From Blight to Bright! How to Improve Milwaukee’s Commercial Corridors
Why Should YOU Attend?
This exciting and impactful symposium is designed to assist you with positively enhancing neighborhood-based commercial corridors by assisting you with the creation of an action plan to fill commercial vacancies for real economic development success!
Who Should Attend?
All economic development professionals (Business Improvement District [BID] Managers & Staff, BID Board Directors, CDC & EDC Staff, commercial corridor professionals, real estate developers & brokers, and other like community/economic development professionals). Anyone who is involved in the process of filling vacant commercial properties and/or wants to improve their community's blighted properties and areas should attend! Please contact us if you have any questions: 414.736.9263
How Do YOU Benefit?
By attending, you will go through a four (4) step process that will lead to action! You will develop your action plan to positively enhance your commercial corridor after going through the following steps:
1) Learning from internationally known commercial revitalization professional Ms. Larisa Ortiz of Larisa Ortiz Associates.
2) You will then hear from a panel of commercial vacancy experts.
3) You will put together your commercial vacancy action plan.
4) Follow-up on your action plan.
Friday, September 16, 2016
8am - 12:30pm
Wisconsin African-American Women's Center (WAAW)
3020 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee, WI 53208
Register by investing in yourself & your commercial corridor:
$59 (early bird EXTENDED to the close of business on September 12th)
$99 (at the door)
CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER TODAY! https://c-4symposium.eventbrite.com/
Please contact C-4 to REGISTER or to SPONSOR: 414. 885.1830 |
About Larisa Ortiz
Larisa is an urban planner with a lifelong passion for commercial revitalization and a distinguished career leading commercial revitalization initiatives for public, private and non-profit organizations. As a child visiting family in Guayama, Puerto Rico, she often dreamed of finding ways to reverse the slow decline of the historic downtown she had come to love.
Larisa brings an unmitigated commitment to commercial revitalization, and over 15 years of national and international experience to her clients. Most recently, this includes the successful effort to establish Latin America’s first Business Improvement District as well as the award-winning and design and execution of the City of New York’s capacity building programs in retail leasing and leadership programs for commercial district practitioners.
Prior to founding Larisa Ortiz Associates in 2008, Larisa served as founding Director of the Commercial Markets Advisory Service (CMAS), the in-house technical assistance program for the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), where she was charged with developing and executing technical assistance, training and capacity building programs in commercial revitalization for LISC’s network of offices and community partners around the country. While at LISC, Larisa also served as Director of LISC MetroEdge, an in-house retail market analysis service for LISC communities nationwide. MetroEdge is credited with fundamentally changing the discipline of market analysis for urban communities. Larisa continues to serve LISC MetroEdge as their lead East coast consultant.
While a Senior Project Manager at the New York Economic Development Corporation, Larisa led the inter-agency team charged with developing a comprehensive rezoning and regulatory framework for 125th Street in Harlem to ensure the longevity of the nations’ premier destination for African-American arts, culture and entertainment.
As a Watson Fellow and later Fulbright Scholar, Larisa has traveled the world investigating successful models of downtown revitalization, particularly in Spanish speaking countries, where she has conducted work in Guayama, Puerto Rico; Barcelona, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Santiago, Chile.
Larisa holds a B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree in City Planning with a concentration in real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Larisa teaches “Downtown Economic Development” at Pratt Institute. She is also the editor of the Commercial District Advisor blog, offering practical tips and profiling best practices in urban commercial district management, and is a frequent speaker and instructor on economic development in communities throughout the Tri-State Area.
Commissioner, New York City Planning Commission
Board Member, International Downtown Association (IDA)
Lead East Coast Consultant, LISC MetroEdge
Visiting Professor, Pratt Institute
Eastern Division Alliance Public Sector Co-Chair, ICSC Alliance Program
Co-Author, "Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse," International Economic Development Council
Advisor, Design Trust for Public Space - Energetic City Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee Member, Regional Planning Association's Fourth Regional Plan + Economic Development Working Group Subcommittee
Advisory Committee Co-Chair, One New York
More info here:
(NOTE: this is a separate event from the Symposium)
Where: C-4 BRIC building on 2741 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
When: Thursday, 4:30-6:30pm
There is NO cost to attend this Reception!!!
We invite C-4 Symposium Registrants, Sponsors, and the public, to join us in welcoming Larisa Ortiz. Please take advantage of the opportunity to have a one-on-one, face-to-face chat with Larisa, C-4, & other economic development professionals. It will be a great way to learn, make connections, and warm-up to the next day Symposium’s morning events!
SAVE THE DATE!!!
C-4's next Symposium is on
Friday, December 16, 2016
We are at your service! For more information: 414-885-1830 or email@example.com.
All C-4 Symposiums are action-oriented events that cater to people who truly want to make a real difference in neighborhood-based commercial corridors. When you attend our Symposiums, you will develop your knowledge, put together your action plan, and walk-out with confidence that you can make a difference in your community!