The 10th annual Economic & Real Estate Forecast Symposium will be a two-day virtual event, with 8 hours of CE credit available for attendees. Please join us on October 13 & 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days, for a comprehensive program of speakers as we explore the challenges facing the real estate community in the continuing and post-COVID reality.

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Register for the 10th annual Economic & Real Estate Forecast Symposium here.

Day 1 - October 13, 2020

The Economy of Real Estate: Forecast for America
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior VP of Research, National Association of Realtors

The Economy of Real Estate: Forecast for New Orleans and South Louisiana
Professor Gary Wagner, Economist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The Changing Climate of Business & Politics in Louisiana
Stephen Waguespack, President & CEO, Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI)

Where is the Oil & Gas Industry Today?
Kati Hyer, Vice-President of Communications, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA)

A View from the Nation’s Capital

The Future of New Orleans: The Evolution of the New Economy
Guy Williams, President and CEO, Gulf Coast Bank

Day 2 - October 14, 2020

New Orleans: The Shape of the New Economy
Steven Sheffrin, Professor of Economics, Director of the Murphy Institute, Tulane University

The DNA of Demographics of Metropolitan New Orleans
Allison Plyer, BA, MBA, ScD, Chief Demographer, The Data Center

Banking in the Post–COVID Environment
Joe Uzee, Vice-President, Mortgage Originator, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust
John Zollinger, Market President, Home Bank    

The New Normal in Development: Innovation & Best Practices
Alejandra Guzman, Vice President, Real Estate & Capital Attraction, New Orleans Business Alliance

The New Shape of Hospitality
Walt Leger, Senior V.P. for Strategic Affairs, New Orleans & Company

Planning for New Orleans: Adapting to a Changing Market
Housing Study: Reset of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO)
Robert Rivers, Director, New Orleans City Planning Commission

Banking New Orleans: Pivoting to the Present
Guy Williams, President & CEO, Gulf Coast Bank

Speaker presentations will be made available after the Forecast event.

The Dance of Value: Cap Rates, Cost & Geography
Henry W. "Hank" Tatje, III, MAI - Vice-President, Argote, Derbes & Tatje, LLC

Financing the Gap: Capital Market Solutions
Troy Villafarra, Managing Director, Crescent Growth Capital
Chad Owens, Vice-President, NorthMarq Capital

The Triple Play of Tourism: The Airport, Hospitality & Convention Center
Mark Romig, CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
Tim Hemphill, Convention Center
Kevin Dolliole, New Orleans Aviation Director, Louis Armstrong International Airport

Banking New Orleans: The Future is Today
Guy Williams, President, Gulf Coast Bank

New Orleans as an Innovation Economy - Evolution of an Ecosystem
Jon Atkinson, CEO, The Idea Village

The Trend Line: What Does the Data Say?
Wade Ragas, Ph.D., MAI, Real Property Associates

The Residential Market:  Taking a Pulse
Bill Bliss, Managing Broker, Lakeview Latter & Blum, Inc.

The Convention Center: Positioning for 21st Century Tourism
Michael Sawaya, President & General Manager, Morial Convention Center

New Orleans: Leveraging World Connectivity
Caitlin Cain, CEO, World Trade Center

The BioMedical District: An Engine for Innovation & Development
Dr. Gene D'Amour, Special Assistant to the President, Xavier University
Chairman, Bio District Board of Directors

Banking New Orleans: Financing in a Connected Economy, Part 1
Banking New Orleans: Financing in a Connected Economy, Part 2
Guy Williams, President, Gulf Coast Bank