Construction, real estate pros at symposium


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The Lehigh Valley Business Real Estate and Development Symposium will be held tomorrow morning, March 11, at DeSales University Center in Center Valley.

The event brings together real estate, construction and development professionals, exhibitors and speakers to discuss and promote the region's real estate industry and the development that is helping to grow and change the face of the community.

"We are very excited to present our first Real Estate & Construction Symposium," said Michael O'Rourke, Lehigh Valley Business publisher.

He said he expects that it will be an educational event for participants.

"We will have two different panel discussions about what's going on in the Greater Lehigh Valley," he said.

The first panel discussion will be tackling the issue of "major real estate projects in the Lehigh Valley."

Joe Fitzpatrick, shareholder and founder of the Fitzpatrick, Lentz & Bubba law firm in Center Valley, will moderate the panel with Dave Colver, chairman of the Palmer Township board of supervisors, Jim Harbaugh, vice president of sales and leasing for City Center Lehigh Valley, and Alicia Miller Karner, director of community and economic development for Bethlehem.

The second panel discussion is "what's hot and what's not in the commercial, industrial, office and residential real estate markets in the Lehigh Valley."

Don Cunningham, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp., will moderate the panel with Bill Wolf, executive vice president of CBRE Commercial Real Estate in Allentown; Doug Frederick of the Frederick Group of Allentown; and David Jaindl, owner and president of the Jaindl Land Co. of Orefield.

Luke Tilley, officer and economic adviser for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will provide an economic forecast presentation at the event.

Also, there will be about 20 exhibitors displaying products ranging from kitchen remodeling to architectural concrete products. And there will be plenty of opportunities to meet other attendees.

"We are expecting over 400 real estate and construction professionals to attend the event, so it will be a great networking opportunity as well," O'Rourke said.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .



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