NewWest.Net Presents Conference on Real Estate and Development in the Northern Rockies, Oct. 25-26 in Missoula, Mont.: Leading Developers, Financiers, Architects, Attorneys and Policy-Makers Highlight Event; Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics, Jerry Sorensen of Plum Creek Timber Among Keynotes Speakers

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NewWest.Net, the online magazine about the Rocky Mountain West, today announced the agenda and speaker line-up for the second-annual conference on Real Estate and Development in the Northern Rockies This unique event is expected to attract more than 400 people for two days of robust discussion about the real estate market, growth planning and policy, and design innovation in the region.

Growth and real estate development is the biggest industry in the Northern Rockies - and also one that has a tremendous impact on the land and the nature of our communities

    "Growth and real estate development is the biggest industry in the Northern Rockies - and also one that has a tremendous impact on the land and the nature of our communities," said Jonathan Weber, CEO and publisher of NewWest.Net. "The aim of this conference is to understand the dynamics of the development business, and to foster the conversations that will enable growth to happen in the most positive way possible."

The conference will feature more than 40 speakers and panelists. Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics - who at last year's conference predicted many of the recent developments in the real estate market - will once again kick off the event. Jerry Sorensen, director of land asset management at Plum Creek Timber Co., will discuss how the company views its enormous land holdings in Montana.

Mary Sexton, head of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, will talk about water issues, and attorneys Alan McCormick and Michelle Bryan Mudd will discuss land use law. Ed Wetherbee of Missoula's Old Sawmill District, David Hale of Boise's Linen District, John Carroll of Carroll Investments in Portland, Dennis Glick of the Sonoran Institute, Paul Johanssen of Great Northern Ventures in Whitefish, and Nick Kaufman of the WGM Group will be among those presenting innovative development projects. Renowned architects Don MacArthur and Lori Ryker will show some of their visions for the future.

The lead sponsors for the event include Farmers State Bank, the Missoula Organization of Realtors, First American Title Holding Company, ANB Financial, Bitterroot Resort, and the WGM Group. Supporting sponsors include Alpine Granite Accents, Bitterroot Economic Development District, Five Valleys Land Trust, The Maverick Group, Montana Associations of Realtors, Montana Water Trust, O'Berry Cavanaugh and the Washington Companies. Media sponsors include the Flathead Beacon, Sun Valley Online, and http://www.YellowstonePark.com.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn conference center in Missoula. The two-day program includes two luncheons and a reception Thursday evening sponsored by Farmers State Bank. It will end Friday afternoon with a "big picture" discussion that will include writers Gary Ferguson and Peter Stark.

Continuing education credits will be available for real estate agents, attorneys, insurance agents, and, pending approval, architects and planners. For all the details on the event, including pricing information, visit NewWest.Net/conference or call 406-829-1725. A limited number of press passes will be available for qualified press.

Attendees are encouraged to register by Friday, Sept. 21 to save almost 25% off the admission price.

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