2017 Base Redevelopment Forum | October 2-4, 2017 | Denver, CO | Reserve Your Room

Overview

More than 20 years ago, the flags came down at Lowry Air Force Base and Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, a potentially devastating one-two punch to the Denver metropolitan area economy. Since then, concurrent redevelopment efforts assembled plans that have made Denver and Aurora the most successful base closure communities in the country.

The 2017 Base Redevelopment Forum will take a close look at how the Lowry and Fitzsimons projects came together and what other closure communities can learn from them. Key players from both redevelopments will share their experiences and lead tours that will give attendees a first-hand look at the results.

Program

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Registration Open

Registration is open.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. — Welcome to the Base Redevelopment Forum/Opening Session

Broadway Ballroom

Speakers:

  • Eric Hiraga, Executive Director, Denver Office of Economic Development
  • William Parry, President, Association of Defense Communities

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. — Managing Relationships/Community Relations

Broadway Ballroom
LRA teams often are faced with hard choices while trying to manage the expectations of their communities. Developing relations with key stakeholders often can make the difference when tackling unforeseen obstacles that creep up during the process.

Moderator:

  • Ivy Owen, Executive Director, Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority

Speakers:

  • Lt. Col. Dwight Ikenberry, Training Site Manager, Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center
  • John Van Horn, Executive Director, Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. — Networking Break

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. — Managing Large-Scale Redevelopment Projects

Broadway Ballroom

Roundtable discussion with representatives of the Lowry and Fitzsimons base closures and the former Denver Stapleton Airport.

Moderator:

  • Dan Schnepf, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Matrix Design Group

Speakers:

  • Dennis Arbogast, Program Manager, AECOM
  • Tom Markham, former Executive Director, Lowry Redevelopment Authority
  • Bob Olson, former Executive Director, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Networking Break

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Writing the Book on Recovery from Base Closure

Broadway Ballroom 

See how communities came together to turn closed bases into success stories. This roundtable discussion will feature political and other high-level speakers from Denver and Aurora.

Moderator:

  • Russell DeSalvo, President and CEO, PuebloPlex

Speakers:

  • Nadine Caldwell, former Councilwoman, Ward I, Aurora City Council
  • Mary Beth Susman, Councilwoman, District 5, Denver City Council
  • Ed Tauer, former Mayor of Aurora
  • Jeff Thompson, Vice President Government & Corporate Relations, UCHealth

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. — Celebrating Denver/Aurora Reception

An opportunity to honor all those throughout the metropolitan area who played a key role in the community’s response to base closures.

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Registration Open

Registration is open.

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. — LRA Directors Council Breakfast

Bear Den
Invitation-only meeting for LRA directors and deputy directors.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. — Continental Breakfast

Grand Colonnade 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. — Ensuring Financial Sustainability

Broadway Ballroom

A look at effective strategies for LRAs to become fiscally self-sufficient while managing the long-term success of their projects.

Moderator:

  • Jeffrey Jordan, Deputy Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Speakers:

  • Fred Bryant, Operator, Federal Land Use Solutions, LLC
  • Steve Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority
  • Ivy Owen, Executive Director, Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority
  • Barry Steinberg, Partner, Kutak Rock LLP

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. — Networking Break

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. — Federal Support for Base Redevelopment

Broadway Ballroom

From targeted programs to tax credits, learn what resources are available to support your project and how best to employ them in your reuse approaches.

Moderator:

  • Danielle Wheeler, Executive Director, March Joint Powers Authority

Speakers:

  • Tedd Buelow, Acting State Director, Colorado State Office, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Angela Martinez, Regional Director, Denver Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • Patrick O’Brien, Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, U.S. Department of Defense

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. — Networking Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Managing Land Use Controls within a Reuse Plan and LRA Operations

Broadway Ballroom

Land use controls are designed to prevent exposure to environmental hazards. But their placement and location on former military base property can have a dramatic effect on reuse plans. This session will address the ramifications of controls on reuse efforts, how LRAs have dealt with these challenges and the impact of controls on property value.

Moderator:

  • Michael Monteleone, Director of Strategic Business Development, Oasis Consulting Services

Speakers:

  • Linda Balcom, National Director, Weston Solutions, Inc.
  • Michael Houlemard, Executive Officer, Fort Ord Reuse Authority
  • Mara Roche, Executive Director, Jo-Carroll Depot Local Redevelopment Authority
  • George Schlossberg, Partner, Kutak Rock LLP

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Mobile Reuse Lab (Tours of the Former Lowry and Fitzsimons Bases)

See first-hand how local leaders put plans in motion to redevelop Lowry and Fitzsimons on our Mobile Reuse Lab tour. We will see the successes at both facilities and learn how their strategies might be transferred to other communities dealing with similar circumstances. Before the buses leave for the tour, don’t forget to pick up your grab-and-go lunch.

Speakers:

  • Jill Farnham, former Executive Director, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority
  • Monty Force, Executive Director, Lowry Redevelopment Authority
  • Neil Krauss, Director of Initiatives and Outreach, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Tom Markham, former Executive Director, Lowry Redevelopment Authority
  • Bob Olson, former Executive Director, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority
  • Hilarie Portell, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, Lowry Redevelopment Authority
  • Jeff Thompson, Vice President Government & Corporate Relations, UCHealth

5:00 p.m. — Buses Return to Reception and Hotel

After the tour, Buses will go directly to the Networking Reception site at: Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202.

Buses will continue onto the ART Hotel for those who wish to return there directly after the tour.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. — Networking Reception at Wynkoop Brewing Company

Wynkoop Brewing Company,  1634 18th St., Denver, CO

Following the Mobile Reuse Lab, buses will take attendees directly to our evening’s Networking Reception at the popular Wynkoop Brewing Company in the LoDo neighborhood of Denver. For those attendees who instead wish to return to the hotel after the Mobile Reuse Lab, buses will continue on to the hotel. There will be no additional bus service after that time.

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. — Registration Open

Registration is open.

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. — LRA Directors Council Breakfast

Bear Den

Invitation-only meeting for LRA directors and deputy directors.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. — Continental Breakfast

Grand Colonnade

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. — Community Development Strategies

Salon I-II

In addition to all of the business attraction and economic development issues LRAs must deal with, attention must be paid to the total condition of their communities. The condition of and access to schools, public services and health care are critically important to the overall success of reuse plans. Hear the stories of how some LRAs creatively and successfully have addressed community development.

Moderator:

  • Bob Grewe, Executive Director, Vermillion Rise Mega Park

Speakers:

  • Karen Hancock, Planning Supervisor, City of Aurora, CO
  • Ken Snyder, Programming Director, Radian | Placematters

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. — Networking Break

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. — Infrastructure & Utilities: Managing and Maximizing Your Assets

Salon I-II

For communities and the private sector, surplus infrastructure and utilities represents potential opportunities. Sometimes that potential can be offset by the condition of these assets when they are transferred to the communities. This panel will explore how such assets can be a benefit to a reuse project or when a community decides that it is better to sell off or make wholesale changes to the assets.

Moderator:

  • Tom Ames, Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority

Speakers:

  • Brian Hooker, Executive Director, McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority
  • Jeffrey Jordan, Deputy Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority
  • John Walker, Specialist Leader, Real Estate Service Line, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. — How New Markets Tax Credits Can Help Drive Redevelopment

Salon III

The New Markets Tax Credit Program encourages community development and economic growth through the use of tax credits that attract private investment to distressed communities. As of September 2016, the program has generated $8 of private investment for every dollar of federal funding, created 178 million square feet of manufacturing, office, and retail space, and financed more than 5,400 businesses. How can LRAs incorporate this program into their long-range plans?

Moderator:

  • Libby Day, Business Development Officer, City of San Diego

Speakers:

  • Ed Briscoe, Managing Director, Weave Social Finance, LLC
  • Michelle Mooney, Director & Underwriter, National Development Council

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. — Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Business Attraction Marketing

Salon I-II

Central to any successful base reuse plan is an effective marketing plan to attract the kinds of businesses and investment that will help an LRA accomplish its goals. LRA and business officials will share their tricks of the trade in this engaging roundtable discussion.

Moderator:

  • Mike Patton, Senior Account Executive Specialty Solutions, Yardi Systems, Inc.

Speakers:

  • Guillermo Mazier, CEO, Atlas Advertising
  • Scott Norton, Executive Director/CEO, TexAmericas Center
  • Lorie Robertson, Director of Marketing, Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Incorporating Climate and Energy Resilience into Base Redevelopment Plans

Salon III

This panel will look at the successes and challenges of incorporating climate and energy resilience principles into base redevelopment plans. Closed bases present opportunities for communities and developers to incorporate climate and energy resilience practices and systems into their reuse plans.  For example, communities can require redevelopment plans to use bioswales and other “green infrastructure” to absorb stormwater runoff, and to elevate new buildings to mitigate impacts of storm surges and sea level rise.  Likewise, installation of microgrid energy systems can provide occupants of former bases with protection from regional power outages, as they are increasingly doing at active bases.  Conceptually, base closure sites provide a “clean slate” to integrate these concepts and practices.  But in reality, communities and developers often inherit sites with deteriorated utility systems and obsolete buildings and development patterns.  How do they manage these constraints and still create comprehensive reuse plans projects that incorporate climate and energy resilience goals?  In this session, representatives of base closure sites will discuss how they have created plans, projects, and funding sources to address them.

Moderator:

  • Dan Choike, Encroachment & Community Plans and Liaison Program Manager, Marstel-Day, LLC

Speakers:

  • John Dukes, General Manager, WGL Energy
  • Michael Houlemard, Executive Officer, Fort Ord Reuse Authority

12:00 p.m. — Conference End

Hosts

Thank you to our 2017 Base Redevelopment Forum Hosts

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Location

October 2-4, 2017

The ART Hotel
1201 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

Reserve Your Room
The ART, a boutique hotel located in the heart of the Denver Museum District, is one of the highest-rated hotels in the city.  Opened in 2015, the ART features art-curated accommodations and unparalleled service.
ADC has secured a room block at the discounted rate of $199.  To make a reservation, click here.

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