URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE: FULLING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE PROYECT PORTFOLIO 1986 - 2011 Gabriel Nagy International Consultant – Housing, Finance and Development Architect Msc. Planning and Urban Economics Port of Spain, Trinidad. May 2011
Introduction Note: The opinion and recommendations in this document are exclusive responsibility of the author. This are the authors notes on Community Development issues. This document highlights the importance of economic development among poor urban communities. It suggests homeownership is the primary means by which communities achieve stability and their residents overcome poverty, achieve financial security end economic independence. It seeks to examine the barriers that impede large affordable housing production in our communities and proposes strategic measures through which such production may be increased.
Development and Sustainable Investing in Communities The driving forces behind economic development, and healthy and strong community are diverse housing opportunities, fair property taxes, sustainable public and private investment (infrastructure, social programs), increase community access to development funding, strong participation, management, monitoring and accountability, access to high-quality services and transportation, reduce risks and vulnerability.
National Housing and Savings Fund (FNA), Colombia. Housing Finance and Community Development Specialist, Deputy Director. 01/1989 - 09/1991 Mortgage and Housing Projects (PEH ProyectosEspecificosHabitacionales). Managed finance and construction of large housing and urban development projects. Overall construction process, on-time and on-budget delivery of more than 15,000 new housing units in 80 residential projects nationally. Executed and supervised a $800,000 facility expansion and renovation project, and a 3,100 low-income housing planning and design international competition.
Fervel Construction Company, Colombia Senior Community Development Specialist, General Manager (CEO). 08/1995 - 2/1998 Construction Finance and Housing Development. Responsible for overall management of a $100 million (annual sales), and 22-year-old construction company. Oversaw project cycle development, feasibility, finance, site planning, architecture design, budgeting, programming, management and marketing of more than 800 new housing units. Over a three year period, increased housing sales by 20 percent. Housing and Loans Corporation (Colpatria), Colombia. Construction Finance and Community Development Specialist, National Director. 09/1991 - 08/1993 Construction and Housing Finance. Advised on management, finance, programming, urban and architectural design, construction, marketing and sales to medium and large property developers and construction companies delivering more than 80 affordable housing, residential and commercial developments and 14,000 loan operations.
Bogotá Planning Department (DAPD), Colombia Senior Urban and Regional Planner/Project Manager, Deputy Director. 02/1998 - 11/1998 Land regularization in Bogotá. Implemented successful municipal finance mechanisms aiming slum upgrading programs, public infrastructure investment and housing finance for home improvements. Provided leadership accelerating urban inclusion and slum up-grading of more than 360 unregulated settlements benefiting more than 300,000 very low income/poverty stricken families.