Real Cocktail Baltimore: Urban Planning, Innovation & Cocktails

As we broaden our view of innovation beyond the Web, we see fascinating changes happening in every sector. Some industries are changing faster than others, and some are ripe for innovation, but could use some catalyst. As we grow Tech Cocktail, we’ll be experimenting in new areas and bringing new stories and opportunities to our audience. In that vein, we are excited to announce Real Cocktail Baltimore, an event on May 14th where development theory meets development practice.

The Real Cocktail event aims to connect the innovators in real estate with policymakers and academics in order to promote dialogue and creative development in urban planning. Traditionally, there has been a disconnect between theory and practice – this evening of speakers and mingling aims to bridge that gap by providing an open forum to discuss innovation, planning, and policy within the real estate industry.

This Inaugural Real Cocktail event is delighted to focus the evening on our 2 guest speakers:

Julie Day, Deputy Commissioner of Land Resources in Baltimore City, speak about the Vacants to Values program for liquidating thousands of city-owned vacant properties.

Ernst Valery, Ernst Valery Investments, will discuss the evolution of the developer and obtaining development financing from the perspective of a developer/urban planner.

We invite you to help create Real Cocktail as an event where people gather, who want to make the city where they live, work, and play a better place.

Come Join Us
WHEN: Saturday, May 14th, 2011,  5:00pm to 8:00pm ET
WHERE:   Peabody Court Hotel, 12th Floor, 612 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
WHO: A cocktail of real estate, urban planning and innovation enthusiasts
PRICE:  FREE  but must register here:

Real Cocktail is in partnership with Baltimore based Biffrey Braxton and Kimberly Citizen who are passionate about bridging the gap between real estate innovators, policymakers, and urban developers. Biffrey Braxton is a real estate investor, banker, and development activist. After years managing and funding development projects, he realized the cavernous disconnect between the practices of real estate developers and the theories of urban planners. Real Cocktail was born to bridge that disconnect. Kimberly has over 15 years combined experience in acquisition, project/product management, and real estate. She has worked for international firms leading teams, driving change, and setting trends. Her passion for urban living and real estate has transformed into a desire to make the cities we all live, play, and work in, a better place.

Image of Baltimore by Matthew Hirschmann.

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Jen Consalvo is the Cofounder and COO of Tech.Co. She previously worked in product development for almost 13 years at AOL for audiences of millions. Follow her on Twitter at: @noreaster.
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