[IMGCAP(2)]"From the rebuilding at the World Trade Center siteto the buzz and activity in the hotel, retail and multifamilysectors, there is no busier market or one that presents greateropportunities today than Downtown, and that is why RealShare isfocusing an event solely on all that is going on, and what willcontinue to happen and transform the market over the next threeyears, Downtown," says Richard Kelley, executive director of theRealShare Conference Series.

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[IMGCAP(3)]"The combination of the financial services industrypullback and a possible widening of the delta between Midtown andDowntown rental rates makes this conference come at an importanttime for the Downtown market, and our A-list roster of speakerswill not be short on opinions as to where the Downtown market isheaded and where there are deals to be made," he continues.

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[IMGCAP(4)]Topics will include: the city's overall vision andhow it will influence new development, leasing and investment salesactivities; how will a change in gubernatorial leadership impactdowntown; how will developments in multifamily, commercial, retailand hotel sectors pan out in the immediate future, and long run;why is infrastructure important and, what are the ramifications ofnew projects, such as the Long Island Rail link; how is the driveto meet LEED-certification standards impacting new development; howwill the unsettled real estate capital markets impact investmentactivity, and the overall market; are tenants still consideringdowntown as the viable alternative and much more.

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[IMGCAP(5)]The conference will begin with opening remarks at8:05 a.m. followed by a town hall panel about the state of theDowntown market, moderated by Lois Weiss, a columnist at the NewYork Post, with panelists including leading industry expertsand key downtown players including: Larry Silverstein, presidentand CEO of Silverstein Properties Inc.; Steven Spinola, presidentof the Real Estate Board of New York; Alan Gerson, City CouncilMember of the 1st District, New York City Council; DennisFriedrich, president and COO of US Commercial Operations atBrookfield Properties; Robert Freedman, president and CEO of GVAWilliams; Avi Schick, downstate COO and president of the EmpireState Development Corp. and Lower Manhattan Development Corp.During the session, panelists will tackle questions and will offeranalysis and review of recent trends and patterns, includingvacancy and cap rate data.

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[IMGCAP(6)]A "Fact or Fiction" session will follow, where NewYork's commercial real estate heavy hitters will discuss and debatethe Downtown redevelopment effort. Moderator Michael Desiato, grouppublisher, editorial director and VP for Real Estate Media, willpresent panelists Kent Swig, principal of Swig Equities and BruceMosler, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield Inc. with aseries of statements about the redevelopment effort, and will beencouraged to agree, by stating the statements as "fact," ordisagree, by stating "fiction," then have time to comment.

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[IMGCAP(7)]Other sessions at the half-day conference include: amultifamily, hotel and retail activity overview and analysis withmoderator Elizabeth Berger, president of the Alliance for DowntownNew York, panelist Francis Greenburger, founder, chairman and CEOof Time Equities Inc., and Daniel Lesser, senior managing directorof CB Richard Ellis; a look at the continued impact of the creditcrunch on the financing and investment sales markets, withmoderator Carl Schwartz, partner and chair of the real estatedepartment at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, and panelist Alan Miller,senior director of Eastern Consolidated, Mike Forrest, seniorassociate of Marcus and Millichap, David Cohen, regional directorof the northeast at GE Real Estate, and Joshua Zamir, managingprincipal of Capstone Equities. The concluding session, moderatedby Sheldon Cohen, a senior managing director at CBRE, will focus onthe outlook for Downtown leasing. Panelist Todd Koren, SVP of SwigEquities, will discuss how lower Manhattan fares against Midtown,Midtown South, Jersey City, Brooklyn and the boroughs.

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