Welcome to SymBozium

SymBozium is a forum for civil discourse presented by the Bozeman Public Library. At this divisive time in our world the need to consider and understand diverse perspectives is critical, especially within our community. This free participatory event series will feature current topics and keynote speakers representing varied points of view. Join us for principled, productive, and respectful conversations. Let’s discuss.

We are pleased to announce that SymBozium has won the national Baker & Taylor award from United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. This award is given to innovative community programs spearheaded and/or funded by library foundations.

Our Next Topic:

Who's Responsible for Affordable Housing?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Norm Asbjornson Hall at MSU

Affordable housing. Everyone talks about it, but why is it so hard to do anything about it? Subsidies? Developer incentives? Private-public partnerships? Ideas abound about how to create reasonable opportunities for those who can’t afford southwest Montana’s sky-high housing market. Still, comprehensive policies remain elusive. Join with our panelists in exploring the role the public sector should play and the challenges it faces in solving the affordable housing crisis.

Register for seats here. You will not need tickets, hope you enjoy our next topic!

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Corianne Payton Scally
Corianne Payton Scally, Ph.D., is a principal research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she explores the design, implementation, and outcomes of affordable housing policy and programs for vulnerable populations. Dr. Scally has almost 20 years of experience as a researcher and practitioner, including as an associate professor in urban planning, as well as an affordable housing developer. From 2015-2016, she led data and research initiatives at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service. She received her Ph.D. in urban planning and policy from Rutgers University.

Andrew Jakabovics
Andrew Jakabovics is vice president, policy development at Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit organization that creates opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through fit, affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. His research has focused on ownership and preservation of small multifamily properties, housing affordability in the wake of disasters, and broader issues of supply and demand for renting. He previously served as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was associate director for Housing and Economics at the Center for American Progress. Andrew currently serves on the boards of both the National Community Stabilization Trust and the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders.

Phil Rotherham
Phil Rotherham, is president of Rotherham Construction Inc, a commercial and multi-family general contractor located in Bozeman, MT.  Working as a construction laborer while earning a BS in Economics in 1973, led to starting his first construction company.  The current edition of Rotherham was created in 1994 and has completed over 1,400 affordable housing opportunities throughout Montana.   Phil serves on the Gallatin region Advisory Board for First Interstate Bank and is past member of the Bridger Bowl Board of Directors.  In addition to providing affordable and workforce housing, Phil and company support, Early Childhood Learning, Youth Athletics, and Sustainable Design. 

Moderated by: Carmen McSpadden
Currently directing Montana State University’s Leadership Institute, Carmen McSpadden also was director of the Leadership Fellows Program and adjunct faculty in management for the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship (JJCBE). Decades of board service to public schools and nonprofits, Carmen currently is President of the board of Headwaters Economics and she is a Governor’s Appointee to the Humanities Montana’s board.  Prior to MSU, Carmen co-owned a successful adventure travel company. Carmen served on Leadership Montana’s Organizing Committee, is a Class of 2006 graduate, and since 2007 has been a leadership trainer.

Upcoming Events

Winter 2020 - Medical Ethics, Date TBA

SymBozium Planning Committee

Tanya Andreasen
Susan Gregory
Kit Heffner
Dawn Hobson
Janay Johnson
Brook Merrow
Lee Selby
Kit Stephenson
Nicholas Wickes