Our annual Commercial Real Estate Forum, held every April, is an opportunity for our panel of local industry experts to examine and discuss the issues facing the Central Iowa commercial real estate market. Each year, our interactive panel takes questions from an audience that includes commercial real estate professionals, community leaders and those in industries that work with commercial realtors such as banking, construction, and engineering.

All attendees also receive a copy of our Annual Real Estate Magazine, a publication jammed packed with articles on the industry, trends, market facts and property listings. In addition, each year we honor a community leader with CRE Professional of the year award. 

Our sold out 2017 event has concluded, but, you can catch up on some of the action by checking out video, photos and analysis of the event below. We look forward to seeing you at next year's event!

2017 Event Recap:

The Business Record hosted its annual Commercial Real Estate Trends and Issues Forum April 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn Urbandale. Five of the region's key real estate professionals provided insight into future hot spots, emerging opportunities, trends and the challenges facing the region's commercial real estate market. We asked each panelist to identify one trend, challenge or opportunity that they are watching closely in 2017 and beyond.

Rick Tollakson – president and CEO, Hubbell Realty Co.
Jennifer Cooper – VP and manager of Commercial Real Estate, Bankers Trust Co.
Heath Bullock – senior VP and Iowa Markets Leader, Jones Lang LaSalle Brokerage Inc.
Matt Anderson – assistant city manager, City of Des Moines
Chris Costa – chief operating officer, Knapp Properties Inc.

VIDEO: Five real estate trends to watch in 2017

CRE Event Takeaways: Experiential development, tax reform, lending habits and tax incentives

Check out a photo gallery from our 2017 event

CRE Professional of the Year:
2017 honoree: Richard Hurd – read article
2016 honoree: Rick Tollakson – read article
2015 honoree: Gerry Neugent – read article