In today’s economic climate, commercial developers are focused on an important question: Where is the money?
“There are opportunities out there – you will be amazed at the opportunities that are out there,” says Grant Schwab, commercial real estate agent with First Weber, Oshkosh.
Yet, professionals on the front lines of economic and commercial development know that funding for projects today does not hang as low as it did five years ago. It takes a little know-how, a little savvy – and the willingness to dig deeper than what you might see on the surface.
Mark Barbash knows where the funding lies. As keynote speaker at the fourth annual InDevelopment conference on Feb. 19 in Oshkosh, he will address, “Finding Money for Challenging Development Projects.”
A seasoned economic development consultant based in Columbus, Ohio, Barbash has been financing tough deals for 30 years. He has served as chief economic development officer for the Ohio Department of Development and today serves clients in Ohio, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and beyond.
“I’ll identify some of the obstacles that are out there, what’s going on in the banks and government funding,” says Barbash, who grew up in Madison, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has also lived and worked in Milwaukee.
“There are a lot of unknown things going on that few people know about because of stereotypes about the way programs operate,” Barbash adds. “Deals are getting done in this economy, and I’ll talk about the way deals are getting done.”
Barbash will talk about the battle between large banks and community banks as well as the regulations that hamstring both. He’ll share information about the most valuable federal programs available for funding economic development projects.
The day-long conference, coordinated by Insight Publications LLC, convenes at 7:45 a.m. Capping the day at 3 p.m. will be featured speaker Dan Cohen, director of tenant representation, Mid-America Real Estate Group – Wisconsin. Based in Milwaukee, Cohen is president of the Wisconsin office, overseeing Mid-America’s retail real estate.
Afternoon breakout sessions
Three simultaneous sessions will feature:
» Opportunity Oshkosh, panel discussion on local partnerships.
» Targeted Industries, how communities market themselves collaboratively to attract site selectors. Panelists include Mike Matthews of Economic Growth Advisors, Madison and David Ward of NorthStar Economics, Madison.
» Global and National Development Trends, featuring Kristen Fish, managing partner, Redevelopment Resources LLC, Wausau.
Back by popular demand will be a morning speed-networking session with representatives of the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Partnership. Booth talks, featuring short discussions on specific topics, will take place as attendees browse the exhibits. Bus tours of Oshkosh development projects will be offered in the morning and in the afternoon.
The day will offer ongoing opportunities for networking, including during lunch and a cocktail reception following Cohen’s talk.
Tickets are $60 through Jan. 31 and $70 in February. Insight VIP Members are eligible for a discount; go to the home page and click on InDevelopment.
TUESDAY, JAN. 22
The St. Norbert College CEO Breakfast and Strategy Series 2012-13 will feature Helen Johnson-Leipold, chairwoman of Johnson Financial Group, chairwoman and CEO of Johnson Outdoors and chairwoman of the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. The event is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton. The cost is $60. Contact Jamie McGuire at [email protected].
THURSDAY, JAN. 31
The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business Expo 2013 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oshkosh Convention Center. For information, call (920) 303-2265 ext. 16.
A CLOSER LOOK
Connecting Commercial Developers in the New North
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013
7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oshkosh Convention Center
Admission: $60 through Jan. 31; $70 in February (A discount is available to Insight VIP Members.)