What’s the market for sustainable development?

Lots of folks are interested in mixed-use development, walkable communities and other facets of sustainable development. Tomorrow morning, they’ll have a chance to find out how economically feasible sustainable development is for Kansas City and what the local market looks like.

The MidAmerica Advisory Council is inviting interested residents to the discussion tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Sylvester Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, Kansas. The speakers will include:

  • Dr. Arthur C. (Chris) Nelson, FAICP, executive director of the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center, will share his findings on how market demand is changing due to demographic shifts and other forces.
  • Melina Duggal, senior principal, and Patrick Lynch, senior associate at RCLCO, a national real estate advisory firm, will present their analyses of national trends in the demand for smart growth and transit-oriented development and assess the preference for these development types in Kansas City.
  • A local panel — including Bob Regnier, chairman, president and CEO of the Bank of Blue Valley, and Walt Clements, director of the Lewis White Real Estate Center at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management, and Dan Lowe, a partner with RED Development  — will discuss what this data means for development in the Kansas City region.

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