Fordham Real Estate Institute (REI) has joined forces with Columbia University, the Counselors of Real Estate and Professional Women in Construction to host an upcoming forum: Urbs or Burbs: Where are the Best Investment and Development Opportunities? The breakfast panel will take place on Wednesday, October 3 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the University’s Lincoln Center campus and will compare the pluses and minuses of development across North America’s regions, markets and sub-markets.

The event will feature leading real estate thinkers and practitioners, including special guest John Kessler, president and chief operating officer, Empire State Realty Trust, and panel moderator Patrice Derrington, director, Real Estate Development Program, GSAAP, Columbia University. Panelists will include:

  • Andy Golubitsky, vice president of development, Macklowe Properties
  • George Kok, managing director, Morgan Stanley
  • Bill O’Connor, CEO, O’Connor Capital Partners

The experts will touch on topics such as relative economic strengths and weaknesses, demographic trends, infrastructure, government policy, construction issues, building technology, capital flows, and other key variables that play into overall prospects for development. Before the panel, audience members can join Kessler and Hugh Kelly (director of graduate programs, Fordham REI, and president, Hugh F. Kelly Real Estate Economics) for a fireside chat about the factors influencing major investors as they assess where to allocate funds, especially at this point in the cycle.

“Fordham Real Estate Institute aims to be a pillar of ongoing education in this ever-changing industry,” said Anthony R. Davidson, Ph.D., MBA, dean of Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. “We are proud to be able to bring together experts and movers and shakers to touch on the continued evolution of real estate and ensure its continued success and growth. An event like ‘Urbs or Burbs’ will provide important insight from credible experts, which will be extremely useful for attendees.”

Urbs or Burbs: Where are the Best Investment and Development Opportunities? will take place on Wednesday, October 3 at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus located at 113 West 60th Street in Manhattan. Event sponsors include First American Title Insurance Company and Plaza Construction. Registration for the forum is $35.

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Fordham Real Estate Institute (REI) currently offers a Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE), a graduate certificate, and a comprehensive array of professional real estate certificates at its campuses in Manhattan and West Harrison, N.Y. Serving professionals and owners/investors of all stripes, the MSRE curriculum presents the essential elements of real estate finance, investment, development and management. The programs are developed and taught by leading industry practitioners and are centered on imparting real-world professional skill sets. Flexibility and convenience are program hallmarks as classes can be taken in-person, online, and at various paces. REI is a part of Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. For more information, visit

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