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2016 Annual Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminars

New Orleans - Friday, May 6, 2016

Northshore - TBA

Collage of images - Kirschman Hall, row of houses, tall building being built, Causeway Bridge, Cityscape of New Orleans

The Institute is a public service division of the College of Business Administration  that combines the resources of the Center for Economic Development and the Real Estate Research Center.

In memory of Dr. Ivan Miestchovich (September 27, 1948 - September 25, 2015)

IvanAfter a yearlong battle with ALS, Dr. Ivan Miestchovich, the Institute's recently retired Director, Associate Professor of Finance and Max J. Derbes III Professor in Real Estate, passed away on Friday, September 25th. Dr. Miestchovich retired with 38 years of distinguished service from the university and in May 2015, before his retirement, the annual Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminars were named in his honor. Though retired, Dr. Miestchovich planned on assisting the Institute in an advisory role, as he was still devoted to UNO and the success of the Institute. He will be greatly missed by his staff as well as his many friends and colleagues at UNO and in the business community.

Services for Dr. Miestchovich are as follows:
Friends will be received Monday, October 5, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home located at 2000 N Morrison Blvd, Hammond, LA 70401. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Gleason Initiative Foundation, P.O. Box 24493, New Orleans, LA 70184.

Below is the link to Dr. Miestchovich's full obituary: 

Institute News, September 28, 2015

Dr. Robert Penick has been appointed the Interim Director of the Institute for Economic Development and Real Estate Research. He succeeds Dr. Ivan Miestchovich as Director of the Institute. Dr. Miestchovich retired from UNO in May and was planning to be an advisor to the Institute until his passing on Friday, September 25, 2015. Dr. Penick had Dr. Miestchovich's full support and confidence in leading the Institute into its new chapter.

Dr. Penick also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Finance, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in real estate principles and real estate finance. He holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. in business administration and management from Loyola University of New Orleans. He also holds a M.Ed. in supervision and administration from Our Lady of Holy Cross College of New Orleans. His University of New Orleans education includes a M.S. in Urban Studies and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies with a concentration in real estate and real estate ethics. Dr. Penick also holds an Insurance license in the State of Louisiana.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Penick to the Institute.

Dr. Robert Penick's full bio 


2015 Metropolitan New Orleans & Northshore Region Real Estate Market Analysis

The 2015 Metropolitan New Orleans & Northshore Region Real Estate Market Analysis published May 2015

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Executive Partner:

Latter & Blum

 General Partner:



bank of new orleanscapitalone



Lachin Oubre Architects




St Tammany Gov







Corporate Realty

  Favrot & Shan

First Lake

 Gulf Coast Bank

 Gulf States

Home Bank

  Louis "Pat" Miramon Jr.

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