Monday, June 1, 2015

UNO and Latter & Blum to Present Annual Ivan Miestchovich Economic Outlook & Real Estate Forecast Seminar for the North Shore

The University of New Orleans and Latter & Blum, Inc. will present the Ivan Miestchovich Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminar for the North Shore region on Friday, June 12 in Covington. It will take place at the Clarion Inn and Suites Conference Center, 501 N. Highway 190, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The annual seminar, newly named to honor economist Ivan Miestchovich who retired in May after a 38-year career at UNO, focuses on trends and outlooks for the I-10/I-12 corridor of the North Shore.

Registration and networking will begin at 8 a.m., followed by opening remarks from John Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration, and St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister.

The first panel, focused on North Shore economic development, will be moderated by Ashley Cangelosi Llewellyn of the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation. Quentin Messer, assistant secretary for Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the panel’s lead speaker, will discuss statewide economic development strategies and projects.

His remarks will be followed by Brenda Bertus, CEO of the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation; Stacy Neal, executive director of the Tangipahoa Parish Economic Development Foundation; and Larry Collins, president and CEO of the Livingston Parish Economic Development Council, who will address the economic development assets, projects and plans for their parishes.

The next two panels will be moderated by Robert Penick, senior vice president and CFO of Latter & Blum, Inc., and a UNO adjunct faculty member. The residential real estate panel will feature Richard Haase, president of Latter & Blum Inc., and Larry Schedler, president of Larry Schedler & Associates. The commercial real estate panel will include Michael Saucier and Robert “Terry” Blackwell with Gulf States Real Estate Services.

The cost to attend the seminar is $40 in advance (if registered by June 8) and $45 at the door. The event is free to UNO faculty, staff and students, but they must also register. To register and for a detailed agenda, visit  Louisiana Real Estate Commission continuing education credits of four hours have been applied for.