Manchester Chamber - Reality Check for Workforce Housing

Expert Panel to Discuss Economic Issues Affecting the Region’s Housing Market

MANCHESTER, NH - The Metro Center-NH Housing Coalition, a regional economic development initiative of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, is excited to offer an in-depth program focused on the current status, needs, and future outlook of the housing market in the greater Manchester region. The event, scheduled to take place on December 10, 2008 from 7:30 to 9:00 am at the Derryfield Restaurant, will look at: (1) the impact of the current economic crisis on the credit environment and how it is affecting housing developers and homebuyers, (2) how to ensure your workforce is properly housed in this economic climate, (3) the challenges associate with buying a home in a tight lending environment, and (4) how to set expectations as a first-time homebuyer or renter.

The expert panel for this event includes:

  • Robert Tourigny, Executive Director, Neighborworks Greater Manchester discussing the challenges facing homebuyers and developers in this new lending environment,
  • Andre Garron, Director of Community Development, Town of Londonderry offering a town perspective on how to approach the workforce housing issue,
  • Bill Caselden, Great Bridge Properties offering the perspective of a private workforce housing developer, and
  • Sabrina Granville, VP of Human Resources, Elliot Hospital offering the perspective of a major regional employer struggling to fill open positions.

Attendees will also be treated to a special guest speaker who will share her story and the trials and tribulations she and her husband faced when purchasing a home. The event will be moderated by George Reagan of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.

The cost to attend is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members and includes breakfast. Online registration is available at or by emailing Emily De Puy at The media is welcome to attend.