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Joan Hoover Appointed President of Conifer

Conifer Realty announced today that it has appointed Joan Hoover as its President. Ms. Hoover has over 25 years of experience in the financial management and development of affordable housing. Ms. Hoover has a great passion for personal and professional growth, both her own and others, and is interested in intrinsic motivation, self-deception in leadership and emotional systems theory. Since joining Conifer in 2007, Ms. Hoover has been responsible for multiple functions including financing, acquisition & dispositions and most recently, she has led a talented multidisciplinary team of Development, Finance, Legal and Human Resources associates.

As Conifer Realty has grown, succession planning has been a key strategic objective for more than 10 years. “It is a privilege to be in a key leadership position at Conifer during a period of significant growth and change. As Conifer grows, so must our Leadership. I look forward to working with incredibly talented professionals to support high performing teams,” says Hoover. “We are very fortunate at Conifer to have a team of committed, bright, kind, individuals that truly make a difference in people’s lives every day. This Team is the reason Conifer is able to Build A HOME for Possibilities for those who need it most.”

“It is because of Joan’s strong leadership skills and the depth and breadth of the organization’s diverse employee base, that allows Conifer to Do What We Do Better and devote significant time and efforts to new growth initiatives,” said Tim Fournier, Chairman and CEO of Conifer.

Ms. Hoover serves on NH&RA’s Board of Directors and serves an officer on NH&RA’s Executive Committee.

Robinson Cole’s Jerome Garciano Updates Green Tax Incentive Compendium

Robinson Cole has published its updated “Green Tax Incentive Compendium.”  This volume presents federal and state tax incentives promoting the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Each section outlines the basic features and regulatory requirements for a tax program which provides financial incentives for clean technology development through renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. For additional assistance with these tax incentives please contact Jerome Garciano at 617.557.5944 or (

R4 Names Ronne Thielen as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy; Cory Bannister rejoins R4 Capital as Western Region Director of LIHTC Acquisitions

R4 Capital recently announced the appointment of NH&RA Past Chair and Current Board of Director member, Ronne Thielen as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. R4 Capital also announced that Cory Bannister has rejoined the firm to assume Ms. Thielen’s role as Director of LIHTC Acquisitions for the Western Region.

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New CEO Named to Lead Enterprise Community Partners

Priscilla Almodovar has been named CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, following a unanimous vote by its board of trustees. Almodovar is a former Enterprise trustee and joins Enterprise from JPMorgan Chase. Prior to her time at JPMorgan Chase, Almodovar was CEO and president of New York State’s housing finance and mortgage agencies, where she is credited with transforming the agencies and leading them during the Great Recession.

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Three Developers Selected to Participate in Indiana’s Moving Forward Rural Development Program

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) announced that Biggs Development, Justice Property Management & Greystone Affordable Development and Woda Cooper Companies were selected to participate in the Moving Forward Rural Development (RD) Program. IHCDA, in partnership with Energy Systems Network (ESN), will work with these three groups to take on the challenge to preserve a minimum of 30 USDA Rural Development (RD) properties.

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“Faster, Better, More: Promising Construction and Technology Approaches for Accelerated and Efficient Affordable Housing Development”

A new paper, prepared for BRIDGE Housing by Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), focuses on available technologies and strategies that can impact materials and labor costs. The paper explores the benefits, potential cost savings, challenges and considerations of techniques such as offsite construction, including panelized systems, complete modules and hybrid typologies.