Fordham Real Estate Institute and Business Council of Westchester Present: Behind the Headlines – What Opportunity Zones Really Mean for Westchester Real Estate

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April event will feature regional leaders discussing how real estate’s most talked about topic will impact the County

Opportunity Zones are being talked about everywhere, but no one has provided a full picture of what they are and how they will affect the County’s real estate. We have assembled influential thought leaders in the region to share their first-hand experience on this important topic.

The Fordham Real Estate Institute (REI) and The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) are pleased to announce their latest co-sponsored event: Behind the Headlines - What Opportunity Zones Really Mean for Westchester Real Estate. The breakfast panel will take place on Friday, April 5 from 8:00-10:30 a.m. at 800 Westchester Avenue in Rye Brook.

This is the third event that the REI and the BCW have partnered on in the last three years, each focusing on the hottest topics shaping the real estate industry. This year’s gathering will address the biggest trend to impact commercial real estate in years.

“Opportunity Zones are being talked about everywhere, but no one has provided a full picture of what they are and how they will affect the County’s real estate. We have assembled influential thought leaders in the region to share their first-hand experience on this important topic,” said Dr. Anthony R. Davidson, dean, Fordham University School of Professional and Continuing Studies. “The BCW has been the ideal partner to help us shine a spotlight on the trends making the biggest impact on the industry, and we are looking forward to another can’t-miss event.”

The Behind the Headlines program will feature keynote speakers James Nelson (Principal; Head of Tri-State Investment Sales, Avison Young) and Louis Tuchman (Partner; Member, Executive Committee; Chair, Tax Department; Herrick Feinstein LLP). Their remarks will be followed by two engaging panel discussions:

Panel One: The Wizards of "OZ"
Timothy Oberweger, Esq, vice president, Stewart Title (moderator)
Andrew Donchez, Vice President-Development, Mill Creek Residential
Sarah Jones-Maturo, President and CEO, RM Friedland
Brandon Lacoff, CEO, Belpointe REIT
Abe Schilssenfeld, CPA, EA, Co-Partner-in Charge of Real Estate Group, Marks Paneth

Panel Two: Shaping the Future of Westchester Cities and Towns
Jonathan Drapkin, President & CEO, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress (moderator)
Luiz Aragon, Commissioner of Development, New Rochelle
Marilyn Crawford, Interim Director of the IDA, Mount Vernon
Carl Fulgenzi, Town Supervisor, Mount Pleasant
Christopher Gomez, Commissioner of Planning, White Plains
Wilson Kimball, Commission of Planning and Development, Yonkers
Eric Zamft, AICP, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Port Chester

In between the panels, Pravina Raghavan, EVP Small Business & Technology Development at Empire State Development, will give a special presentation discussing New York State’s perspectives on Opportunity Zones.

The morning will conclude with questions from the audience.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Fordham University and bring together the region’s brightest minds to discuss this critical topic,” said Marsha Gordon, president and CEO, BCW. “Opportunity Zones are poised to significantly influence the future of the County’s real estate. This event will offer insight you can’t find anywhere else into Westchester’s Opportunity Zones and how they will impact the area’s future.”

Behind the Headlines – What Opportunity Zones Really Mean for Westchester Real Estate will take place on Friday, April 5, at 800 Westchester Avenue in Rye Brook. Event sponsors include Advance Testing; Alianza; Cooper Horowitz; Genesis Realty Group, LLC; Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC; LeCase Construction; PWC New York; Streamline Realty Funding, LLC; and Walison Corp. Event partners include Co-Communications, Inc. and Stewart Title.

Registration is $50. To register, visit: https://westchesterbuscouncilnyassoc.wliinc28.com/events/Behind-the-Headlines-What-Opportunity-Zones-Really-Mean-for-Westchester-Real-Estate-1561/details.

ABOUT THE FORDHAM REAL ESTATE INSTITUTE
The Fordham Real Estate Institute (REI) currently offers a Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE), graduate certificates in real estate development and construction management, and a comprehensive array of professional certificates in real estate and construction at its campuses in Manhattan and West Harrison, N.Y. Serving professionals and owners/investors of all stripes, the MSRE curriculum presents the essential elements of real estate finance, investment, development and management. The programs are developed and taught by leading industry practitioners and are centered on imparting real-world professional skill sets. Flexibility and convenience are program hallmarks as classes can be taken in-person, online, and at various paces. REI is a part of Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. For more information, visit http://www.fordham.edu/realestate.

About The Business Council of Westchester
The Business Council of Westchester is the county’s only business membership organization focusing on economic development and advocacy. It is the county’s largest and most prestigious business membership organization representing more than 1,000 members, including multinational corporations, hospitals, universities, biotech pioneers, not-for-profits, entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes. As the most influential economic development and advocacy organization in Westchester, The Business Council of Westchester’s members enjoy unparalleled access to today’s top thought leaders, diverse business development opportunities and lawmakers at all levels of government. The BCW Data Exchange provides the latest demographic research to help guide smart business decisions. The LEAP program, a one-of-a-kind initiative, gives members direct access to lobbying efforts at the county, state and national levels on issues that directly affect their businesses. Build, Connect and Win with The Business Council of Westchester. Visit thebcw.org to connect today.

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