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The Future of Redevelopment Agencies
Le Meridien
San Francisco, CA
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The Future of Redevelopment Agencies
**Note: the registration deadline for this event has been extended until November 14th at 5 pm.

California's Redevelopment Agencies continue to improve their cities with economically revitalizing projects that bring affordable housing, jobs, infrastructure improvements and public amenities to their local communities.  However, proposed California budget cuts and possible agency closures suggest concerns about the status of re-development throughout the state.

Join SMPS for a lively panel discussion on the key issues impacting city redevelopment agencies, how are cities managing projects in their pipeline, and how the A/E/C industry can support these agencies to prepare for future changes. The panelists will discuss the redevelopment agencies in the Bay Area and how current legislation will affect future projects.  Agency Directors from San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco will provide their insight into the future of work in their cities and what the forecast looks like in the forthcoming years.

Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director, SPUR
Gabriel Metcalf is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), a nonprofit membership organization that promotes good planning and good government through research, education and advocacy. Under Metcalf's leadership, SPUR has grown dramatically in influence and membership.

Metcalf has authored or co-authored such notable articles as "The Northern California Megaregion" (2007), "Civic Planning in America" (2007), "Regional Planning without Regional Government" (2004), "Democracy and Planning" (2003), Vision of A Place: A Guide to the San Francisco General Plan (2002) and "City of Safety" (2001).

Before becoming Executive Director in 2005, Metcalf led SPUR's policy and advocacy work for five years. Prior to working at SPUR, he worked for The Bay Institute, an environmental organization focused on California water policy. He was also a co-founder and, for many years, Board Chairman of City CarShare. A frequent writer and speaker on planning and policy topics, Gabriel earned a Master's degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Gregory Hunter, Oakland Community and Economic Development Agency (CEDA)
As Deputy Director of Economic Development & Redevelopment Gregory Hunter for CEDA, Hunter has been instrumental in helping CEDA's with their goal to improve the physical and economic environments of Oakland through sustainable development that embraces three core principles: healthy environment, economy, and equity.

Hunter has held various management positions within the City of Oakland for 11 years including serving as Assistant to the City Manager. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Geography and Urban Planning. He was selected as a National Urban Fellow in 1995 and undertook his graduate studies at Baruch College/City University of New York earning a Master of Public Administration. Hunter is very enthusiastic about his chosen career as it provides him the opportunity to effect change in those communities that need it the most.

Amy Neches, Manager of Project Area Planning and Development, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency
Amy Neches oversees large-scale urban redevelopment planning and implementation efforts for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.  She oversees the Agency's development partnerships in the Yerba Buena Center, Mission Bay, Transbay, and Rincon Point-South Beach Redevelopment Areas, as well planning work in the Mid-Market and Visitacion Valley areas.  Neches was one of the City's lead negotiators for the development entitlements for the 303-acre master-planned Mission Bay project and served as the Agency's Mission Bay senior project manager until 2008.

Prior to joining the Agency in 1995, Neches spent three years in affordable housing development and finance.  Her experience also includes six years in investment banking in New York, concentrating in mortgage and asset-backed securities.

Neches holds BA and MBA degrees from Yale University. She serves as Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) National Public Private Partnership Council and is a member of the ULI San Francisco District Council Executive Committee.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics society.

Richard Keit, Managing Director, San Jose Redevelopment Agency
Richard Keit has 25 years of service and leadership with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency. Formerly the San Jose Redevelopment Agency's Director of Business Development, Keit's is now the Managing Director of the Agency.  He oversees a staff of twelve including several contract employees which focus on blight elimination, job-creation, economic development, and tax-growth.  

Keit has also held various positions in local government, including Manager of the Housing Division, Neighborhood Business District Coordinator, and Director of Neighborhood and Industrial Development. In his previous roles, Keit managed retention, expansion, and attraction efforts in the City's redevelopment project areas, which included industrial areas, downtown, and neighborhood business districts.

Keit holds Master's degrees in Public Administration and Urban Planning from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz.


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333 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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