Place-Making Economic Development Strategies & Real Estate Innovation Symposium at the University of Illinois


October 23rd | 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
iHotel Conference Center
Champaign, IL 61820

7:30 AM
Registration & Breakfast

8:00 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Jeffrey R. Brown, Dean, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Laura Frerichs, Director, Research Park & Economic Development, University of Illinois
  • Jim Schultz, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, DCEO
  • Deborah Frank Feinen, Esq., Mayor, City of Champaign
  • Dr. Roger Cannaday, Associate Professor Emeritus, College of Business, University of Illinois

8:45 – 10:15 AM
Panel 1: Marketing Strategies that Create “Place-Making” Economic Development & New Demand for Real Estate

  • Jim Schultz, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, DCEO
  • Dr. Dan Young, Adjunct Professor – Horn Program for Entrepreneurship, University of Delaware
  • Dr. Michael H. Casson, Director, UCEDIT, Associate Professor, Delaware State University
  • Craig Rost, Executive Director, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
  • Andrew Duffell, MBA, CEO, The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University
  • Alex Ruggieri, CRE, CCIM, MBA, Sperry Van Ness – Ramshaw Real Estate (Moderator)

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel 2: Real Estate’s Connectivity and Optimization for Social Value & Innovation in Communities
(Research & Innovation Parks, CityLabs, Data Analytics, Inclusion & Diversity Plans)

  • Alexei V. Tchistyi, PhD, Associate Professor, UIUC, Director – Office of Real Estate Research
  • Dave Cocagne, President & CEO, Vermilion Development, Adjunct Faculty, Kellogg School
  • Scott Harding, Carle Foundation Hospital, VP, Facilities & Support Services Administration
  • Lindsay Thompson, PhD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, CityLab
  • Tom Anderson, Global Product Owner, Real Estate Solutions and RE Cockpit, SAP
  • David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, Sperry Van Ness – Corporate Property Strategies (Moderator)

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