Bernie Marcus, chairman of The Marcus Foundation, will be the keynote speaker. Marcus is well known for funding the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. The aquarium will soon open its new $110 million dolphin exhibit expansion that he also funded. Marcus will discuss the economic impact of the Georgia Aquarium on the city and state and how the attraction has created a destination for visitors.
Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson will provide updates on Downtown’s newest developments and those in the planning stages. He’ll also discuss how Downtown is on the cutting edge of new technology, upgrading its infrastructure and becoming a preferred destination for new residents.
At the event, Robinson will present the Downtown Atlanta Economic Impact Award, and Atlanta magazine Publisher Sean McGinnis will present the Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award.
The core of the program will comprise concurrent breakout sessions with panels filled with experts on development, hospitality, retail and other pertinent industries. The sessions are: “Hospitality, Tourism and Nightlife: Boosting Downtown’s Economy in 2011;” “Attracting Retail and Residential Development to Downtown;” and “Land of Opportunity: Underutilized Parcels in Downtown.”
Following the speakers and breakout sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to take an optional bus and walking tour of Downtown Atlanta. The tour will allow Atlanta’s real estate community and Downtown stakeholders interested in the area’s future the opportunity to discover the city’s new and exciting changes.
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