PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Redeveloping Blighted Properties: Tools and Strategies

  • 09/19/2012
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Online Webinar (Log-in credentials will be provided to registrants in advance of the session.)


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PEDA Member Rate: $75
Non-Member Rate: $99

This seminar will focus on practical approaches for redeveloping blighted properties.  These approaches include the use of tools authorized by state legislation to prevent blight and to intervene at the earliest possible stage to arrest blight.  The purchase of blighted properties as well as the use of eminent domain by public entities as a last resort will also be discussed.

The seminar is targeted at economic and community development professionals, local public officials, private and non-profit developers and other community stakeholders.

The seminar will feature:

 ·        Review of state laws relating to prohibited purchasers at tax sales

·        Voluntary purchase and real estate development options, including topics for negotiating with blighted property owners

·        Review of PA Eminent Domain Code

·        PA Abandoned Property and Conservatorship Act

·        Neighborhood Reclamation and Revitalization Act (Act 90 of 2010)

·        Redevelopment of properties by public or non-profit organizations, including a discussion of the capacity needed to undertake such projects.

The case studies utilized in this seminar are based on projects undertaken by the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority.

Mr. Gulotta served as Executive Director of the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities of Cumberland County for thirty years between 1980 and 2010.  In this position, he was responsible for developing and implementing housing and community development strategies for Cumberland and Perry Counties.

Mr. Gulotta has led strategic planning sessions with elected and appointed officials, non- profit organizations as well as private citizens in a variety of areas including economic and community development, homelessness, and the redevelopment of downtowns and rural town centers.

Mr. Gulotta is a recognized expert on how to package public and public financing to obtain results. During his time with the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities the organization had over twenty-five national and state award winning projects which addressed compelling community needs, demonstrated innovation and leveraged private funding.  Additionally, his working knowledge of the real estate development process has been helpful in moving projects from the concept phase to the build-out phase.

Mr. Gulotta is a graduate of Dickinson College, the Penn State University Masters Degree Program in Urban and Regional Planning, and the Dickinson School of Law.  He has served on several statewide and regional boards and, throughout his career, has received numerous awards, among them the 2010 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Supportive Housing Award, the 2008 Leadership Award from the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, and the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from Dickinson College.

Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Real Estate Development / Redevelopment) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

*Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a full refund will be provided to registrants.


System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

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