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April 29, 2021
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Join Dan Leonard and the NAIOP Upstate Board on April 29 as part of our ever-popular Noon Zoom series. The moderator will interface with members of our local real estate development community with this purposefully diverse line up of vantage points on trends, realities and thought leadership. Enjoy hearing from these insightful panelists who have seen it all in community and real estate development, planning and engagement:

Rebecca Gandour, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation

Rebecca Gandour is the Executive Vice President for the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) focusing on the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park transformation and corporation finances and governance.  Prior to working with BUDC, Ms. Gandour spent eight years as the City of Buffalo’s Director of Development in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning.  She oversaw the City’s economic development programs and worked closely with Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), BUDC and Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA).  She helped to negotiate the agreement with Douglas Development that capitalized the Accelerator Fund, a groundbreaking public private partnership. Major projects included the facilitation of AMC theatre opening in Downtown Buffalo, a $10 million private investment, and 201 Ellicott, a $75 million investment that included a fresh food market and 201 affordable housing units.


Chris Round, Chazen, a LaBella Company

As Vice-President of Planning of the Chazen, a LaBella Company Mr. Round leads the company’s planning practice that serves both municipal and private markets. Mr. Round has over 30 years’ experience in providing community and land use planning, SEQRA/NEPA expertise, project planning to local and regional governments, institutions, and a wide variety of public and private clients.   During his 17-year tenure with the Chazen Companies, the Planning team has successfully supported municipalities in completing brownfield/economic development plans, bicycle and pedestrian plans, waterfront redevelopment and a wide variety of infrastructure projects.  His team has secured in excess of $50M in funding to support parks, trails, streetscape and infrastructure improvements over the last several years. 


Newell Nussbaumer, Buffalo Rising

An observer and commentator on all things real estate in Buffalo and its surrounding areas, Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. He knows what's happening and what people are saying about it! Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival. 


Chris Hill, I. Gordon Corporation

Vice President of Rochester-based I. Gordon Corp, Chris will share his expereince working in the Rochester area on projects spanning multifamily, retail and one of the largest high-rise office buildings downtown, The First Federal Building.  The State and City have been working to improve the riverway through a $50MM grant called, Roc the Riverway of which Chris has helped shepherd as the Board Chair of the nonprofit RDDC. The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, or RDDC, has served as the connection between urban planning and development for decades in Rochester. 


The discussion will be moderated by Dan Leonard, Wendel Companies.

This event will be brought to you via ZOOM. A link will be emailed to all registered attendees, as well as provided on the NAIOP Upstate New York Chapter Web site the day of the event.

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When: Apr 29, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: NAIOP Upstate NY NOON ZOOM: A developer, a planner and a community member walk into a Zoom


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