Real Estate Place-Making Symposium Hosted by SVN Inspires Economic Strategies

DECEMBER 2013, SALISBURY, MD– David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, National Chair of Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services for SVN International and northern Delaware partner with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate recently hosted a Place-Making Symposium at the Salisbury University Perdue School of Business. The event consisted of two panels comprised of five speakers total that presented strategies to create more economic development and jobs in the region through innovative real estate branding and marketing strategies.  Maryland State Senator Jim Mathias was on hand to open the event and speak of the possibilities the Eastern Shore region has.

One of the major takeaways from the Symposium included how to leverage the exciting space launch activity at Wallops Island to attract businesses and jobs to multiple communities within the Delmarva Peninsula.  Caroline Massey, the Assistant Director for Management Operations at NASA (Wallops Island) spoke of the opportunity that Wallops Island provides: “If we are designated a UAS (unmanned aerial test site), that will bring in more small businesses and also some large businesses. There is tremendous opportunity.”

The other panelists that presented at the Symposium were Lindsay Thompson, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins Carey Business School), Dr. Memo Diriker (Salisbury University), Dr. Michael Casson, Jr. (Delaware State University), and Keith O’Donnell (MedUTech Florida). The topics and strategies discussed included: How to Place-Make Salisbury and the Eastern Shore in ways that stimulate economic development, How to attract more creative class talent to the area, How to build on the connectivity between university and community college students, How to capitalize on Salisbury University’s BEACON Center in fostering entrepreneurship, Becoming the hub of the local business community, and How cities can be collaboratively studied to create new social value and entrepreneurship.

For more information about this event or to be added to our invitation list for next year, contact David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, at, or call 302-540-5959.

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