What’s next for Milwaukee? Futurist will discuss at annual Commercial Real Estate Conference


It is an exciting time in Milwaukee. The downtown has experienced a renaissance in recent years with several new apartment buildings, hotels, restaurants, the Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons and Fiserv Forum. More is on the way including a new performance hall for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and a redevelopment of the former Shops of Grand Avenue.

Several major developments area transforming suburban areas as well including The Corners of Brookfield, The Corridor in Brookfield, Drexel Town Square in Oak Creek, 84South in Greenfield to name a few.

Plus, with the Democratic National Convention coming to Milwaukee in 2020, and some of the nation’s biggest sports stars playing here, the Milwaukee area is gaining a new level of national and international attention.

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Can Milwaukee take advantage of this momentum and newfound attention and catapult itself into a world-class city?

Milwaukee native and futurist Michael Perman, who has worked with several major brands during his career including Nike, Adidas, Williams-Sonoma, Levi’s, Gap, Starbucks, Del Monte, General Mills, Google and Hyatt Hotels, will examine what lies ahead for Milwaukee as the keynote speaker at the 17th annual BizTimes Media Commercial Real Estate and Development Conference.

“I think cities bloom from advocating for the right anchors that attract people,” Perman said. “I will share core cultural and business trends that commercial real estate professionals can think about as catalysts for the future.”

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Following Perman’s talk, there will be a panel discussion with prominent local real estate professionals who will talk about the opportunities for economic growth in metro Milwaukee, as well as the significant challenges facing the region and how it will all impact the commercial real estate development in the area. The panelists will include:

  • Kalan Haywood Sr., president of Haywood Group LLC
  • Juli Kaufmann, president of Fix Development
  • Steve Palec, chief marketing officer of Irgens
  • Blair Williams, president of WiRED Properties

The panel discussion will be moderated by Andy Hunt, director of the Marquette University Center for Real Estate.

The BizTimes Media Commercial Real Estate and Development Conference is sponsored by CliftonLarsonAllen, Husch Blackwell and Wintrust. Exhibit sponsors are Acoustech Supply Inc. and Innovative Signs. Event partners are Marquette University and the Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin (CARW).

Click here to register for the event.

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