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The Suburban Revival: Planning for Growth and Creating Live/Work Desirability for Professionals - SMPS

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The Suburban Revival: Planning for Growth and Creating Live/Work Desirability for Professionals

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The Suburban Revival: Planning for Growth and Creating Live/Work Desirability for Professionals

With large companies investing in talent of all demographics, suburban cities such as Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tualatin, and Gresham are experiencing considerable growth.How do corporations, developers, brokers, and city planners entice this accomplished subset of professionals to work – and live – in the suburbs? How is the urban fabric being woven to provide cultural options people crave?

Join SMPS Oregon for a panel discussion about the future of the suburbs and how the Portland Metro areas are catering to growing needs and expectations.

Tom Parsons, President – Holland Partners GroupTom Parsons-small_web
As President of Holland Development, Tom Parsons has responsibility for all development operation and strategic planning, including site acquisition, finance, marketing, leasing, investment sales and asset management. He brings to Holland over 25 years of development experience in all product types including office, industrial, residential, retail and institutional properties.

Prior to joining Holland, Tom spent 13 years with Opus Northwest as Senior Vice-President managing the Pacific Northwest building significant projects including over 7 million square feet of industrial, 3 million square feet of office space, over 2,000 housing units and over 1 million square feet of retail space valued in excess of $1.8 billion. Opus collaborated with Holland Partner Group on apartment projects totaling over 1,000 units, including Portland’s Ladd Tower, Seattle’s Dexter Lake Union Apartments, the mixed-use M Street project and most recently Coppins Well (1200 Madison.)

Tom’s professional and community relationships are extensive. He is past president of the National Associate of Office and Industrial Properties and the Kirkland Boys and Girls Clubs, and has been a member of NAIOP, BOMA International, ICSC and various regional chambers of commerce and business associations.

Cheryl Twete, Community Development Director – City of BeavertonCheryl
Cheryl Twete currently works for the City of Beaverton as Director of the Community Development Department starting in May 2014. Her responsibilities include Planning, Urban Redevelopment, Economic Development, Transportation, Building, and Sustainability functions. She graduated from Minnesota State University and holds a Master in Urban Planning degree from the University of Oregon. Early in her development career, Cheryl worked for the real estate consulting firm of Leland and Hobson conducting market studies, development programming analyses, and working with entitlement staff in various jurisdictions. Cheryl enjoyed a long career at the Portland Development Commission including serving as Director of Development for four years. She led a wide range of urban renewal and neighborhood development projects and programs, working in most urban renewal areas throughout Portland. Highlights include: the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area (URA), in which she served as senior manager for creation of a new district plan and the URA (1999), followed by negotiation of the South Waterfront District Development Agreement among the City of Portland, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), private developers and PDC, resulting in over $1 billion in private and $100 million in public investment. She also managed the creation of the Gateway (URA) in 2001 and dozens of central city revitalization initiatives, transit oriented development, area development strategies, economic development projects, and affordable housing and mixed-­use property developments. Prior to starting the CDD Director position, Cheryl served as a Senior Development Advisor at Metro/MERC.

Josh Bean, Broker – Doug Bean & Associates, Inc.Josh-28-EDIT_web
Josh joined Doug Bean & Associates, Inc. in January 2007. Josh’s background in negotiation and strategic thinking make him a great addition to the team. His careful attention to emerging trends and intimate understanding of the real estate market provide Doug Bean & Associates, Inc. with the most valuable, up to date market information.

Josh currently holds an Oregon Real Estate License. He is also a member of the National Association of Realtors & the Commercial Association of Realtors.

Alisa Pyszka, Vice President of Recruitment – Greater Portland, Inc.GPI Alisa Pyszka headshot_web
In her role as Vice President of Business Recruitment and Expansion, Alisa Pyszka is responsible for coordinating a proactive business recruitment program for the Portland-Vancouver Metro area.

Alisa has over 15 years of private commercial and economic development experience. She successfully leads collaborative efforts across the region with multiple stakeholders to build emerging industry opportunities. Most recently, she served as the Economic Development Division Manager for the City of Vancouver, where she led city’s recruitment efforts and oversaw the development of critical employment lands. Pyszka’s prior experience also includes serving as a project manager for Cardno WRG Design, Inc., a development consulting firm in Portland.

Alisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Miami University, a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Kansas and is LEED-accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Confluence Project.

Moderator – Suzanne Stevens, Portland Business Journal