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July 11, 2017
ULI Boardroom After Dark

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Nina Gruen was the honored guest at ULI's event. Surveyed participants commented "Nina was fabulous -- have her do it again! She's funny, engaging, and just generally lovely."


January 19, 2017
California Receivers Forum: Bay Area & Sacramento Chapter – Economic Forecast 2017: Outlook & Indicators

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For the third year, Aaron Gruen presented the economic and real estate outlook for the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento regions.


May 2, 2016
Sponsored by Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics,Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, SESSION 5: THE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS: CAUSES & SOLUTIONS

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Nina Gruen served on the panel.


April 20, 2016
Women's Leadership Initiative Summit: Talking About My Generation

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Nina Gruen served on an intergenerational panel which compared their experiences, focusing on the tools they employed individually as well as the organizational infrastructures in place that helped them reach their goals.


January 27, 2016
California Receivers Forum: Bay Area & Sacramento Chapter – Economic Forecast 2016: Outlook & Indicators

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For the second year, Aaron Gruen presented the economic and real estate outlook for the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento regions.


October 6, 2015
ULI Fall Meeting, San Francisco

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Nina and Claude Gruen speak on "The Future of Suburban Office - Winners and Losers" at ULI's Industrial & Office Park Development Council. Read Nina and Claude's remarks on the new definition of "suburban office". Read here


April 9, 2015
California Receivers Forum: Bay Area & Sacramento Chapter – Economic Forecast 2015: Outlook & Indicators

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Aaron Gruen presented the economic and real estate outlook for the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento regions.


January 31, 2014
Illinois Financial Forecast Forum

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Aaron Gruen spoke at January's Illinois Financial Forecast Forum sponsored by Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies and Illinois City/County Management Association. Check out Aaron's presentation on how retail, residential, and commercial real estate sectors and issues are affecting local government in Illinois. Read here


October 24, 2013
Congress for New Urbanism Annual Meeting

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Aaron Gruen gave a presentation titled "The New Normal Requires New Rules for Success" at the fall 2013 conference for the Congress of New Urbanism. A summary of his remarks is contained in the conference pamphlet.


May 16, 2013
Urban Land Institute Spring 2013 Meeting

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Nina Gruen spoke before the Urban Development/Mixed Use Red Council on "Echo Boomers: Cultural Values and Product Preferences". American's largest demographic group, the Echo Boomers, can be expected to have the greatest impact on the demand for retail, residential, and office uses for generations to come. Nina Gruen's presentation concentrated on the ways in which today's 20-somethings can be expected to alter the location and product attributers of stores, multi-family housing and office space in the coming decades.


April 19, 2013
San Francisco Commonwealth Club

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Claude Gruen spoke on "New Century Urban Development: Economics and the Environment".


April 4, 2013
Colorado Economic Development Council

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Aaron Gruen was a featured speaker at the Economic Development Council of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Aaron's presentation focused on how to evaluate development proposals including understanding proformas and evaluating and structuring public and private real estate deals.


February 27, 2013
Western Regional Science Association Conference

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Claude Gruen was chair of a session titled "A Debate on the Welfare Effects of 'Smart Growth' Surburbanization Regulations" at the Western Regional Science Conference.


February 25, 2013
Western Regional Science Association Conference

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Nina Gruen was chair of a session titled "Environmental Impacts and Responses" at the Western Regional Science Conference.


September 5, 2012
2012 Housing Iowa Conference, Strength in Partners: Statewide Housing Study Roundtable

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Gruen Gruen + Associates was a featured speaker at the Iowa Finance Authority's 2012 Iowa Housing Conference. Gruen Gruen + Associates presented findings on new opportunities to address current and future housing needs in Iowa.


March 20, 2012
Planners Institute & Mini Expo: The New Normal Requires New Rules for Success

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Aaron Gruen was a featured speaker at the League of California Cities' 2012 Planners Institute and Mini Expo. His presentation, "The New Normal Requires New Rules for Success," addressed how successful cities and regions contribute to and benefit from a more productive and sustainable economy through changes in their land use mix and other policies.



March 14, 2012
The Unintended Economic Consequences of Contemporary Land Use Policies and What to Do About Them

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Claude Gruen was a featured speaker at Taubman College.



February 8, 2011
New Urban Development: Looking Back to See Forward
a Presentation to San Francisco Planning and Research (SPUR)

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October 7, 2010
CNU Illinois Conference: Replanning Small-City Downtowns
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Aaron Gruen presented the Keynote Address at the Illinois Congress for New Urbanism's Fourth Annual Conference in Elgin, Illinois. The presentation focused on creating sustainable and successful urban cores and replanning small-city downtowns.


June 8, 2010
Real Estate Development: Market Analysis
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Aaron Gruen gave a guest lecture on market and real estate economic analysis to graduate students of the Real Estate Development class at the Heller School of Business Administration at Roosevelt University in Downtown Chicago.


June 2, 2010
Housing Trend Forecast and Generation Y
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Nina Gruen participated on a panel discussing the affects of Generation Y housing preferences, spending patterns and lifestyle choices on future real estate markets.


January 5-8, 2009
Urban Land Institute's School on Real Estate Development
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Aaron Gruen taught the market analysis and real estate financial feasibility analysis course at the Urban Land Institute's school on the Real Estate Development Process: Part I in San Francisco, CA.


November 10, 2008
Fairs and the Economy
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Aaron Gruen presented a session on the "Fairs and the Economy" at the California Fairs Association (CFA) Fall Management Conference in Sacramento, CA.


November 4, 2008
Suburban Mixed Use Development
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On Tuesday, November 4, 2008, Aaron N. Gruen presented "Suburban Mixed Use Development" at the Metropolitan Builders Association's annual Community Development Symposium in Brookfield, WI.


August 21, 2008
Sustainable Cores: How to Create Successful Downtowns
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On Thursday, August 21, 2008, Aaron N. Gruen presented "Sustainable Cores: How to Create Successful Downtowns" at the Illinois Smart Growth Seminar in Wheaton, Illinois.


June 25, 2008
Leading Bay Area Civic and Real Estate Leaders Discuss the REAL (e)State of SOMA's Emerging Midtown Redux: The Momentum Builds
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On Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at the SoMa Grand, GG+A Principal Nina Gruen participated in a panel moderated by SocketSite founder Adam Koval. The panel, also including members of the CMCBD (Central Market Community Benefit District), Trinity Properties and the City of San Francisco, discussed and addressed a variety of questions and topics including:

- the impact of the Community Benefit District on the neighborhood;
- how the district becomes a neighborhood;
- the inside scoop on neighborhood residential, retail and restaurant development activity; and
- the greening of SoMa's Midtown.



May 22, 2008
GG+A Wins Second Award for its PSSC Development
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The California Redevelopment Association awarded the 2008 Award of Excellence to Gruen Gruen + Associates (GG+A) and the two principals of GG+A for the remediation and development the 84-acre Pacific States Steel Corporation (PSSC) site in Union City, California. The League of California Cities had awarded this same project its 2007 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Planning and Environmental Quality.

In response to a suit filled by retired steel workers from PSSC, GG+A and Nina and Claude Gruen were appointed Special Masters to the United States District Court, Northern District of California. GG+A was charged with creating value from the former steel company’s only asset -- the site of the now wrecked steel works. The retired steelworkers had not received medical payments called for under their pension plans since the mill ceased operation in 1978. The property was highly contaminated, landlocked, and had been off the tax base since the plant closed.

The GG+A team led a process that began with the remediation of the difficult site, and continued to develop it into a new transit-oriented neighborhood with 329 single family homes and 219 townhomes. Development is complete on all but 8 acres of the now fully cleaned site. The steelworkers have been paid more than $6 million in retroactive medical payments and their plan is now fully funded. More than $8 million has already been paid other creditors, and the project will enable the Special Masters to pay all first tier creditors. The award-winning project is currently generating more than $3 million per year in property tax.



September 27, 2007
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On Thursday, September 27, 2007, Aaron N. Gruen presented "Get to the Bottom Line: Development Economics for Real Estate Attorneys" at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California.


October 1, 2007
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On Tuesday, October 1, 2007, Aaron N. Gruen gave a presentation at the Illinois Public Airport Association's annual fall conference in Galena, Illinois. The presentation focused on estimating the fiscal and economic impacts and economic development effects of reliever airports as well as generating revenue from real estate assets.


May 10, 2007
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At the Urban Land Institute Spring Meeting in Chicago on May 10, 2007, Aaron N. Gruen served as a moderator of a presentation by Professor Robert Bruegmann of the University of Illinois at Chicago on "Sprawl: A Compact History".


April 19, 2007
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As a panelist at the April 19, 2007 University of Southern California Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business, Dr. Claude Gruen responded to Professor Robert Shiller's presentation characterizing housing price increases as the result of irrational exuberance.


November 30, 2006
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Aaron Gruen gave a presentation and led an interactive workshop on demographic and cultural impacts on retail development opportunities at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Center-Build Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.


October 19, 2006
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Aaron Gruen served as a panelist on the Colorado Community College System Lowry Campus Redevelopment Project Analysis Session at the Urban Land Institute Fall Conference in Denver, Colorado.


January 1, 2006  [read more]
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Claude and Nina Gruen spoke to the Council for Design Excellence at Arizona State University on the topic of "Sustainable Urban Cores: How to Create Successful Downtowns."


December 2, 2005  [read more]
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Claude Gruen spoke at the 'Eminent Domain In California', a one day seminar in Oakland, California.


October 2, 2005
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Aaron Gruen moderated a panel on debt financing for the Small Scale Development Council at the Urban Land Institute meeting in Los Angeles, California.


September 9, 2005  [read more]
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Nina Gruen was recognized for her services and expertise as a member of the Airspace Advisory Committee.


June 10, 2005
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Claude Gruen presented a course on "Real Estate Finance and Project Analysis," an advanced finance course that focused on deal structuring, at the ULI School in San Francisco.


April 28, 2005
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Aaron Gruen gave a presentation to the Small Scale Development Council at the Urban Land Institute's Spring Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on "Making a Mint from Mature Markets."


January 13, 2005 & February 16, 2005
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On January 13, Aaron Gruen spoke before the Northbrook (IL) Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board Retreat. His topic was "Key Shifts and What They Mean for Successful Places and Development Opportunities and Challenges." At the February 16 Lunch & Learn series, he spoke on "Retail Demand and Supply Trends and What Developers, Retailers and Communities Can Do About Them."



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