-use buildings are the platform for local merchants, restaurateurs and other entrepreneurs who are the cornerstones to the overall economic health of our communities. 

Community-oriented residential developments provide relatively affordable in-fill housing options at a critical but largely neglected scale between single-family homes and 4+ story apartments. Yet very few of these buildings are being built new today and existing ones are in duress. 

This represents an opportunity for small developers to create successful projects in a niche market not currently being served by major real estate developers. 

Notes on the 1-Day Workshop for Small-Scale Development

This 1-day workshop will provide technical skills and resources to navigate development financing, zoning and entitlement, site selection, and building design in order assemble your own small scale real estate deal.

The workshop will also address the process of becoming developer, including making a transition from your day job (or not), risk management, quality of life, and basic business setup. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their own potential projects or test case studies to review during the open office hours with experts to discuss real project challenges.

February 9, 6:00 – 8:00pm: Local & Guest PechaKucha presentations (The Zipper at NE 27th and Sandy)
February 10, all day: Small Scale Developer Training Day (Portland State University’s Native American Student and Community Center)
February 10, evening: Follow up “office hours” with the experts (The Kennedy School)

Registration is now open, and Early Bird rates are good through this Friday evening.

For more information and to register, check out Orange Splot's website.

Additional resources for Small Scale Developers and Builders can be found here, on the Congress for New Urbanism’s website.

This training is sponsored by the Incremental Development Alliance in collaboration with Orange Splot LLC, and will be hosted at Portland State University and The Zipper. The Incremental Development Alliance is a nonprofit organization at the nexus of real estate and economic development, creating a new strategy for economic prosperity at the most local level: our neighborhoods.