April Gates works at ERA Brokers Consolidated, and she has served the Hurricane Valley and Springdale side of Washington County for quite some time. In our interview we talk about a few aspects of attainable housing, including city policies that could help as well as the impact of vacation rentals on our market.
Heather Johnson studied architectural drafting at Dixie Tech, and as part of her studies she came up with a creative idea to help with bringing more affordable housing options to market. In this episode, she and her professor, Dr. William McMurrin, share about her project and ideas.
In this opening episode, we’ll be discussing the 2020 report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute from the University of Utah that recommends best practices for affordable housing. For the first season, each episode will focus on attainable housing.
Something new is coming to this website. I would describe myself as beyond excited, but that would be too short. I am excited, but I am also nervous, thrilled, and if there were another word for nervous that involved introverts stressing about having to talk to people they respect, admire, and don’t know very well about a subject near and dear to their hearts—well that would be the other thing beyond excited.I often have this conversation.
Well-meaning loved one (WMLO): “What have you been up to?”
Me: “I’m going to graduate school.”
WMLO: “What are you studying, and where are you going to school?”
Me: “Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric at Utah Tech University.”
WMLO: (confused look)
Me: “It’s a kind of Masters degree in English.”
“What will you do with it?”
Me: “I don’t really know.”
Part of my reason for going to graduate school, aside from it being a dream, was because I was having second thoughts about doing real estate. I’m an introvert. Can introverts succeed as realtors? That is a great question for another time. As I have gone through my program I figured out that I do in fact care deeply about the housing market. It affects every person, and in our county in particular housing is a huge issue. People who have lived here for generations are wanting so much to hold on to our agricultural heritage, but we also want our children to be able to live here. What can we do? Well, remember the “Digital Rhetoric” part of my degree title? It turns out that Podcasting is a form of Digital Rhetoric. So for part of my major project portfolio, I will be launching a podcast here on this blog very soon. I can’t wait to share it with you. I have interviewed some amazing people already, and I’m just putting the finishing touches the first few episodes. So hold tight, and soon you will be able to listen to the Jenny Chamberlain Podcast, and this first season we are going to focus in on Attainable Housing in Washington County.