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Beyond the classroom, the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate produces a full calendar of activities that compliments the formal curriculum. Senior-level practitioners — including many alumni — come to campus as event participants, speakers, panelists, and mentors, providing the Columbia Business School community with exceptional opportunities to gain in-depth insight into the real estate industry.

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 14

CRAIN'S Rebuilding NY 2014 Conference
Columbia Business School Students, Alumni, and Faculty are invited to attend Crain’s Rebuilding NY 2014 Conference on Monday, July 14. They have a robust half-day program planned featuring a great line-up of speakers and an armchair discussion with Howard P. Milstein.

Although the tickets are normally $300, Columbia Students, Alumni, and Faculty receive special discounted ticket pricing of $150! 

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EVENT: Crain's: Rebuilding NY 2014 Conference

Join Crain’s for a half day conference with some of the city’s most important decision makers and thought leaders to discuss the future of New York’s infrastructure.

DATE:  Monday, July 14, 2014

LOCATION: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019


TICKETS:   $150 special discounted individual ticket(s) /  $3,000 table(s) of 10  / $4,000 table of 10 + event journal ad


Registration & Networking Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Program: 8:30 – 12:00 p.m.

In the wake of the bizarre Bridgegate scandal and a newly formed joint committee to revamp the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, three highly informed experts weigh in on the future of the region’s largest infrastructure engine and discuss how best to redefine and focus its mission. Former Port Authority Executive Director Stephen Berger, Citizens Budget Commission President Carol Kellermann and former Port Authority aviation chief Susan Baer assess the policies and infrastructure projects that are most needed to get things moving in the right direction again.
-Susan Baer, Principal, Arup Global Aviation Planning Leader
-Stephen Berger, Chairman, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC
-Carol Kellermann, President, Citizens Budget Commission

How to Build a $3.4 Billion Bridge in Record Time
One-on-One with Howard P. Milstein, Chairman, New York State Thruway Authority

As the New York State Thruway Authority chairman, Howard Milstein is a major force in the development of New York City and beyond. In this exclusive one-on-one conversation, he will share his expertise on the innovative design-and-construction process for the new Tappan Zee Bridge that is expected to eliminate up to $2 billion from the initial projected estimate and reduce the timeline as well. He will explain the major lessons learned by various stakeholders and explore what the development of the Tappan Zee means for other infrastructure projects in the future.

One-on-One with Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation

From potholes to pedestrian plazas and city bridges to Citi Bike, the city’s Department of Transportation has a huge impact on the everyday experiences of all New Yorkers, and no agency supports the efforts of business more than the DOT. With her 22 years of government experience at the city, state and federal levels and her longstanding commitment to improving the lives of New Yorkers through investment in public transportation, Commissioner Trottenberg will share her thoughts on reducing traffic fatalities through Vision Zero, on securing capital dollars for major public works and on New York’s unique infrastructure needs.

How Better Broadband Could Revolutionize New York

The de Blasio administration has made universal access to high-speed Internet a priority – a move advocated by businesses that have become increasingly dependent on transferring huge amounts of data. This plan aims not only to help the tech sector grow, but also to better equip New Yorkers for those jobs and bridge what Mr. de Blasio calls the “digital divide” holding back the city’s citizens. Crain’s convenes the biggest industry players and smartest tech upstarts to discuss why high-speed, low-cost Internet has been an unrealized goal in New York, even though lesser players in smaller cities have achieved 1 gigabit-per-second connections for dollars a day.
-Chris Levendos, Vice President, National Operations, Verizon
-Shrihari Pandit, President & CEO, Stealth Communications
-Maya Wiley, Counsel to the Mayor, City of New York

Friday, October 24

Coming to Terms: Negotiating Real Estate Joint Ventures
The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate hosts a daylong seminar on negotiating real estate joint venture agreements. Organized in conjunction with the MIT Center for Real Estate, this educational event provides the opportunity for graduate real estate students from Columbia, MIT, and Harvard to understand the most important provisions in joint ventures from some of the top legal and business minds in the field — and then allows them to attempt to negotiate those provisions themselves.

Wednesday, December 10

Real Estate Project Class Final Presentations Competition and Awards Dinner / The Alexander Bodini Foundation Prize
The Real Estate Business Plan Competition is a much-anticipated annual showcase of business knowledge and entrepreneurship. The competition is structured as part of our Real Estate Project Class. In this course, students work on group projects with industry sponsors. The professor selects the top business plans and these finalist teams present to a panel of judges. Members of the Real Estate Circle Academy, as well as other alumni who have been directly involved with the Milstein Center, are invited to attend the presentation event, which is followed by dinner and an awards ceremony. Since 2009, sponsorship of the Real Estate Business Competition has been graciously supported by The Alexander Bodini Foundation, which will award four Alexander Bodini Foundation Prizes.

Monday, December 15

Real Estate Symposium
Hosted by the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and the Real Estate Circle of Columbia Business School, the Real Estate Symposium is an annual educational forum that brings together accomplished Columbia Business School alumni and top industry leaders for a broad-based discussion of topical issues, high-profile transactions, trends, and challenges facing the real estate industry.

Friday, January 30

Real Estate Capital Markets Conference
Columbia Business School and Goodwin Procter are pleased to once again co-host this invitation-only Annual Real Estate Capital Markets Conference. Over the last several years, this half-day program has become a ‘go-to’ event among industry leaders in the real estate capital markets space and draws a sophisticated audience of Real Estate Fund Managers, REIT Executives, Real Estate Investors, and Investment Bankers.