Philippe Jordi, executive director of Martha’s Vineyard’s Island Housing Trust, will speak at a housing symposium at the MDI Biological Laboratory on May 11. PHOTO COURTESY OF ISLAND HOUSING TRUST

Symposium looks at MDI housing needs

BAR HARBOR — An Island Housing Symposium will be hosted by Island Housing Trust at MDI Biological Laboratory’s Maren Auditorium on Thursday, May 11, from 2-7 p.m.

The symposium will bring in experts to share their experiences in addressing their communities’ housing challenges.

Philippe Jordi, executive director of Island Housing Trust on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., will discuss how his organization and community have made successful inroads addressing the housing needs of their island residents. Jordi’s work with the trust has focused on creating scattered site ownership and rental housing that fits within existing neighborhoods and provides long-term affordability.

Among the successful approaches, the trust has developed ground lease restrictions and energy-efficient design and construction. Jordi has 28 years of experience as a community development specialist, is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y.

Labor economist John Dorrer will discuss economic and housing trends in Hancock County and MDI. Over the last 35 years, Dorrer has worked at the local, state and national levels in a variety of leadership, executive and technical roles. In Maine, he served for over seven years as the director of the Center for Workforce Research and Information at the Maine Department of Labor.

Developer Kevin Bunker of Developers Collaborative will describe challenges to development, including how land costs and zoning impact projects. Bunker brings experience in complex financing models, including tax increment financing, the use of tax credits and other public private partnerships, all leading to creative projects that build community and strengthen Maine’s economy in innovative ways.

Panelists Eliza Fleming-Ives, Robert Osborne and Hannah Pingree will address possibilities for funding, zoning and land use ordinances, and policies to alleviate housing needs.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Sponsors include The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor Savings and Loan, Doug Gott & Sons and Lark Studio. Space is limited, and registration is strongly encouraged. Participants can register at or by contacting Alison Beane, IHT executive director, at 244-8011.



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