LOCUS Leadership Summits

Opportunity Rising

June 23-25, 2019
Arlington, VA

Today, the real estate industry and its larger movement of triple-bottom-line professionals are facing increasing pressure to meet America’s pent-up demand for policies, practices, and leadership strategies that catalyze prosperity, equity, and resilience in communities across the country.

This June, join LOCUS, in partnership with Smart Growth America’s First and Main coalition and the Transit-Oriented Development Peer Network, at the 2019 LOCUS Leadership Summit: Opportunity Rising to learn about critical real estate industry disruptors poised to transform the way people live, work, play, and move in our nation’s cities and towns. Expert speakers will provide insight into Opportunity Zones, the effects of artificial intelligence (AI) on development and mobility, the future of walkable urban places, adapting for climate change, age, and population growth, and how private sector leadership is changing the 21st century knowledge economy alongside the form of the built environment.

We hope you will join us for this three-day conference of networking, learning, and deal-making amongst top industry visionaries and peers.

The 2019 LOCUS Leadership Summit: Opportunity Rising will take place at Convene, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Convene is located at 1201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.

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This year’s Summit agenda includes in-depth panel discussions and break out sessions with some of the foremost thinkers and leaders in real estate, land use, economic development, and government.


Refund Policy:
All refunds requests must be received in writing to LOCUS at [email protected]. Written requests must be submitted by April 23, 2019 to receive a full refund of the registration fee, minus a $100 processing fee. If a request is received between April 23 and May 23, 2019, a 50% refund of the refund will be issued. No registration fee refunds will be issued after May 23, 2019. Verbal requests for refunds will not be accepted. All requests must be submitted in writing.

Now accepting nominations for the 2019 LOCUS National Leadership Awards

LOCUS Director Christopher Coes and President Jair Lynch pose with EYA, winner of the 2018 Company of the Year Award.

LOCUS is now accepting nominations for exemplary real estate developers, investors, or companies who are creating great walkable places and have displayed great public leadership to advance smart growth development in communities across the country for the 2019 LOCUS National Leadership Awards.

National Leadership Awards will be awarded for:

Developer/Investor of the Year 

Company of the Year

Project of the Year

Richard Baron Award for Affordable Housing 

To be eligible, nominees must be the owner or principal of a private, for-profit company; have a history of development near major centers of employment, public transit, and/or transportation hubs; and conduct their business in a way that exemplifies the LOCUS mission. Full eligibility and criteria are available here.

Winners will be announced during the 2019 LOCUS President’s Dinner, taking place on Sunday, June 23, 2019 during the first night of the 2019 LOCUS Leadership Summit: Opportunity Rising in Washington, DC.