LOCUS Member Benefits: LinkUps

At LOCUS LinkUps, smart growth deals between local leaders and real estate developers and investors get done.

When great new walkable real estate gets built, both communities and developers reap the benefits. But strong relationships are key: Smart growth-minded local leaders must connect with developers and investors—in the right place, at the right time—to get the ball rolling.

That’s where our LOCUS LinkUps come in.

In 2013, LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors launched the LinkUp program to bring smart growth-minded local leaders and real estate professionals together. Through these private networking events, key players get the opportunity to discuss new smart growth deal opportunities and objectives for creating walkable, sustainable development. Every LinkUp features networking opportunities with top real estate CEOs and executives, information about available sites from local officials, and expert guidance on supporting the development of walkable places through policy change.

LOCUS LinkUps are regionally focused, and are held in metropolitan areas with a rich potential for smart growth development. Our next exclusive LOCUS LinkUp event, Building the Next Walkable Place in New England, will be held in Boston on Thursday, November 20. Two local officials, Mayor Scott Avedisian of Warwick, RI and Town Manager Robert Halpin of Framingham, MA, will present on development opportunities and targets in their communities. In addition, LOCUS President Chris Leinberger will present a brief overview of new walkable places research focusing on the Boston metropolitan region. A roundtable discussion of walkable and transit-oriented development strategies throughout New England will follow.

Like at every LOCUS LinkUp, our Boston, MA event’s unique collection of presentations and resources is meant to prepare developers to start building the region’s next great walkable places now. While registration for LinkUps is open to interested developers and investors, attendance is free for members of our LOCUS Coalition. Learn more about joining LOCUS here >>

This blog post is the first in a series on the benefits of LOCUS membership.