Jim Kumon has a unique way of looking at buildings, vacant sites, downtowns and neighborhoods.
“I look around and think, ‘How can we unlock their potential?’” says Kumon, one of the founders of Incremental Development Alliance in Minneapolis. “Northeast Wisconsin is in a good place. You have great buildings in your downtowns and the question is, ‘How can we make best use of them in the community?’”
Kumon will be the keynote speaker at Insight’s annual InDevelopment event, which will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on March 19 at the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley in Appleton. The event provides an opportunity for professionals representing construction companies, financial institutions, municipalities, developers and more to come together and learn about the latest industry trends.
The Incremental Development Alliance, which provides training and guidance to municipalities, businesses and nonprofit organizations on how to renovate, reposition or build new multifamily buildings and commercial and mixed-use structures, is based in Minneapolis. However, Kumon says the nonprofit has done work in communities across the Midwest. In his work, he likes to focus on the neighborhood level and creating a healthy community that can spread outward from the downtown.
“You can’t just work on downtown in a vacuum. It’s important to have adjacent neighborhoods involved,” he says. “That involvement helps sustain and inspire more growth.”
After Kumon’s talk, InDevelopment attendees will hear developer briefings on Appleton’s urban revitalization and opportunity zones. The event concludes with a three-hour networking session where attendees can see regional development projects.
During the discussion on downtown Appleton, attendees will learn about a variety of projects ranging from historic building renovation to corporate office development to mixed-use/housing opportunities.
Attendees also will hear about opportunity zones and how communities around the country are using them to spur development by accessing capital gains tax incentives.
Registration is open for this year’s InDevelopment. The cost to attend is $35 before March 1, with the price rising to $45 after that date.
To register or for more information, please visit: insightonbusiness.com/events/indevelopment.