Presenting The 8th Annual Economic And Real Estate Forecast Symposium


NEW ORLEANS –– New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® (NOMAR) and Commercial Investment Divison of the New Orleans Metropolitan Assocation of REALTORS® (CID) in partnership with Loyola University will host the 8th Annual Economic and Real Estate Forecast Symposium. The conference will take place on Tuesday, October 9 from 12:30 – 5:00 p.m., followed by a Business Networking Reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Loyola University, Roussel Hall. This year’s theme is “New Orleans as an Innovation Economy: Making the Connections.” Tickets are available online at

The Economic and Real Estate Forecast Symposium is perhaps the most prestigious economic and real estate conference in Louisiana, with several hundred attendees annually. It is a professional, high-powered event that continues to attract large audiences because of the quality and reputation of the speakers. The symposium features a distinguished group of experts in real estate, finance, government and academia, who evaluate and discuss real estate and financial markets. Many of the best business minds and most important decision-makers in Louisiana examine how the political and economic environment will impact real estate and business today, and share their expert views on what lies ahead, providing the information and the perspective needed to have the competitive edge to prosper in our changing times.

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Featured guest speakers are as follows: Tania Tetlow, President of Loyola University New Orleans; Jon Atkinson, CEO Idea Village; Dr. Wade Ragas, Real Property Associates; Bill Bliss, Managing Broker Lakeview, Latter & Blum, Inc.; Michael Sawaya, President and General Manager of New Orleans Convention Center; Caitlin Cain, CEO of the World Trade Center; Dr. Gene D'Amour, Special Assistant to the President, Xavier University; Kurt M. Weigle, President & CEO of Downtown Development District; Guy Williams, President, Gulf Coast Bank.

The symposium will present speakers and panel discussions on a variety of topics such as: New Orleans as an Innovation Economy – Evolution of an Ecosystem; The New Orleans Real Estate Market: In search of a Direction; The Trend Line: What does the data say?; The Residential Market: Taking a Pulse; Legacy Economic Drivers: Aligning Strategic Assets; The Convention Center: Positioning for 21st Century Tourism; New Orleans: Leveraging World Connectivity; The BioMedical District: An Engine for Innovation & Development; and Banking New Orleans: Financing in a Connected Economy.

One of the highlights of the conference will be the Tuesday evening networking reception where several hundred professionals and experts in real estate, finance, government and academia, will socialize and enjoy New Orleans inspired cocktails and cuisine.

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