Guest Speakers on Urban Development

Neal Howard – Associate with the Beal Companies
Brian Coleman – Executive Director of Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center

March 28th
5:15-7:45
Room 315 Behrakis

This session of the Urban Economic Development class is open to all students to hear these guest speakers.

Neal Howard is an associate with the Beal Companies, one of Boston’s leading real estate development firms. Beal has recently joined in a partnership with Street-Works Development to co-develop and co-manage the $1.6B redevelopment of historic downtown Quincy.

Beal and Street-Works share the vision of combining financial prudence with entrepreneurial vision and thoughtfulness to create a downtown that will be successful for generations to come.  With the Quincy Center revitalization, Beal/Street-Works will be applying our combined ingenuity, innovation and experience to re-imagine the way downtowns are built.

We believe Quincy represents what is possible for the next generation of livable and sustainable downtowns.  His discussion will link to the course topic of downtown revitalization as economic development.

Brian Coleman is the executive director of Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC), the premier nonprofit industrial developer in New York City. Since its inception in 1992, GMDC has rehabilitated six North Brooklyn manufacturing buildings for occupancy by small manufacturing enterprises, artisans and artists.  Mr. Coleman will talk about GMDC’s work, emphasizing themes from our class: creative reuse of existing buildings, manufacturing’s role in the urban economy, artisans and economic development, creative financing, and urban agriculture.

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