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Accelerate Long Beach, a quarterly economic forum hosted by the Long Beach Economic Partnership
December 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Find out how Long Beach’s real estate development sector is building up the local and regional economy at Accelerate Long Beach, a quarterly economic forum hosted by the Long Beach Economic Partnership.
On Thursday, Dec. 9, the free virtual conference will feature city leaders, economists, investors and real estate experts. They will provide insight on how investors are building on a solid foundation, betting on Long Beach’s future with developments recently completed, under construction and coming soon.
Real estate development accounts for about 17% of gross regional product (GRP) in the Long Beach area, and the massive industry is one that fuels itself. Businesses and developments attract more business and development, with that growing ecosystem building a higher quality of life overall.
This virtual conference is free and open to all. Live Q&A sessions with our speakers and experts will give you a chance to get deeper insight into Long Beach’s economic picture, and the opportunities available in the local real estate sector.
Register now for this FREE virtual conference!
Ryan Altoon is the Executive Vice President of Anderson Pacific, the firm that co-developed The Currant and Shoreline Gateway projects in downtown Long Beach. He has more than 16 years of experience in real estate, strategic planning, management and finance, as well as a background in architectural design.
Jean Paul Wardy is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of CenterCal Properties, the developer behind Long Beach’s beachside 2nd & PCH shopping center. Wardy has been in real estate since 1990 and is committed to creating successful retail-driven projects that enhance and elevate the communities they serve. His is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
City Ventures Senior Vice President Ryan Aeh, a residential and retail real estate expert whose efforts over the past two decades have led to the development of more than 2,500 homes in Southern California’s supply-constrained coastal infill markets, including residences in Long Beach. He’s a board member of the Irvine Community Land Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to creating permanently affordable housing in Orange County.
City Ventures Division President Natasha Zabaneh is a real estate professional with more than 15 years of infill residential and mixed-use development experience. She’s worked on developments in more than 40 cities in 15 different counties across California.
Laserfiche CEO Chris Wacker is a content management software company pioneer who started a worldwide business from the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. With a massive headquarters, on display for drivers on the 405 Freeway, Laserfiche is a homegrown success that recently expanded its footprint on Long Beach Boulevard and continues to spread its global reach.
Jason Silver is the Vice President of Development for Ledcor, the firm that co-developed The Currant and Shoreline Gateway projects in downtown Long Beach. His portfolio includes work on more than $2 billion in low and high-rise real estate development projects.
City of Long Beach Economic Development Director John Keisler creates economic opportunities for workers, investors, and entrepreneurs in one of the nation’s largest, most diverse, and most active urban cities. His work with the city, holding various positions since 2005, has made it easier for businesses to start and grow in Long Beach.
An award-winning attorney and a champion for the Third District, Councilmember Suzie Price played a key role in helping facilitate the development of 2nd & PCH. She is also Vice Chair of the Long Beach Budget Oversight Committee and a member of the Tidelands and Harbor Committee.
CSULB Professor & Associate Director of the Office of Economic Research Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D., who brings more than three decades of experience to his public speaking, economic studies and policy analysis.
CSULB Professor & Chair of Economics Seiji Steimetz, Ph.D., who helped develop the Accelerate Long Beach quarterly economic forums and specializes in urban and environmental economics, with emphasis in applied econometrics and methodology.