February 18, 2013

UNO to Hold Annual Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminars

As area development continues its rebound and recovery from the national recession and housing crisis, the University of New Orleans hosts two economic outlook and real estate forecast seminars.

An economic outlook and real estate forecast seminar focused on the greater New Orleans metropolitan area will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, in the ballroom of UNO’s University Center, located on UNO’s lakefront campus, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70122.

A similar seminar surrounding an economic outlook and real estate forecast seminar focused on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartain will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at the Clarion Inn & Suites Conference Center located at 501 North Highway 190 in Covington. 

Registration and networking for both seminars begins at 8 a.m., followed by opening remarks from UNO President Peter J. Fos and John Williams, interim dean of the UNO College of Business Administration, economists said. Pat Brister, president of St. Tammany Parish, will join the UNO leaders for opening remarks on the Northshore.

At the New Orleans seminar, Ivan Miestchovich, director of the UNO Institute for Economic Development & Real Estate Research, will serve as moderator for four panel presentations:

  • “The Economy and Tourism and Hospitality Market,” presented by interim dean of UNO COBA John Williams and Janet Speyrer, UNO’s associate dean for research and director of the University’s Division for Business & Economic Research;
  • “Focus on the French Quarter,” presented by Geoff Lutz of Tulane University and Michael Wilkinson of French Quarter Realty;
  • “Commercial Real Estate,” presented by Chris Abadie of Stirling Properties and Gerard Henry of Max J. Derbes, Inc.;
  • “Residential Real Estate,” featuring Richard Haase of Latter & Blum, Inc. and Larry Schedler of Larry G. Schedler & Associates.

At the Northshore seminar in Covington, Miestchovich will present the economic overview and outlook for the Northshore region, followed by a panel discussion of the modified Charleston Method of Wetlands Mitigation imposed on the Northshore by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and its effects on future development.

Brenda Reine Burtus, executive director of the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, will moderate the panel. Panelists will include: Michael Saucier of Gulf States Real Estate Services; Eric Schouest of CLECO Power LLC; Sean Burkes of J.V. Burkes & Associates, Inc. and attorney T. Jay Seale, III of Seale & Ross.

Miestochovich will also moderate two subsequent panels:

  • A commercial real estate panel, presented by Martin Mayer and Townsend Underhill of Stirling Properties; and
  • A residential real estate panel, again featuring Richard Haase of Latter & Blum, Inc. and Larry Schedler of Larry G. Schedler & Associates.       

Registration for each event is $40 at the door. Advance registration for each seminar is $35; deadlines are Friday, Feb. 22 for the New Orleans Metro seminar and Friday, March 15 for the Northshore seminar. The cost to attend both the New Orleans Metro and Northshore Seminars is $60 if registered by Friday, Feb. 22. The events are free to UNO faculty, staff and students; registration is required.

For registration forms and detailed agenda, visit www.realestate.uno.edu.