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Cultivating Development: Innovation at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate

August 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
August 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
McNichols Building
144 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80211 United States
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Innovation at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate

Where: McNichols Building, Civic Center Park, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, August 16, 2-6:30pm (tours/VIP reception) || Thursday, August 17, 2017, 11am – 5pm (main program)

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See presentations from our program below:

General Session 1:
Cultivating Development, Part 1
Cultivating Development, Part 2

Breakout Sessions 1:
Locally Sourced Food Plans and Agritourism, Part 1 ;
Locally Sourced Food Plans and Agritourism, Part 2

Cooking up Something Good in Retail, Part 1 ;
Cooking up Something Good in Retail, Part 2

Creating an Ecosystem for Food Entrepreneurs

Breakout Sessions 2:
Food as an Anchor for Mixed Use Development, Part 1
Food as an Anchor for Mixed Use Development, Part 2

Food Halls: Hall of Fame or Hall of Mirrors Part 1
Food Halls: Hall of Fame or Hall of Mirrors Part 2
Food Halls: Hall of Fame or Hall of Mirrors Part 3
Food Halls: Hall of Fame or Hall of Mirrors Part 4
Food Halls: Hall of Fame or Hall of Mirrors Part 5
Food Halls: Hall of Fame or Hall of Mirrors Part 6

Urban Agriculture: How to Make it Work and Work for your Community, Part 1
Urban Agriculture: How to Make it Work and Work for your Community, Part 2
Urban Agriculture: How to Make it Work and Work for your Community, Part 3

Breakout Sessions 3:
Developing Replicable Finance Models

No One Eats Alone


A growing interest and awareness in fresh, local food is spurring innovation in real estate development. From food entrepreneurs revolutionizing urban landscapes, to food halls and retail in mixed use projects, to agritourism—how are innovative approaches to food driving healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable outcomes in cities and communities?

What do savvy real estate leaders need to know about trends in food and development?

At this forum in the McNichols Building in Denver’s Civic Center Park, developers, investors, restaurateurs, food entrepreneurs, advocates, and others will come together to learn, share, and enjoy a unique culinary and professional experience.

Some of the forum highlights will include:

  • Kick-off Reception at The Source (5-7 pm, Wednesday, August 16)
  • Optional Agritourism Tour (2-4 pm, Wed. Aug. 16)
  • Food Truck Lunch at Civic Center Eats
  • Creating an Ecosystem for Food Entrepreneurs
  • Curating Great Retail and Placemaking with Food
  • Food as a Mixed-Use Anchor
  • Food Halls and Unconventional Retail
  • Urban Agriculture and Development: How to Make it Work
  • Developing Replicable Financing Models
  • Food Access and Food Justice
  • Chef’s Table & Community Happy Hour!


Wednesday, August 16th:

2 – 5 pm: Adams County and the City of Brighton Plan Agritourism – Optional Tour (signup required – email charles.allisongodfrey@uli.org for more information)
5 – 7 pm: Kickoff Reception.  Join us at RiNo Yacht Club located inside The Source (3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver) for complimentary drink, food, and networking in Denver’s first food hall.  Sponsored by Zeppelin Development

Thursday, August 17th:

11 – 11:30am: Pre-registration at the McNichols Building, Civic Center Park, Pick up name tags and lunch coupons.

11am – 12:15pm: Lunch at Civic Center Eats (food trucks), Civic Center Park

12:30 – 1:00 pm: Cultivating Development. Join the Urban Land Institute for an overview of trends and opportunities at the intersection of food and real estate.
Speaker: Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow, Charles E. Fraser Chair for Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy

1 – 1:05 pm: Welcome from ULI Colorado


1:15 – 2:15 pm: Breakout Sessions 1.0

(1) Locally Sourced Food Plans and Agritourism. Adams County & the City of Brighton are collaborating to preserve prime agricultural lands, foster entrepreneurship, deploy the food heritage for economic development, and shape a regional food draw. Learn about their new District Plan to promote agritourism and farmland preservation. Core topics: Creating county-wide initiatives, agritourism, placemaking and economic growth for rural communities, public and private development partnerships.
Speakers: Greg Williams (moderator), Executive Director, Colorado Agricultural Association (invited);
Abel Montoya, Director of Long Range Planning for Adams County;
Aja Tibbs, Long Range/ Historic Preservation Planner, Community Development, City of Brighton;
Martha Sullins, Front Range Regional Specialist, Food Systems and Business Management, Colorado State University Extension;
Jeff Moline, Agricultural Resource Manager, Boulder County

(2) Cooking Up Something Good in Retail! These developers and entrepreneurs are curating great retail through food, but they bring more than local restaurants… they bring neighborhood solutions. Core topics: curating retail, placemaking, public-private partnerships
Speakers: James McCandless, (moderator) Director, Strategic Partnerships, 505 Design;
Kelly Greene, President, Urban Legend, Legend Partners;
Kyle Zeppelin, President, Zeppelin Development;
Paul Tamburello, Owner/Broker, Generator Real Estate;

(3) Creating an Ecosystem for Food Entrepreneurs. Boulder is known for craft beer and bicycles, but among foodies, it is also the place where new companies challenge the old guard in the food business. Up-and-coming food companies like Purely Elizabeth, Made in Nature and Good Karma Foods have moved to Boulder to access the city’s deep bench of food executives, a food retail environment that prizes innovation and experimentation, and investment capital. Core topics: food startups, business re-location, the food economy
Speakers: Clif Harald, (moderator) Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council, Boulder Chamber
Susan Graf, Vice President, Regional Development Manager, New Resource Bank;
Ben Fenton, Vice President, Boulder Food Group;
Ricardo Rocha, CEO, Goodness Groceries
Sara Rodriguez, CFO and Venture Funding Lead, Uncharted

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Breakout Sessions 2.0

(1) Food as an Anchor for Mixed Use Development. Getting the right tenant mix is crucial to a mixed-use project’s success — and creating great ground floor retail is essential to good urbanism. Is food the key to making mixed use and density work? How can we bring everyday food choices into traditional for-profit development to activate our urban neighborhoods and yield positive returns? This all-star panel discusses how they make their grocery retail work at very different scales.
Speakers: Alan Lewis, (moderator) Director of Special Projects, Natural Grocers & Gov’t Affairs, Food and Ag Policy, Organic Compliance, Supply Chain Integrity;
Scott Menefee, Senior Development Director, Holland Partner Group;
Thomas Spahr, Owner, The Blue Bird Real Estate Group; Chair, Nourish Community Market;
Mike Fogarty, Senior Category Manager, DanonWave; Founder, Choice Market

(2) Food Halls: Hall of Fame or Hall of Mirrors? Food truck gatherings like Boulder’s new Rayback Collective have joined shipping container pop-up shops like LoHi’s Avanti to created instant, low-risk people places that challenge conventional
development. These out-of-the-box approaches are increasingly being deployed to enliven public space and create an instant community around the age-old tradition of food and family dining. But are they a sustainable business model? Core topics: food halls, placemaking, unconventional retail
Speakers: Justin Croft, (moderator) Project Manager, Zeppelin Development;
Mark Shaker, President, Flightline Ventures, Developer of Stanley Marketplace;
Justin Riley, Co-founder & CEO, Rayback Collective;
Eric Shafran, Founder/Principal, SII, LLC;Portfolio Integration Manager, National Western  Center, City and County of Denver;
Justin Anderson, Director of Hospitality Development, Zeppelin Development

(3) Urban Agriculture and Development: How to Make it Work and Work for Your Community. Community-supported agriculture can help create sustainable local food systems. Even the densest cities can support urban agricultural zones at different scales. Learn how these developers are integrating urban ag to build food education and community while providing better access to healthy foods across Colorado communities. Core topics: Urban agriculture, food equity
Speakers: Quint Redmond, (moderator) Owner, Agriburbia LLC;
Clem Rinehart, Owner/Broker, TreeHouse Brokerage and Development;
David Kahn, Principal, Sun Studio;
Eric Kornacki, Founder, Re:Vision;
Matt Shawaker, Associate Principal, RNL Design;

3:45 – 4:45 pm: Afternoon Breakout Sessions 3.0

(1) Food Finance: Developing Replicable Financing Models. A session that explores TIF, Tax Credits, PRI, Bonds, and other new tools to help connect food and real estate. This session will explore replicable financing models to help you create complete communities.
Speakers: Blake Angelo (moderator), Manager of Food System Development, Office of Economic Development, City and County of Denver;
Ed Briscoe, President, Impact Charitable;
Wade Shelton, Project Manager, Trust for Public Land;
Erin Lyng, Associate, Progressive Urban Management Associates;
Cassie Wright, Development Director, Urban Ventures;
Anne Misak, Loan Officer, Colorado Enterprise Fund

(2) No One Eats Alone: A Conversation with Michael S. Carolan
A sociology professor who writes about food as a social enterprise and the human connection of “foodscapes,” Carolan contends that real change only happens when we start acting like citizens first and consumers second. No One Eats Alone is a book about becoming better food citizens. This session explores how to get past the initial conversations of food access and food justice and talk about the “how.”
Speaker: Michael S. Carolan, Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University

4:45 – 5:45 pm: Chef’s Table! This melting pot of local restaurateurs, chefs, community food activists, and food inspired developers share their lessons learned, aspirations, and discuss what’s next.
Brian Coppom, (moderator) Executive Director, Boulder County Farmers Market
Denise Mickelsen, Food Editor, 5280 Magazine
Paul Reilly, Executive Chef/Proprietor, Beast+Bottle, Coperta;
Katie Lazor, Executive Director, EatDenver;
Wendy Peters Moschetti, Director of Food Systems, LiveWell Colorado
Alan Lewis, Director of Special Projects, Natural Grocers & Gov’t Affairs, Food and Ag Policy, Organic Compliance, Supply Chain Integrity

6 pm: Closing


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Private Sector:                                 85                       115
Public Sector:                                   75                       100
Young Leader (under 35):             65                       90
Student/Retired:                             40                       55

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