Don’t miss the CBJ’s annual look into the commercial real estate market. Real estate experts, city officials and business leaders discuss notable real estate deals, development and building updates, as well as market forecasts.

2021 Program:

Keynote: Office Space and Senior Housing COVID Implications
Jessica Ballou, National Valuation Consultants

Jessica has more than 14 years of commercial real estate experience and currently serves as a vice president with NVC’s Denver office. Her presentation will consider the pandemic’s impact on occupancy and cash flow costs for both office space and senior housing.  This includes the concerns on future office demand, as well as the change to care costs for senior housing.

City Managers Panel Discussion
Six Corridor city managers will address how office space, hospitality and their communities as a whole were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and August 10 derecho. Panelists include:

  • Kim Downs, City of Hiawatha
  • Geoff Fruin, City of Iowa City
  • Kelly Hayworth, City of Coralville
  • Ryan Heiar, City of North Liberty
  • Lon Pluckhahn, City of Marion
  • Jeff Pomeranz, City of Cedar Rapids

Protecting Your People with Commercial, Air-Disinfecting, GUV Lighting Solutions
Tim Gebel, Van Meter Inc.

Protecting the health and safety of employees and patrons is top of mind for commercial business owners. Many are implementing Germicidal Ultraviolet (GUV) lighting solutions as an added safeguard. Learn about GUV lighting solutions available on the market, safe and easy options for installation, and the role GUV lighting plays in disinfecting the air and surfaces.

The Rise and Benefits of Urban Farms
Chad Pelley, Ahmann Companies

Over a 17-year tenure with Ahmann Companies, Chad has fulfilled project management duties on numerous land development projects throughout the Corridor. In this presentation, he will discuss his work on Dows Farm, a new agri-community concept in Cedar Rapids. This includes the popularity of urban farm developments, benefits, challenges, and the relationship with the neighborhood.

City of Marion Update
Lon Pluckhahn, City of Marion

Marion City Manager Lon Pluckhahn will share his insights on upcoming city developments and projects.


Interested in being more involved with the event as a sponsor? Contact Rhonda Roskos for more information.

Free Livestream
9:45 a.m. – Noon

Register Now!
Individual Fee: Free
Table Seating: NA
Registration End: 3/3/2021
Contact: Ashley Moore
Phone: (319) 665-6397, ext. 311

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