May 8 Principal, Karen Black, is a sought after speaker and is regularly featured in the press. Black consistently receives high marks from audiences for engaging presentations full of important information and “how to’s” that audience members can use to improve their own communities or organizations. As a result, May 8 provides lasting impact long after they leave the stage. Recent topics include foreclosure prevention and recovery techniques that work, community revitalization best practices, zoning reform and updating development rules and how to improve a small business climate. See some recent speaking engagements and press mentions below. Please contact us to request a speaker at email@example.com. Members of the press can reach Karen Black at 610-891-8260.
Speeches and Presentations
- Improving Rental Housing through Innovative Code Enforcement, Shared Prosperity Roundtable (October 27, 2016).
- Market-Informed Decision-Making for Strategic Code Enforcement Success Training, Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (September 29-30, 2016).
- Neighborhood Revitalization Impact of Scattered Site Rental Housing, Center for Community Progress, Baltimore MD (September 29, 2016).
- Affordable Housing, Development and the Future of the City, The Philadelphia Citizen (April 25, 2016).
- Improving the Neighborhood Fabric - Effective and Equitable Regulatory Strategies for Owner-Occupied Properties, Center for Community Progress Code Enforcement Academy, Dallas TX (November 17, 2015).
- Women Shaping A Better Tomorrow: The Urban Environment, University of Pennsylvania Association of Alumnae (October 12, 2015).
- Bottom Line Benefit – Unlocking Property Values through Tackling Blight, Webinar (April 8, 2015).
- Breaking Ground, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (March 12, 2015).
- Housing Quality and Health Outcomes: Smart Choices for a Stronger City, roundtable sponsored jointly by the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (February 25, 2015).
- Blight to Bright: 25 Tools Proven to Eliminate Blight in Pennsylvania, 14th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Baltimore (January 31, 2015).
- Equitable Development: Thorny Issues, Common Lessons and Leading Strategies for Places Large and Small, 14th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Baltimore (January 30, 2015).
- Blight to Bright, Affinity Dinner, Homes within Reach Conference, Harrisburg PA (November 17, 2014).
- Supporting Growth & Protecting Residents: Lessons Learned from West Philadelphia's Equitable Development Strategy, Homes within Reach Conference, Harrisburg PA (November 17, 2014).
- Cultivating Health for Success, Homes within Reach Conference, Harrisburg PA (Nov 18, 2014).
- Land Bank and Development: A Continuing Legal Education training for City Attorneys, (July 29, 2014).
- From Blight to Bright: A How To for Local Officials, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, Homestead PA (July 24, 2014).
- Being Resilient When Disaster Strikes, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Reinventing Older Communities Conference (May 13, 2014).
- Digging Into Strategic Code Enforcement, Homes within Reach Conference (November 12, 2013).
- The Role of CDCs in Enhancing the Built Environment, Design on the Delaware Conference (October 30, 2013).
- "Taking Care of Business - A Progress Report", Social Venture Institute (October 19, 2012).
- "Planning for Proactive Control of your Neighborhood's Future", Preservation Alliance Annual Conference (October 12, 2012).
- Vacant Land Reform, West Philadelphia Block Captains Forum (August 4, 2012).
- Building a Strong Small Business Sector in the Global Economy, Federal Reserve Bank Reinventing Conference (May 10, 2012).
- Foreclosure Prevention and its Role in Neighborhood Stabilization, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey Membership Meeting (December 8, 2011).
- Taking Care of Business: Improving Philadelphia’s Small Business Climate, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia Social Venture Institute (November 18, 2011).
- Overstudied and Underserved — Uses of the Law to Promote Healthy Sustainable Urban Communities, Philadelphia’s Fourth Annual Symposium on Equality (October 6, 2011).
- No Place Like Home: Philadelphia’s Approach to Foreclosure Prevention, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Community Development Event (September 18, 2011).
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- Strategies for Promoting a New Zoning Code, Next Great City Luncheon (July 7, 2011).
- Maintaining the Viability of Small-Scale Rental Housing, Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank Roundtable Forum (March 11, 2011).
- Emerging Research and Evaluation Practices for Foreclosure Mediation Programs, U.S. Department of Justice National Workshop (March 7, 2011).
- Creating Development Opportunities in Neighborhoods, Philadelphia Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods Conference (September 20, 2010).
Featured in Press
- Karen Black, Think Scattered Site Rehab Is Too Expensive? Think Again, Shelterforce Magazine (October 3, 2016).
- Sandy Smith, Blight-Fighting Tactic Found to Double Nearby Real Estate Values, Next City (October 5, 2016).
- Jeff Murdock, City launches new web page for developers, residents, The News Journal (September 13, 2016).
- Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, Healthy Rowhouse Project aims to help residents fix their homes to fix their health. Is it also the answer to gentrification?, The Citizen (October 14, 2015).
- Alexis Stephens, How Philly Could Fight Gentrification with Rowhouse Fix-Ups, Next City (June 1, 2015).
- Matt Gelb, On Ridge Avenue progress would go by the initials PHA, Philadelphia Inquirer (June 4, 2015).
- Patrick Cloonan, Mon Valley called "ground zero" for blight, Tribune-Review (July 25, 2014).
- Karen Black, Philadelphia Achieves Land Bank Through Compromise, Shelterforce Magazine (January, 2014)
- Diane Mastrull, It's a Mixed Blend, Philadelphia Inquirer (September 24, 2012)
- David Brodwin, How Government Can Unleash Small Business to Grow the Economy, US News and World Report, (May 10, 2012)
- Feather Houstoun, Collective Impact and the Modern City, Governing Magazine (May 9, 2012) Features May 8's Work with the FixItPhilly Coalition.
- Alan Heavens, Modular Construction Popular in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Inquirer (April 15, 2012).
- Elise Vider, The New Urban Revival, Metropolis (April 8, 2012).
- Foreign Home Buyers Could Solve Our Housing Crisis, But What's the Cost? KNPR Public Radio Las Vegas (December 9, 2011).
- Diane Mastrull, Pointing Out the Obstacles, Philadelphia Inquirer (November 21, 2011).
- City Gives Small Business The Blues, Philadelphia Daily News Editorial (November 22, 2011).
“Taking Care of Business: Improving Philadelphia’s Small Business Climate,” could spark some rejoicing because it is the opposite of a dry and boring report. It is clear, coherent and compelling, and provides action steps and common-sense solutions that could provide some canny elected official — the mayor, for example, or certain members of City Council — with a working blueprint for changing the city’s economy.”
- Holly Otterbein, Lowlights Of The Zoning Code, Philadelphia Daily News(September 20, 2011)
- Dan Snyder and Juliet DeRose, South Philadelphia: Home Repair Crisis Looms Large in Neighborhoods, A Special Report: Housing in South Philadelphia, Temple’s Urban Reporting Lab (June 25, 2011).
- Keith Rolland, Maintaining the Viability of Small-Scale Rental Housing, Cascade Magazine No.77 (Spring/Summer 2011).