The First Year of Small Developer Activity

duncanville boot camp
Attendees; First Small Developer Boot Camp in Duncanville, TX August, 2015

 

I tend to let too many files accumulate on my computer desktop.  As I was clearing out files today I came across the photo above and the text below.  As you can see from the photo, we did manage to put on the first boot camp in Duncanville.  By the end of 2015 we had done six bootcamps and workshops and launched non-profit to coordinate the effort to cultivate Small Developers around the US, the Incremental Development Alliance (IDA).  Next Tuesday, June 7th in Hamtramck, Michigan we will running the 7th event of 2016 the day before the 24th gathering of the Congress of the New Urbanism starts up on June 8th.

In addition to running the one day and three day training events, IDA along with Midtown, Inc has been awarded a Knight Foundation grant to do a deeper diver into the Midtown neighborhoods of Columbus Georgia, providing 18 months of extended training and mentoring for local small developers.

None of this would have been possible without the hustle and hard work of local sponsors and volunteers in each of the cities that hosted us and the ongoing efforts of the IDA staff and board.  Strong Towns helped us get started, hosting the boot camp registration for the first couple events on their website.  Lynn Richards and the staff at CNU have been tremendously supportive as we continue to figure out how to scale up the Small/Incremental Development Effort.  The CNU’s Project for Lean Urbanism was the genesis of this entire effort.  The time we spent with the Lean Urbanism Working Group exploring what it would take to Make Small Possible made it very clear that we need a new business model for development, That shifting the scale of the development enterprise was going to be critical to building better places.   Thank you everyone.

 

June 5, 2015

Things are moving FAST with the rapidly expanding Small Developer/Builders Facebook group that we set up last April prior to CNU 23 in Dallas.

I have heard from a number of group members via email and phone calls that they would be interested in a hands-on workshop on basic skills needed as a small developer builder. There is an effort percolating to hold a one day workshop for Small Builders in Atlanta the day before the National Town Builders Association (NTBA) Fall Roundtable October 16-18.

But that’s all the way into late October and folks are pressing for something much sooner.

I think we can put this together in the Dallas area rather inexpensively. If the folks attending cover their own travel, lodging and meals, if we can find a venue at modest cost. It could be a very Lean affair.  A meet-up with other folks considering or practicing as Small Developer/Builders. Connect with some mentors, roll up our sleeves and get some skills.

Here’s what we are thinking for content:

  • BUILDING FOR-RENT VS. BUILDING FOR SALE PROJECTS.
  • HOW TO DO BASIC MARKET RESEARCH.
  • PRO FORMA BASICS, SORTING OUT YOUR DEAL ON PAPER.
  • HOW TO BUDGET FOR HARD AND SOFT COSTS.
  • OPERATING EXPENSE BUDGETS AND THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT BASICS.
  • SITE SELECTION – EVALUATE SEVERAL SITES TO FIND THE BEST ONE TO START ON.
  • HOW YOUR FINANCING REQUEST LOOKS TO YOUR BANKER.
  • NAVIGATING THE APPRAISAL PROCESS.
  • HOW TO PITCH A DEAL TO AN INVESTOR.
  • DEAL STRUCTURES; ALIGNING THE INTERESTS OF PARTNERS.
  • POP-UP RETAIL AND STREET MARKETS; HOW TO CULTIVATE TENANTS (WHEN YOU HAVE NO MONEY).
  • UNDERSTANDING FHA LOAN PROGRAMS 203(B) AND 203(K) FOR 4 UNIT PROJECTS.
  • DEALING WITH CONSTRUCTION IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CONSTRUCTION BACKGROUND (AND EVEN IF YOU DO).
  • COMMON SENSE DESIGN STRATEGIES AND WORKING WITH ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS.
  • MULTIPLE ON-RAMPS, SCENARIOS FOR HOW TO GET STARTED AS A DEVELOPER/BUILDER.
  • A STANDARD 4-PLEX DEAL; ALL RESIDENTIAL OR SMALL MIXED USE BUILDING.
  • A STANDARD COTTAGE COURT DEAL.

What other content should we cover?

We are thinking folks would arrive in time for food and drink on Friday evening, leave after lunch on Sunday.  We are doing this on August 14-16,  Who’s in?

 

8 thoughts on “The First Year of Small Developer Activity

  1. Dustin June 6, 2016 / 6:44 am

    For those of us that can’t make it to Dallas, has there been any thought to broadcasting this like a webinar or simply recording it for later downloading/streaming? Personally, I can’t do the travel part but would be happy to pay the price of admission if there were a way to have access to the information.

    • rjohnanderson June 6, 2016 / 6:56 am

      IDA has been collecting and editing video from workshops around the US and will be putting content up on the IncrementalDevelopment.org website.

  2. Upstreamdancer-Loni June 16, 2016 / 11:19 am

    I have a contact who is an event planner in Dallas. If you give me the specific room needs for the venue and the body count you anticipate, I can see if he can get you a “lean” venue, catering and nearby hotel rate for August Bootcamp. Loni

  3. rjohnanderson June 16, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Thanks Loni, I will keep this in mind. We have an excellent venue we used last time at Manny Rodriguez’s photography Studio in North Oak Cliff .

    • Upstreamdancer-Loni June 16, 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Do you know if the Bootcamp’s “a go” then for Aug 12-14, and if so, can you point us to hotels close by? I’m not on Facebook so need a heads up for flight/accommodation planning. Thanks.

  4. rjohnanderson June 17, 2016 / 7:13 am

    Loni, I think you are misreading the blog post. The August dates were from the original Facebook post from June 2015. The August 2015 boot camp in Duncanville was the first Bootcamp we put together and the group photo at the top of the post was taken then. I reposted as part of a recap of what had happened in a little less than a year. For upcoming events The calendar on the Incremental Development Alliance website is the best place to see the dates for upcoming workshops. Www. Incrementaldevelopment.org

  5. Upstreamdancer-Loni June 17, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    You’re right, I didn’t register the date change in the post. Damn, sorry!

  6. bmock June 28, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Just want to say that I really appreciate the work you guys are doing. It’s been wonderful watching the fb group fill up and seeing small dev gaining wider and wider attention.

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