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SPUR Forum Series on the Financial Crisis

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SPUR kicks off a series of forums about the financial crisis and the effects on San Francisco with a brown bag meeting tomorrow …

How the financial crisis will affect San Francisco and the Bay Area – A special series of SPUR lunchtime forums

Nov. 7, 21 and Dec. 2 @ 12:30 p.m.

Held at SPUR, 312 Sutter St. (@ Grant), Suite 500

We are located close to the Powell St. BART station and several Muni lines.
Feel free to bring a lunch. SPUR Forums are open to the public, free for members and $5 for non-members.

What does the financial crisis mean for…

Our economy
Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 7, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
SPUR and City Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting invite you to a panel discussion on this important topic. Join Steve Levy, Director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy and Dr. Ted Egan, Chief Economist of San Francisco as we get a picture of the local and regional economy and where we might be headed as a result of the recent economic downturn.

Friday, Nov. 21, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
How will the financial crisis affect infrastructure development? Will it be harder to fix Muni, build schools and rebuild the sewer system? Will we be able to sell City bonds and how much will it cost in an era where debt costs are only increasing? Join Ed Harrington, executive director of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Maria Lombardo, chief deputy of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, as they explain how the current crisis will affect our infrastructure system.

Infill development
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
What will the economic downturn mean for market rate and affordable infill housing and other development in the Bay Area? Join some of San Francisco’s foremost experts in real estate development and finance – including Jesse Blout of Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Chris Meany of Wilson Meany Sullivan, Lydia Tan of BRIDGE Housing and Margaret Schrand of Wells Fargo Bank – as they explore what the future of our real estate market may hold.

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