On April 8th, 2014 I will be participating on a panel of accomplished government officials, developers and retailers as we discuss methods for fast tracking economic expansion. This event, hosted by Shopping Centers Today, is being held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown . If you are in Chicago, consider joining us part of the live studio audience. If you can’t join us, you can live stream the event on your Iphone or smartphone and a podcast will be available after the event. To register and for more information click on these links for the program Brochure and Registration Page
My perspective (as usual!) will be how non-profit intermediaries, like Business Improvement Districts, can (and often do) play a powerful role in supporting and expediting development in urban markets. My fellow panelists (see below) will have alot more to say about how retailers, developers and government can also expedite the process. 

Steven M. Elrod, ESQ.
Executive Partner – Holland & Knight

Lawrence E. Kilduff, CRX, CDP, CSM
Senior Vice President, Retail Market Lead
Jones Lang LaSalle, Chicago, IL

Lyneir Richardson
Chief Executive Officer
Brick City Development
Newark, NJ

Sue Walker
Director, Economic Development
Richardson Economic Development Partnership
Richardson, TX

See you in Chicago! 
– Larisa
Larisa Ortiz is Principal of Larisa Ortiz Associates, Commercial District Advisors.