About 1,000 commercial real estate executives attended the kick-off day of CoreNet Global’s Spring Summit here at Navy Pier Monday, many in hopes of determining new solutions for attracting and keeping new corporate clients. The first day of the two-day event included some expected news, such as reports that companies are again hiring, and unexpected, such as “Aerotropolis” author Greg Lindsay’s talk of new city hubs to a surprising proposed tenant for McCaffery’s $4-billion Lakeside project.
Lindsay started the day with a keynote talk about how future city development will likely be faster than in the past century, will include planning for all uses and may use an airport as the central hub of business. Companies looking to expand can also follow this model, he said, focusing on interconnected hubs rather than one central headquarters office.
Later, in a standing-room only breakout session, Fortune 500 tenant spokespersons and a Studley representative talked about how corporations will now face growth issues in the coming years. The tenant reps included Sanjiv Awasthi with Pfizer Inc., Sara Baldi with Kaiser Permanente, Robert Ripp with Morgan Stanley and Wayne Taub with Time Warner; joined by Christelle Bron, managing director of corporate services for Studley. ...
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