Real Cocktail’s Inaugural Event

July 5, 2011

3:42 pm

How can we shorten the time between when real estate development ideas are just theory, and when those ideas are put into practice?

That is the question that we started with, which inspired the Inaugural Real Cocktail event, held May 14, 2011. With Innovation as our objective, we put great people into a room together and expected great things to happen. Real Cocktail is an event that brings together policymakers, investors, developers, architects, and professionals in all areas of real estate development. Throughout America and most of the world, seldom does city planning get the attention necessary to truly improve and grow our cities. This was one of the main objectives of the first Real Cocktail event.

The first Real Cocktail event took place at the Wyndham Peabody Court Hotel in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore in May. From the panoramic views of the rooftop terrace, we can see a series of firsts; the first music conservatory in America, the first cathedral in America, and, most prominently, the first monument to George Washington in America are all within view. What better place for the first Real Cocktail event?

Very little cooperation exists between the residential and commercial real estate sectors. In fact, seldom does public policy for commercial and residential development coincide to positively impact the growth and attractiveness of cities. We at Real Cocktail saw the need and decided to do something about it. So we invited two speakers who discussed a plethora of topics, ranging from innovation in real estate technology, to the changing development landscape, to city planning and policy. The speakers, Julie Day, Deputy Commissioner of Land Resource at the Baltimore City Department of Housing, and Mr. Ernst Valery of Ernst Valery Investments, a local real estate development firm discussed mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Vacants to Values program, and the development environment in Baltimore City respectively.

The next Real Cocktail event has been scheduled for July 28th at the Wyndham Peabody Court Hotel, 6-9pm. Register now.

Enjoy some photos from the May inaugural event.

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Biffrey is a real estate investor, development activist and founder of RE-Think!: The Real Estate Think Tank (formerly Real Cocktail) based in Baltimore. RE-Think! focuses on innovation around real estate and urban planning. Get tickets for the upcoming RE-Think! "Go Green" event, September 24th. Follow Biffrey @rethink00

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