ABOUTOur local economy is growing, and some of this growth includes the development of industrial and commercial real estate. IN Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) has partnered with the Washington State Chapter of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Parks) over the past 12 years to host a Real Estate Forum to provide in-depth industry knowledge and help professionals expand their knowledge of opportunities and trends. in the South Sound area. The 13th Annual Real Estate Forum will take place on October 7 from 11:00 to 13:00 at the Olympia Hotel on Capitol Lake, previously Hotel RL… USD 55 per person register and will include networking at 10:30 am followed by a dinner with guest speaker Didi Caldwell, president and founder of the company Global location strategies, a national site selection firm.
Thurston EDC Director Michael Cade is very excited about the upcoming forum. “We want to increase our knowledge of opportunities and market trends in this region,” he explains. “We also want to identify partners and communities with whom we will work.” The topics presented in the forum are very useful for related industries, including real estate professionals, finance professionals, engineers, real estate brokers, and government officials. It can also provide exceptional insight to anyone who simply wants to know more about what’s going on in the market. “We look forward to a detailed discussion of macroeconomic trends and factors affecting our market, and what opportunities can be found here,” says Michael.
The Forum often brings together professionals from all over the region because the discussion touches on national, regional and local market trends and topics. To tie all these levels together, Thurston EDC invites a keynote speaker to comment on and discuss the various sectors and factors affecting the macro and micro markets. This year’s forum will be attended by Didi Caldwell, President and Founder of Global Location Strategies. She will highlight the changing national and local dynamics affecting commercial and industrial real estate decisions, as well as the factors affecting the South Puget Sound and Thurston County markets. Keynote speech starts at 12:15 pm and ends at around 1:00 pm.
The networking component provides an exceptional opportunity to expand local and regional connections in various industries. Local vendors also have the opportunity to advertise themselves with kiosks. “This is a meeting place where you can connect with the professionals with whom you will do business here,” says Michael. In such a diverse group, there will be a wide range of unique perspectives and solid conversations that will give each member great insights and new connections. If you are interested in having a stand on the forum, please contact Thurston EDC Holly House Event Planner by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to exceptional conversations and discussions, an award is held annually at the forum. “It is focused on a person or organization that has made significant investments in the market and made a positive impact,” explains Michael. Each year the award bears a different name depending on what Thurston EDC wants to highlight. Views on Fifth was honored with the Transformational Investment Award last year for its significant impact on the local market through their luxury residential development and commercial real estate development.
Following a virtual forum last year, Thurston EDC aims to return to face-to-face format this year at the newly named Olympia Hotel in Capitol Lake. Bringing people together for discussion is a surefire way to forge new and lasting connections with regional industry professionals and partners. This year, the forum will give people the opportunity to comprehensively discuss commercial and industrial real estate topics and learn from local and national experts. “We hope people leave with the best practical knowledge of the real estate market,” says Michael. “People will not only have new contacts in their pockets, but also ideas for new opportunities.”
This year’s event is sponsored by many of our great local businesses. Platinum sponsor TwinStar Credit Union and gold sponsors Olifed as well as Port of Olympia… Bronze sponsors Intercity transit, SCJ Alliance, as well as Jensen Milner Cap City Law… Investor sponsors include Heritage bank, South Puget Sound Community College, as well as South Sound Business Magazine… Thurston EDC would like to thank all of these distinguished organizations for supporting the Real Estate Forum and for helping bring it back into its 13th year.
If you work in a related industry or simply want to better understand current commercial and industrial markets from an insider’s perspective on regional economic trends, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Be sure register reserve a place!