Speaking Engagement:

CDA & IDA 2015 Forum | Economic Development Success - After Redevelopment

Event Information


Tuesday, March 10, 2015


10:30 - Noon


The Georgian Hotel
1415 Ocean Drive
Santa Monica, CA

Sponsored By:

California Downtown Association and International Downtown Association
West Coast Urban District Forum 2015 (March 9-11, 2015)

California has always been a land of opportunity, where those who dream big have found great success with hard work and a little luck. Two decades ago our predecessors also dreamed big, creating the law establishing business improvement districts in the Golden State. Since then, Southern California has seen a resurgence of Downtowns as vibrant community centers. This has created an even greater importance on balancing the need for day-to-day management while remaining innovative for the future.

Join us in Santa Monica where we will continue to imagine new possibilities while providing you with the practical tools needed to make your dreams a reality. Special thanks to our host partner, Downtown Santa Monica and their team for ensuring an exciting and educational program that includes Master Talks, breakout sessions, tours and networking opportunities.  The West Coast Urban District forum will occur over three days, with opportunities to explore, learn and network. Breakout sessions and receptions will be held at locations throughout downtown Santa Monica – all within easy walking distance.

Breakout Session:

Economic Development Success - After Redevelopment


Dan Massiello, Kosmont Transaction Services
Pete Carmichael, City of Redondo Beach


Lauren Schlau, LS Consulting

Session Overview:

Successful post-RDA economic development opportunities exist in California if districts and cities know what strategies are available, and how and when to employ them. Tools include using public owned property, special districts (tourism, restaurant, other), site specific tax reimbursement agreements, Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts EIFDs), utility authority structures, and other post RDA financing tools. Hear from expert economic development and land use practitioners and consultants who have been tapping into these strategies to create new economic development opportunities across a range of land use types.