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Empty Storefronts Conference

November 5 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

NAIOP, WI the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and NEWaukee present the 4th Annual Empty Storefronts Conference, a day-long conference that focuses on holistic solutions, national trends, best practices and success stories that lead to action plans and spark ideas to fill empty storefronts.

At the Empty Storefronts Conference, we will be spending the day exploring Milwaukee’s neighborhoods and hearing from local, regional, and national experts on unique, progressive, and thought provoking ways to revitalize and activate vacant spaces. Attendees will be able to choose their own morning and afternoon breakout sessions, keep an eye out as we confirm our speaker lineup to start planning your itinerary!

Tickets: http://www.emptystorefronts.com


8:00AM-8:20AM Breakfast & Registration (HUB640)
8:20AM-8:30AM Opening Remarks (HUB640) Jeremy Fojut, CIO of NEWaukee
Jim Villa, President of NAIOP Wisconsin

Name Presentation Title Company Location Speaker’s City

Keynote (HUB640)
8:30AM-9:00AM Sarah Filley “Popuphood: The Transformational Power of Creative Retail Ecosystems” Pop Up Hood Hub 640 Los Angeles
9:00AM-9:45AM Von Briesen Panel “New Faces In Old Spaces: Hotels & Restaurants Creatively Use Vacant Spaces” Von Briesen, Marcus Corporation Hub 640
9:45AM-10:30AM Town Bank Panel “Understanding Culture for Neighborhood Economic Development Success” Town Bank, Chicago Trends Hub 640

Breakout 1 (Downtown Riverwalk)
11:00AM-11:30AM Beth Haskovec “Pop-Up MKE: Temporary Space for Economic Opportunity” LiSC Cafe Dolce Milwaukee
11:35AM-12:05PM Danielle Doll “Saving Face with Branded Space” Downtown Frederick Cafe Dolce
Frederick Maryland
11:00AM-11:30AM Dan Katt “Brewing Economic Development” Good City Brewing Co John Hawkes Pub Milwaukee
11:35AM-12:05PM Johnathan Berk “Harnessing The Missed Opportunity in our Built Environment” Patronicity John Hawkes Pub Boston
11:00AM-11:30AM Ari Takata-Vasquez “Creative Solutions–Rethinking Retail Real Estate Loss” Viscera 310 W Wisconsin Milwaukee
11:35AM-12:05PM Danielle DeRuiter-Williams “Who’s at the Table and Who’s on the Menu: Strategies to Promote Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Community Engagement and Outreach” The Justice Collective 310 W Wisconsin Los Angeles

Breakout 2 (Mitchell St.)
1:30PM-2:00PM Emily Isenberg “From Vacant to Vibrant” Isenberg Project Public Library DC
2:05PM-2:35PM Rob Gerbitz “Breaking the Rules & Building a Reputation” Hendricks Group Public Library Beloit, WI
2:40PM-3:10PM Dan Devine ”Building Place and Building Community – How to be Both Gritty and Cool” City of West Allis Public Library West Allis
1:30PM-2:00PM David Mangum “Retail Triage: Identifying Targeted Techniques for Sustainable Commerce” Gibbs Planning 615 Mitchell St.
Detroit, Michigan
2:05PM-2:35PM Beth Reynolds “The Corner Spot, The #bestspotintown” The Corner Spot 615 Mitchell St. Massachuttes
2:40PM-3:10PM Joe Scanlin “Mapping the Future of Retail with Technology and Data” Scanalytics 615 Mitchell St. Milwaukee

Closing Keynote (MLK)
Deshea Agee (intro) (Intro to speaker) MLK BID Coakley Building Milwaukee
3:30PM – 4:00PM Garrick Brown The Economics of Food Halls Cushman & Wakefield Coakley Building
Rancho Cordova, California
4:00PM – 4:30PM Zach Vruwink / Cory Fish “Dark Store Debate” League of Municipalities Coakley Building
Wisconsin Rapids / Madison

4:30-6:00PM Happy Hour (HUB640)


November 5
8:00 am - 10:00 am


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