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Episode 239: Creating Accessible Communities: Mark Conine Discusses the Future of Affordable Housing in Northwest Arkansas

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“Let’s keep moving that needle and getting more affordable units on the ground. Hitting singles may not be home runs, but eventually, we’ll score runs and make a big impact.”

 – Mark Conine

In this episode of “I am Northwest Arkansas,” we’re thrilled to introduce you to Mark Conine, a lifelong Arkansan and a true leader with a passion for affordable housing. Mark’s journey began as a CPA, but he’s now making a significant impact as the President of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

Join us as Mark shares his inspiring story, starting with his roots in the state and how he carved his path towards a career dedicated to improving housing accessibility for fellow Arkansans. As the President of the ADFA, he’s at the forefront of making homeownership dreams come true for many in the region.

Mark’s innovative approach involves forging essential partnerships between public institutions and private developers, a strategy that’s proven effective in bridging the gap in affordable housing. His unwavering commitment to this cause is not only changing lives but also reshaping the housing landscape in Arkansas.

Tune in to this episode to learn from Mark’s financial acumen, leadership insights, and vision for a more affordable and accessible housing future in Northwest Arkansas.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Unravel the challenge of affordable housing in the Northwest Arkansas region.
  • Learn about amending zoning laws to accommodate mixed-use and high-density developments.
  • Debunk myths and misunderstandings clouding the concept of affordable housing.
  • Discover the significance of community participation in the real estate development process.
  • Track the future course of affordable housing shaped by mixed-use developments and developer partnerships. 

All this and more on this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast. 

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*

  • Connect with Mark Conine at ADFA
  • Visit the website of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA) to learn more about their work in affordable housing development in Northwest Arkansas.
  • Explore the resources and programs offered by ADFA for developers interested in building affordable housing units in the area.
  • Check out the Future Is Now Speaker series hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Council to stay updated on discussions about workforce diversity, workforce development, and housing affordability in Northwest Arkansas.
  • Consider attending first-time homebuyer classes or workshops to gain a better understanding of the home-buying process and explore opportunities for homeownership in Northwest Arkansas.
  • Keep an eye out for incentives and funding options available for developers interested in building affordable housing units and consider partnering with ADFA for support.

Tune in to KUAF 91.3 FM to listen to the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast on Ozarks at Large.

This episode is sponsored by*

Signature Bank of Arkansas “Community Banking at its Best!”

Northwest Arkansas Council – “Life Works Here!”

*Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.

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