500 Communities Training Program: Katie McCamant

Presented by Katie McCamant

Gathering Description

Come join an introduction and discussion of the 500 Communities Training Program

Launched in September 2015 and now engaged in its 2nd year training, this year-long Program is for passionate entrepreneurs who want to contribute to the goal of building the next 500 communities while working collaboratively and supporting each other. Over the last three decades, CoHousing Solutions' President Katie McCamant has consulted on, designed or developed dozens of cohousing communities. Through this Program, Katie is formalizing what she's been doing for years informally: train other collaborators to grow the ability of CoHousing Solutions to meet the expanding need for professional support in creating new communities.

The Program’s first-year graduate class is already hard at work on projects around the country, and the second-year class is deep into training up through August 2017. After a planned brief hiatus, the Program will be recruiting new applicants for the Fall 2018 Class. Explore if this Program might be for you with this introduction, meet graduates and current Program trainees, and ask any burning questions you have. It’s never too early to launch your plans for a new and exciting career in cohousing! Learn more at www.cohousing-solutions.com/intro-to-500-communities/

Click here for an Invitation to the 500 Communities Gathering with bios of past and current participants.

About the Presenter

Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions is a licensed architect and coauthor of the authoritative book on cohousing, Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, which introduced this housing model to North America. Katie co-founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett, in 1987. Since then, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities in the United States and Canada. Her new company, CoHousing Solutions, provides development and marketing consulting services to cohousing groups all over the country. Her expertise includes setting up project budgets, structuring financing, facilitating planning approvals, finding construction financing, contractor selection, construction management, marketing and membership processes, and community policy creation. She also works with groups to find appropriate development partners, and then assists in structuring those partnerships. Katie was a founding board member of The Cohousing Association, been recognized as a Dwell Leader by Dwell magazine, and in 2008 was named Developer of the Year by The Cohousing Association. Her projects have won numerous awards. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley and completed her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California, for 12 years, she now lives at Nevada City Cohousing.