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State Leadership On Affordable Housing And Sustainable Urban Development

October 5, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

While global challenges are addressed by national governments, increasingly subnational actors such as states, communities, and cities have to take action when traditional nation-states have been unable to make progress due to political polarization and partisan gridlocks. This trend has also characterized transatlantic relations and the German-American partnership. The German-American State Legislator Dialogue focuses on the role of state representatives from both countries in addressing common transatlantic challenges at the state and local level.

In recent years, many cities in Germany and the United States have experienced dramatic increases in real estate values such that affordable housing is no longer available for both lower-income and many middle-class residents. The rise in prices is caused by a range of issues including housing shortages or high demand in regions with strong job markets. Coupled with rising energy prices, affordable housing and sustainable urban development have become critical issues for communities in both countries. To ensure that urban areas remain vibrant and diverse, policymakers need to explore new policy tools that address zoning, taxes and subsidies, and smart growth, among other issues. How are U.S. states and German Länder helping their urban communities confront these challenges?

Join the American Council on Germany and the Aspen Institute Germany for our next State-to-State: German-American State Legislator Dialogue for a discussion with German and American state legislators including Dr. Anke Frieling (CDU), Hamburg Parliament; Mathias Schulz (SPD), Berlin House of Representatives; and Marvin E. Holmes, Jr. (D), Maryland House of Delegates.

Dr. Anke Frieling has been a member of the Hamburg Parliament since 2020 and is deputy chair of the CDU parliamentary group in Hamburg. As the spokesperson for urban development and science, she is committed to ensuring that living, working, research, and education remain attractive for Hamburg’s citizens today and in the future. Dr. Frieling studied business administration at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and earned her doctorate at Freie Universität Berlin. She has held leadership positions with various companies in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Hamburg.

Marvin E. Holmes, Jr. has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for almost 20 years and currently serves as Chair of the Housing and Real Property Subcommittee, Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee within the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, and is a member of the Land Use & Ethics Subcommittee. Before his election to the General Assembly, Delegate Holmes served on the Board of Directors, Economic Development Corporation. He is a proud graduate of Tuskegee University with a degree in Engineering and Construction Management and an accomplished realtor and President & CEO of ME Holmes, LLC where he enjoys helping people find the perfect home especially when affordability is an issue across the nation.

Mathias Schulz has been a member of the Berlin House of Representatives since 2021 and is the spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group for urban development, for queer policy, for federal affairs and for Brandenburg. Mr. Schulz, who is a trained locomotive driver and attorney, currently also works in the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV).


October 5, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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