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Emerging Real Estate Trends for Economic Development

  • 18 May 2017
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Webinar

Date: May 18, 2017

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: May 18 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on May 17

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, May 8

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Essential to job creation and economic growth, you can create vibrant environments that will draw people to your community. As new opportunities to attract, expand, or relocate businesses arise, you'll want to evaluate your community's real estate market. Innovative trends throughout the real estate industry are providing more creative and flexible infrastructure options that you can capitalize on. Attend this webinar, and you'll learn about emerging real estate trends and how your organization can benefit from them.

Register for this webinar and hear:

  • How your EDO can strengthen relationships with real estate developers to provide strategic direction for their community
    How trends in real estate investment and financial structures are impacting economic growth
    Geographical forecasts in real estate development for 2017 and beyond




Robin Scott Hunden
Hunden Strategic Partners
Chicago, IL

Mr. Hunden, ISHC, offers extensive experience in managing the feasibility and implementation of major real estate projects as well as organizational development. Since launching Hunden Strategic Partners, he has been a sought-after consultant for dozens of hotel, convention, mixed-use entertainment and retail projects, as well as other tourism and economic development projects and master plans. He also has experience moving organizations to a position of focus and action through strategic planning initiatives.

Prior to starting the firm, he served as Vice President of C.H. Johnson Consulting in Chicago. There, he conducted nearly 100 destination development assignments for the firm, specializing in hotels, conference centers, sports, urban entertainment-retail districts and convention center developments. He also managed much of the firm’s work on performing arts and tourism projects during his five-year tenure. Some notable projects include the new Omni convention hotel in Fort Worth, the Erie Bayfront Convention Center and Sheraton, arena projects in Kansas City and Albuquerque, Fourth Street Live! in Louisville, the Kansas City Power & Light District, and the Nassau Coliseum redevelopment. Prior to joining CHJC, he worked for several years on real estate finance and transaction activity for a number of projects at Landauer Associates and Grubb & Ellis, which purchased Landauer in 2000. In this capacity, Mr. Hunden sought financing for hotels and other real estate projects across North America, giving him a real-world perspective on how banks and other financial players analyze various real estate developments. He also conducted transaction work involving hotel, retail, apartment and industrial assets.

Mr. Hunden is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the International Downtown Association (IDA), the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), the International City County Management Association (ICMA), and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Mr. Hunden received a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana.

Robert M. Lewis, CEcD, AICP
Principal and President
Development Strategies, Inc.
Saint Louis, MO

Bob directs economic research and planning projects at Development Strategies, based in St. Louis. He was part of the team that created Development Strategies in 1988 after ten years with Team Four and two years with the St. Louis County Department of Planning. Bob was named president in 2000. The focus of his professional work is analyzing the market, economic, and organizational forces that influence urban planning, economic growth, and real estate development. His consulting services yield strategic recommendations for clients seeking to maximize economic value. Clients include local governments, private property owners, corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and institutions all around the USA.

Bob's passions are two-fold: helping communities to create strategic economic development plans for realistic and sustainable growth, and evaluating the economic feasibility of development projects within the context of redevelopment or revitalization planning. His specialties include economic development strategic planning, real estate redevelopment in urban contexts, economic impact studies for corporations and non-profits, and community planning for economic development. Bob also conducts housing strategic plans, economic and fiscal impact studies, attitudinal surveys to support market-based development, and gap financing analyses using public incentives.

Bob received his masters degree in city and regional planning from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and bachelors in business administration and economics from Miami University.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


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    -- a supported sound card
    -- speakers or headphones
    -- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


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    Broadband Internet connection

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Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

  • Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, May 8. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, May 8.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.
  • All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, May 8 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, May 8 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marjorie Rose at


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