9/12/17 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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Days after Amazon announced a search for a second headquarters location, members of the DC Mastermind Group had a lot to discuss, especially how large companies choose where to settle; how big deals with companies are put together, from incentives to claw-backs; and the different approaches DC, Maryland and Virginia take to court business to their jurisdictions. Olivia Byrne, Partner … Read More

9/18/17 Pittsburgh Mastermind Group


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust continues their efforts to revitalize the downtown area through partnerships with local businesses and the redevelopment of aging assets into mixed use facilities. The Trust’s robust programming – much of which is free – touches 2 million people each year. The Trust’s latest initiative involves the placement of 25 public art bike racks throughout downtown, and … Read More

9/14/17 Raleigh Mastermind Group Meeting


Guest Eric Vernon, Attorney at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, new Member and upcoming host and Champion, instigated a lively discussion of the workforce housing need in Raleigh. Speaker Rick Lackey of Real Professionals added that in other cities, redevelopment authorities are turning over old properties to developers for this very purpose. David Koehler, Director of Business Development at … Read More

9/12/17 – Detroit Mastermind Group


This month’s meeting featured Ron Sollish sitting in as Champion while Steve Sallen is on vacation. Ron opened the meeting by initiating a lively conversation about Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, which have been the big news for the past week. He asked members to opine on how they feel the storms will impact the Michigan real estate industry. The … Read More

9/7/17 Northern New Jersey Mastermind Group Meeting

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The Port Authority of NY and NJ: A Tale of Two States in One Urban Region The Northern New Jersey Group welcomed Dr. Alexander Heil, the Chief Economist at the Port Authority of NY and NJ, as our guest speaker this month. He offered a dynamic summary of construction market trends, regional economic conditions, and the economic outlook for the … Read More

9/1117 Philadelphia Mastermind Group Meeting


The Philadelphia Mastermind Group had the opportunity to hear from Gregory Heller of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. He discussed the opportunities that exist for projects involving public land and talked about the emerging importance of social impact in redevelopment projects. He covered the metrics involved in determining the value of social impact, the need for community involvement, and the significance … Read More

8/24/17 Atlanta Midtown Mastermind Group Meeting


Shirlynn Brownell, Director of Economic Development for the City of Brookhaven presented an update on current and future projects coming to the area at the recent Atlanta Midtown Real Professionals Mastermind Meeting. With prior experience at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, she expressed excitement for the volume and quality of projects headed to Brookhaven during her first few months … Read More

8/16/17 New York City Mastermind Group Meeting

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National Trends, RPN Markets and NYC’s Hudson Yards in the Spotlight New York City group hosted RPN CEO, Rick Lackey as this month’s presenter. He opened his presentation with a review of six national trends affecting the real estate market: Millennials, Public Transportation, Industrial, Rules & Regulations, the Impact of the Trump Administration, and Eds & Meds. He next highlighted … Read More

8/8/17 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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This month, the Washington DC REAL Professionals Mastermind group hosted Polly Donaldson and Chris Dickersin-Prokopp, the respective Director and Interim Development Finance Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Donaldson led a robust discussion about DHCD’s programs, highlighting how inclusionary zoning, affordable housing and market-rate development go hand-in-hand; the Property Acquisition and Disposition Division’s plans to release … Read More

8/9/17 Atlanta Perimeter Mastermind Group Meeting


Guest speaker Kristin Rome Winzeler with the North Fulton CID reported on the CID’s many recent successes at the August Atlanta Perimeter meeting. One major accomplishment is the completion of Westside Parkway which allows traffic to go from Roswell to Milton without accessing the often congested GA 400. Bringing together municipalities was key to the success exemplified by redoing a … Read More