SAN FRANCISCO—In preparation for next week's RealShare Bay Area conference, GlobeSt.comcaught up with a few more panelists to get their thoughts on thelocal market and what they will be discussing at the upcomingevent. Panelist Alan Walker, VP of SwiftReal Estate Partners, tells GlobeSt.com that “Macro-wise,the domestic economy continues to trudge along. I liken it to beinghalfway through a marathon—it may not feel great and you're still aways from your goal, but you are making forward progress.”

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Walker tells GlobeSt.com that it's no secret that tech and therelated hiring is driving the growth in office occupancy, rents,and sales prices in certain markets. “The business plans forinternet and mobile start-ups today are generally and measurablybetter than they were in 1999-2000 but that still doesn't mean theyare all outstanding,” he says. “As real estate professionals, weare not technology experts but we can see how these groups arebehaving vis-a-vis leasing space and long-term planning and theyseem to be much more thoughtful about it than during the dot comera.”

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In these growth markets, Walker adds, it is competitive tobuy—whether it's big, medium, or small sized deals. “Not everymarket has recovered equally—there are still 'have and have-not'markets—but the lines are starting to blur a bit.”

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Over on the infrastructure and affordability front, we chattedwith panelist Mary Erchul, president ofACEC California, who tells GlobeSt.com that “Whenwe talk about an estimated $765 billion needed infrastructureinvestment over the next 10 years it isn't just about goodsmovement or connecting people to their jobs—it is about making theBay Area more affordable.”

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According to Erchul, “Updating CEQA is probably the single mosteffective thing we can do as a state to address land use challengesand deliver much needed infrastructure on time and withinbudget.”

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Don't forget to sign up for the September 4th event. Also, take a look at some otherevent preview articles below.

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Foreign Interest, Tech Propels Expansion

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Natalie Dolce

Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of GlobeSt.com and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses GlobeSt.com, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for GlobeSt.com. Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, FashionLedge.com, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including MSNBC.com and Museums New York magazine.