Register to Attend “Completing Development Projects: CALED’s Finance & Real Estate Summit” on October 12th in Riverside

Register today for “Completing Development Projects: CALED’s Finance & Real Estate Summit” in Riverside on Oct. 12th at the Riverside Mission Inn. This event will focus on how cities and counties are getting projects done in their communities right now. With session topics ranging from financing tools and impediments to development to what communities can do to clear the path for projects, this Summit will kick-off a larger discussion on October 13th on how CALED’s advocacy policy can help your projects move from concept to completion.

See full agenda here.

Register Today for Completing Development Projects

  • October 12th Summit, CALED Members: $245
  • October 12th Summit, Non-Members: $295
  • October 13th Policy Breakfast (only available with Summit Registration): $65

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Summit Hotel: Riverside Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

CALED Summit Rate: $189/night (extended to Sept 23rd)

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COVID Policy: CALED will follow local COVID safety guidelines to make sure this event is safe for everyone. You are encouraged to bring your face mask for the safety of yourself and others. We are also adhering to appropriate social distancing and will have stickers for your name tags to indicate your contact comfort level (hugs, handshakes, or head nods). Weather permitting, we will be in an outside setting and meals will be served outside. On a final note, if you feel unwell or are experiencing COVID symptoms, please do not attend.

Completing Development Projects: CALED’s Finance & Real Estate Summit Agenda

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Registration Opens

Welcome to the Completing Development Projects: CALED’s Finance & Real Estate Summit and hear from CALED Chair, Larry Vaupel and the City of Riverside Mayor, Patricia Lock Dawson.

(Continental Breakfast set: 8:30, Program: 9:15)


  • Larry Vaupel, CALED Chair, City of Vista
  • Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson, City of Riverside

This session will dig into how projects are being developed right now. Communities do not have one tool that will solve all their problems. Instead, a variety of programs, strategic planning activities, and resources must be used to move forward. Experienced speakers will talk about how tax increment funds, local investment in infrastructure, real estate acquisition, leveraging of existing state & federal programs, and more fill in this jigsaw puzzle of development.


  • Tonya Dowse, Siskiyou County EDC
  • Ken Hira, Kosmont Companies
  • Rafael Yaquian, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP

Through a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is piloting a new Community-Based Solutions (CBS) Unit to support communities and regions in implementing regional economic development strategies. GO-Biz will highlight early successes in regional coalition building that have secured federal and state funding to advance economic development and infrastructure projects.


  • Garett Ballard-Rosa, SACOG
  • Joshua Boswell, REACH
  • Mark Polhemus, GO-Biz

Gurbax Sahota will discuss recent legislative victories that CALED has championed and Steve Dukett and John Shirey will present esteemed economic developer, James Hankla with his CALED Golden Bear Award.


  • Steve Dukett, TKE Engineering, Inc.
  • Gurbax Sahota, CALED
  • John Shirey, Retired City of Sacramento

(Lunch included with Summit registration; Food Service: 11:45, Program 12:00)

While many communities claim to be “open for business” they inadvertently put up roadblocks in their daily processes. This session will discuss what can be done at the city or county level to increase and encourage development. Regulatory impediments such as impact fees and local regulations like Conditional Use Permits, design review, & parking requirements can all hinder progress. Speakers will discuss how to overcome these issues as well as others such as land acquisition and Brownfield clean-up.


  • Ignacio Dayrit, Center for Creative Land Recycling
  • Suzy Kim, RSG, Inc.
  • Jennifer McLain Hiramoto, City of Ontario

Join attendees as they tour Downtown Riverside, visiting six different projects that helped transform the area. You will hear directly from developers and city staff on how the projects were financed and completed, what hiccups they overcame, and how the city helped ensure success. The tour will highlight housing developments, public-private partnerships, and mixed-use developments. Below are the stops and a brief description of the project:

  • Imperial Hardware Lofts
    Imperial Hardware Lofts was the first mixed-use project in Downtown Riverside in the City’s pursuit of modernizing and densifying the downtown core. Bringing 91 high-end apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space currently occupied by The Salted Pig, the project’s biggest hurdle was breaking the glass ceiling on maintaining the historical façade of a building dating back to 1900.
  • Mark
    Downtown Riverside’s Mark is a mixed-use proposal with over 160 residential units, around 22,000 square feet of retail and restaurant uses, and 3 stories of underground parking with over 300 parking spaces. This project serves as an ongoing example of how public-private partnerships can compromise on preserving historic aspects of architecture while satisfying the modern wants and needs of walkable downtown living and parking.
  • Mission Heritage Plaza
    Mission Heritage Plaza is a mixed-use project that brings 72 affordable housing units, community meeting space, and provides office space for the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County.
  • Hampton Inn
    The Hampton Inn is a mixed-use development within a 7-story building plus one subterranean level with 327 dwelling units, over 19,000 square feet of retail and restaurant uses, and nearly 600 parking stalls.
  • Riverside Alive
    Riverside Alive is a joint proposal between Greens Group, a mixed-use developer, and Griffin|Swinerton, a P3 developer, and the City of Riverside. The proposal seeks to bring a “convention district” to fruition, reimagining the Riverside Convention Center as a vibrant urban core with walkable, 24/7 neighborhood living and live/work dwellings, with the convention center as an anchor.
  • The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture
    The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture is the culmination of a public-private partnership sparked by renaissance-man Cheech Marin’s abundance of Chicano art and his desire to showcase his one-of-a-kind collection, and the City of Riverside’s need to revitalize and modernize the Main Library that opened in 1963.

Relax after the summit with colleagues and partners.

(Atrio, Riverside Mission Inn)

Policy Breakfast Agenda

Thursday, October 13, 2022

If you are working on developing projects in California, whether you are involved in the financing, permitting, dealing with environmental, land use policy, or a public sector professional that plays a role in these areas, this breakfast is a chance to give input on CALED’s policy agenda for addressing barriers and opportunities as they relate to developing projects in CA. Over the last several years, we’ve had success in protecting and improving tax increment financing tools, as well as stopping the expansion of the Surplus Lands Act. As we look to our future policy goals, we know it is imperative to include those of you who are building the physical projects that will deliver opportunities for California residents. Please join us at this breakfast and hear an update and discuss what is needed for the future to complete projects in California. Your voice and experience matters!


  • Carolyn Hull, City of Los Angeles
  • Aaron Laurel, City of West Sacramento
  • Rob Moran, Riverside County
  • Gurbax Sahota, CALED
  • Jim Simon, RSG, Inc.

(Full Breakfast set: 9:30, Program: 10:00)

Must register for full Summit to attend breakfast; separate registration required

CALED would like to thank our Summit Partner:

CALED would like to thank our Presenting Sponsors: