The lowdown on InDevelopment

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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The second annual InDevelopment conference for the New North brings together key players in commercial and economic development from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on  Jan. 13 at the KI Center in Green Bay. The City of Green Bay will be the host sponsor for the event, coordinated by Insight Publications.

InDevelopment offers a fantastic opportunity for real estate developers, commercial real estate sales professionals, engineers, architects, general contractors, investors, lenders and municipal development directors to learn about projects in the works throughout Northeast Wisconsin and identify people they might want to collaborate with, says Derek Lord, economic development director for the city of Green Bay.

“This is going to be a great event,” says Lord. “It’s about making connections and making deals happen. We’re excited this event will be held in Green Bay this year and I’m confident that at the end of the day, attendees will leave with real business prospects.”

If the first event is any indication, this year’s InDevelopment will be even better: A post-event survey found that 89 percent of attendees at last year’s event were “very satisfied or somewhat satisfied” with the event, and 81 percent said they were “very likely” to recommend the next InDevelopment conference.

Registration and exhibits open at 8 a.m. Speed networking starts at 9:30 a.m., hosted by the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Partnership (NEWREP), which represents economic development organizations in 15 Northeast Wisconsin counties. NEWREP representatives will move from table to table, offering attendees the opportunity to learn about new projects and opportunities in each of their communities.

Rocky Marcoux, commissioner of the Department of City Development in Milwaukee, will deliver the lunchtime keynote address, with remarks by New North, Inc. Executive Director Jerry Murphy. The afternoon features panel discussions on financing and trends in commercial development.

The panel discussion on Emerging Trends begins at 1:30 p.m. Panelists include Hans Zietlow of Kwik Trip, discussing convenience stores, Brian Wogernese of WHG on hospitality and hotels; Ken Berndt of Bellin FastCare on health care; Jeff McClure of SuperValu on grocery stores and Tim Rinn of Ganther Construction on trends in elderly care faculties.

The panel on financing and commercial lending begins at 3:30 p.m. Panelists include Thomas S. Parnin, U.S. Bank; Linda Kennedy, Business Lending Group; Tom Scheuerman of Grubb & Ellis|Pfefferle; Ken Zacharias of Schenck SC and Cynthia Esterling of Great Lakes Asset Corp.

The day will conclude with a cocktail reception at 4:30.

Co-sponsors of the event include the city of Green Bay, Schenck SC, Kwik Trip, Ganther, Grubb & Ellis|Pfefferle, Miron, Emmons Business Interiors, NEWREP, the KI Center, Hotel Sierra, Keller Inc., US Bank and the city of Appleton.

Tickets for InDevelopment are $65, including lunch and a free drink ticket. Register online or call (920) 882-0491.