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2015 Western Legislative Summit

Date: Monday, November 16, 2015 - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Where: San Francisco, California

Across western states, every level of government is developing, debating and enacting policies important to the commercial real estate industry. Often what gains traction in one city or state can quickly carry over to another.

The 2015 Western Legislative Summit focused on major policy initiatives facing our industry in the western region of the country. Each western NAIOP chapter is invited to send a representative to San Francisco in November for this important summit.

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Event Details


Monday, November 16


Time: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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Fior d’Italia
2237 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, November 17

Continental Breakfast

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.

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Time: 8 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.

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  • Thomas Bisacquino, NAIOP President and CEO
  • Toby Burke, Senior Director of State and Local Affairs
Leading Policy Issues Affecting the Commercial Real Estate Industry

Time: 8:10 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

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This session will provide attendees with a broad overview of public policy issues affecting commercial real estate at the national level, with particular impact on western states, setting the foundation for the day&rsquols discussion.

Discussion Leader:

  • Aquiles Suarez, Vice President for Government Affairs
State of the States

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

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This session will allow attendees to provide brief descriptions of the major public policy issues affecting commercial real estate in their states and localities, enabling the group to identify common issues they currently face, or are likely to encounter in the near future.  

Discussion Leader:

  • Toby Burke, Senior Director of State and Local Affairs
Commercial Real Estate and the Affordable Housing Debate

Time: 9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

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As cities look to raise additional revenues for affordable housing through increases in impact or linkage fees impacting commercial development, this session will focus on the industry’s response in addressing the affordable housing issue without inhibiting economic opportunity and commercial development.

Discussion Leader:

  • Craig Benedetto, Principal, California Strategies

Time: 9:50 a.m. - 10 a.m.

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What the Clean Air Debate Means for Commercial Real Estate

Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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The session will focus on legislative and regulatory efforts to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon emissions and its impact on commercial and industrial properties. Topics for discussion will include the Western Climate Initiative, energy benchmarking of commercial real estate and cap and trade programs.

Discussion Leader:

  • Jennifer Hernandez, Partner, Holland & Knight
The Impact of Water on the Commercial Real Estate Landscape

Time: 11 a.m. - noon

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A.   Let It Rain: Water supply is critical for the growth and development in the West. This session will focus on how the supply of water is changing the commercial real estate landscape in the West, including proposed policies and other measures to maintain a sustainable water supply.

Discussion Leader:

  • Steve LaMar, President, Irvine Ranch Water District

B.   Waters of the United States (WOTUS): This part of the session will look in depth at the new federal rule issued by the EPA and ARMY Corps to define which waters across the country will receive federal protection. We will discuss how this new regulation will impact development activities with a focus on the western states.

Discussion Leader:

  • John Bryant, Senior Director of Federal Affairs

Time: noon - 1 p.m.

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The Future of Freight Movement in the West

The luncheon speaker will focus on the public policy challenges facing efficient freight movement from the port to the warehouse to the consumer across the West.

Discussion Leader:

  • Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide
NAIOP Chapter Roundtable: Impacting the Policy Debate

Time: 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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This session will be an opportunity for attendees to share with their colleagues effective advocacy approaches and strategies to engage members, achieve advocacy objectives and address internal and external CRE challenges.

Discussion Leader:

  • Toby Burke, Senior Director of State and Local Affairs
Summit Concludes

Time: 2:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)