IEDC Annual Conference Offers Opportunities to Get Your Real Estate Questions Answered

International Economic Development Council

2013 International Economic Development Council Annual Conference

Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, October 6-9, 2013


Real estate is fundamental to economic prosperity, so a well-versed economic developer can give their community a competitive edge.  From downtown development to corporate site location, IEDC’s 2013 Annual Conference will help ED pros grasp the latest trends in real estate and what it means for their efforts to build vibrant, sustainable, and economically successful communities.

Don’t Miss These Opportunities to Get Your Real Estate Questions Answered:

Corporate Real Estate Directors Session
Sunday, October 6, 3:45 p.m.

Economic developers often hear from their peers and site selection consultants, but seldom from corporate real estate advisers on site selection and facility location deal-making. Hear from senior real estate directors at global Fortune 500 companies on international markets and supply chain challenges faced by their businesses in an era in which they can choose facility locations worldwide. This session will offer the opportunity to learn the major site selection challenges faced by the corporate end-user: how to effectively communicate with the senior corporate real estate officer at a major global company, and how to look at the facility deal from the perspective of a company's senior manager. Attendees will hear unfiltered information, needs and opinions directly from the real decision makers - the buyers.


Ron Starner
General Manager
Conway Data Inc.
Norcross, GA 


Mert Livingstone
Vice President
Workplace Solutions
Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, NJ

Jack G. Smith
Real Estate Americas
Global Real Estate
Collegeville, PA

Samantha L. Turner
Senior Real Estate Manager
Weyerhaeuser Company
Federal Way, WA

Opening Plenary Session
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 p.m.

Two of Philadelphia's leaders in the commercial real estate market discuss their experiences developing projects in the region's rapidly transforming urban and suburban environment.

Keynote Speakers:

Joseph Coradino
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust
Philadelphia, PA 

Gerald Sweeney
President & CEO
Brandywine Realty Trust
Radnor, PA 


Benjamin Miller
Washington, DC 

Session: CDFIs to Crowdfunding: Tools for Community Investment
Sunday, October 6, 3:45 p.m.

New crowdfunding tools such as Fundrise allow for a greater level of direct investment in local real estate projects and other opportunities.  How can economic developers harness these tools to engage citizens in their communities and develop new sources of capital for local real estate entrepreneurs?  Hear from the co-founder of Fundrise, whose successes include the acquisition, development, and financing of more than $500 million worth of property.  

Lewis Jones
Managing Principal and Founder
5 Stone Green Capital, LLC
New York, NY 

Session: Dateline Sustainability: Putting the Triple Bottom Line to Work
Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 a.m.

With a focus on long term value and sustainability, 5 Stone Green Capital looks for opportunities where others don't. Integrating the power of technology and sustainable design to reduce operating costs and enhance profitability, 5SGC targets markets that have indicators of potential high demand for residential housing, non-discretionary retail, and green light manufacturing, together with a favorable regulatory and political environment that is supportive of green real estate development.

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August 28, 2013 - 2:21pm
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