Homeport Happenings -- June 2017 Edition

Panel Discusses How To Avoid 'Losing Your Shirt'

Maude Hill,  center, Homeport's Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations/Resource Development.

Maude Hill,  center, Homeport's Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations/Resource Development.

Homeport VP Joins Discussion On Effective Development Strategy

Homeport Vice President Maude Hill participated on May 5 in a candid discussion by real estate executives on how to avoid getting financially snagged while winning  community support during the approval process. 

The best practices and lessons learned program,  titled "How to Go Through the Public Process Without Losing Your Shirt," was organized by Urban Land Institute of Columbus and Insight2050.

“We were asked to tell about a project we were involved in that went well. I used our Barrett development in Merion Village as an example," said Hill, Homeport's Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations/Resource Development. "I told how we worked with the community to make sure they were level set. I also stated that community collaboration positions you for success for the next project. It builds trust in you as a company and as a product.”

Other panelists were Chris Hermann, principal of MKSK, a regional landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, Mark Wagenbrenner, president of Wagenbrenner Development, and Brent Crawford, principal and founder of Crawford Hoying, a Dublin-based, transaction-based real estate company.

The program was facilitated by Marie Keister, president of Murphy Epson public relations. Pictured left to right in the photo are Keister, Hermann, Hill, Wagenbrenner and Crawford.


Turning Mother's Day Into Empowerment Day

Under the heading of “Every Day is Mother’s Day,” Columbus Area Integrated Health Services (CAIHS) coordinated a Spa & Self-Care Night on May 15 at the community center of Homeport’s George’s Creek Apartments.

The program drew 25 George’s Creek residents who came for beauty and health services including manicures, pedicures, eye brow waxing, hair styling, as well as free food and healthy eating and exercise literature.

The 2.5-hour event was created by CAIHS, a Homeport Resident Services partner, with the goal of empowering the women and families of the community. It could lead to formation of a women’s group at George’s Creek.


The Columbus Foundation's #TheBigTable

On May 17, Homeport hosted the The Columbus Foundation #TheBigTable. The topic was "Exploring Community Challenges: How do you see yourself/org as a part of the Central Ohio Community?" Thanks to Joe Ciminello, Ciminello, Inc., Isaac Barton, Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio - VOAGO, Tom Feusse, The Wallick Companies, Jim Coleman, Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc., Rachel Lustig, Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Columbus, Heather Swiger, St. Vincent DePaul, Seleshi Ayalew Asfaw, Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services-ETSS, and Bruce Luecke, Homeport.


Happy Birthday To Us!

Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke and Homeport Board Chair Chris Hune.

Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke and Homeport Board Chair Chris Hune.

Time To Cut The Cake

On May 17, 1987, Columbus Neighborhood Partnership, later to be Columbus Housing Partnership, and now Homeport, held its first board meeting. Thirty years to the day we celebrated with a cake and coffee event in the lobby of our building at 3443 Agler Road. Leading the festivities -- and the cake cutting -- were Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke and Homeport Board Chair Chris Hune.


Banking On Homeport

Huntington Bank President Steve Steinour.

Huntington Bank President Steve Steinour.

Stephen D. Steinour, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Huntington National Bank stopped by our office on May 22 for a discussion of the impact of affordable housing in the community and the critical role Homeport plays. Staff took the chance to ask Mr. Steinour questions about leadership, marketing and the future of the banking industry.