2020 Agenda

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Program Preview – Day 1: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

(note all sessions in EST)

12:00 PM – 12:20 PM EST
Conference Start: Welcome and Opening Keynote Address

We welcome Dr. Judith Grant Long to help us open the 2020 Convention, Sports, and Entertainment Facilities Conference.  Dr. Long joins us to share her perspective and research on the growing role of sports and entertainment districts in the U.S. and some of the current challenges confronted by communities and social asset owners of all sizes. 

Presenter
Dr. Judith Grant Long, Associate Professor, University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

12:20 PM – 1:00 PM 
The Road Ahead: A Conversation with the Major Leagues
The Global sports ecosystem faced unprecedented disruption in March due to the global pandemic.  Professional sports leagues were tasked with figuring out the next steps to finish, begin or plan for the current or upcoming season.  Massive hurdles to address player and team health and safety, logistics associated with the resumption of play all while the league continues to operate, renew media agreements and other major revenue sponsorships all against the backdrop of the question  ‘when will fans return to venues?’.  Sports have resumed.  Health and safety issues concerns continue and revenues will be impacted but sports will return!  For this opening panel we will discuss these issues that leagues and venues will have to address in the coming months and years.  Join us for this unique conversation with NFL’s Joseph Siclare, CFO, and MLB’s Chris Brumm, Deputy General Counsel, and Fitch Ratings’s Senior Director Chad Lewis, as we examine these, and other challenges facing sports organizations at the moment. 

Presenters
Chris Brumm, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate & Finance, Major League Baseball
Joseph Siclare, EVP & CFO, National Football League
Chad Lewis, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 1: Venue Reintegration Strategies in the COVID-19 World 
In this session we focus on strategies being used to safely bring facilities back online in the new COVID-19 world.  Our panel consists of experts in facility design and construction, infection prevention, hospitality and stadium operations. And we will discuss subjects around venue health, venue operations and fan/guest experience, and ways to address each across various facility types.  From employee check-in, to housekeeping, to contactless operations, specific experiences in professional sports stadiums, entertainment attractions and convention center environments will be reviewed. Important topics around cleaning & disinfecting, air purification, facility and operational modifications and food service operations will be addressed using real world implementation examples.  

Moderator
Eric Heacock, Sports & Entertainment Project Developer, Legends 

Panel 
Doug Behar, SVP, Stadium Operations, New York Yankees 
Dan Marsh, Partner, Hygienix Holdings, LLC 
John LaRochelle, CEO, Environmental Infection Prevention 
Richard Porteus, VP, Hospitality, Legends

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 2: How Venues Become Esports Ready 

Esports has built an emerging media and cultural presence and venue operators and owners are taking notice. Esports ready facilities are an important piece of the puzzle for not only the future of gaming, but a progressive component to unlocking a venue or district’s engagement and revenue potential. To demystify what goes into laying the foundation for a successful Esports ready facility, our panel of program, finance and delivery experts will cover the topic from concept to ribbon cutting.

Moderator
Matt McCleary, Senior Advisor, WT Partnership

Panel
Michael Brooks, Executive Director, National Association of College Esports 
Michael Beteag, EVP & Chief Technology Officer, ocV!be Sports and Entertainment
Derek Watford, Co-Founder, High Point Gamer 

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 3: Planning for Mixed-Use Developments

In this session participants will learn about how mixed-use development has evolved over time with respect to scale, financing methodologies, strategic partnerships, and more. We will examine the driving forces behind some of the nation’s most successful and creative mixed-use developments including development adjacent to sports venues and discuss how the private market was leveraged to achieve collective success. Participants will be challenged to consider the impacts of emerging trends on the future of mixed-use development.

Presenters
Jeanne Katz, Shareholder; Co-Chair, Planned Community, Mixed-Use & Condominium Practice Group, Winstead 
Bob Burton, Shareholder; Co-Chair, Planned Community, Mixed-Use & Condominium Practice Group, Winstead
David Staas, Shareholder; Winstead 

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 4: How P3 Can Balance Fairgrounds Mission with Commercialization

How can P3 opportunities be leveraged to balance lost Fair revenues as a result of COVID-19 and diversify operations to grow new revenue streams while ensuring the ongoing success of Fairgrounds across the country? Fairgrounds are often well located, but size needs for holding them have reduced and local government support has been reduced for funding. As such, fairgrounds are seeking supplemental revenue streams to support operations, and we will examine how real estate P3s serve as part of that solution.

Presenters
Charles Johnson, President, C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc. 

Sarah Emmerton, Director of Fairgrounds, C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc.
Sonja Williams, Human Resources Manager/Financial Aid Director, Northwest Technology Center

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 1: Designing Flexible Venues to Meet the Market and Max the Impact 

At CSEF 2019, the concept of hybrid venues was introduced and was one of the most popular panels of the event. This year, we take a deeper dive to understand how communities can understand what the best and most cost-effective approaches are to design, engineer and operate venues based on your specific market opportunities. 

Are you a sports venue that needs an easy transition to concerts or a performing arts hall that can convert to conferences and consumer shows? The permutations are numerous, but the name of the game is facility optimization and impact. Even today’s outdoor stadia are hosting multiple sport field types and other non-sport events. What surfaces, flexible structures and concepts give you the most bang for your buck and how does your market influence what gets built? Hear from market experts, architects and facility managers who will expose you to this ever-changing world of flexible venues.

Moderator
Rob Hunden, President & CEO, Hunden Strategic Partners

Panel
Marty Bragg, Senior Advisor, Arts Consulting Group
Randy Braun, Principal, Walter P Moore
David Greusel, Principal, Convergence Design

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 2: Understanding Asset Recycling
The Federal, State, and Local governments hold billions of dollars of infrastructure assets that could be monetized to unlock trapped or hidden value which can then be redeployed for the benefit of the State and its residents. In many cases such assets are also budget liabilities and/or have massive maintenance backlogs. Asset recycling is a means to monetize existing infrastructures and engaging private partners to invest in and upgrade existing asset needs under present budget and financing constraints. Through recycling of lease proceeds created from long-term leases of facilities, new funding source potential is created for development of new infrastructure projects. Asset recycling addresses both existing, aging facilities and future projects. In this session our panel will discuss topics including the increase of private capital in asset recycling, how performance provisions in long-term leases ensure facility improvements, and the increase in state and local governments utilizing asset recycling as a tool to create additional funding.

Presenters
Adam Hesketh, Managing Director, KPMG 
Martin Klepper, Chairman, Fengate Asset Management
Amy Lloyd, Director, Citi
John Medina, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group, Moody’s Investor Service 

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 3: The City of Wichita’s New Riverfront Stadium Project

Join us to hear about this transformative project and learn how “all gas and no brakes” became the slogan for the City of Wichita’s new Riverfront Stadium project.  Following project conception, the City obtained STAR bond authorization from the State of Kansas and established a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) along the west bank of the Arkansas River.  The next step was an agreement between the City and the New Orleans Baby Cakes Triple-A Minor League Baseball team to relocate to the City upon completion of a new $83 million stadium that also included a plan to revitalize the downtown riverfront. 

In order to achieve “speed to market” the City of Wichita and the Team elected the Design Build procurement method to ensure the new home of the future Wichita Wind Surge was designed and constructed by opening day of the 2020 season, a mere 16 months from start to finish. Even with the cancellation of the 2020 season, before a single game was played, the new Wichita “Riverfront Stadium” was named the second-best Triple-A stadium in MiLB by Baseball Digest. The City looks forward to capitalizing on new areas of growth and embracing the quality of life amenities – hotel, mixed-use development, retail, and corporate office space – resulting from the economic development expected to flow from the construction of the new stadium! This session brings together key participants in this unique project who will share experiences and lessons learned.

Moderator
Scott Sherry, National Sports Director, JE Dunn Construction 

Panel
Mark Appell, Managing Member, International Facilities Group, LLC (IFG)
Jordan Kobritz, Partner / Senior Advisor, Wichita Wind Surge 
Scot Rigby, Assistant City Manager, Director of Development Services, City of Wichita 
Tom Tingle, Senior Sports Architect / Senior Associate, DLR Group

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 4: Strategies for Obtaining Public Agency Approvals and Minimizing Legal Risks for Sports Facility Projects
The two most complex challenges in the development and on-time completion of professional sports facilities are (1) obtaining the myriad of approvals and permits from local, state and federal agencies and (2) defending against a broad range of legal objections that project opponents often pursue in court. These challenges are becoming more complicated as professional sports facilities are now also likely to be part of larger mixed-use developments with companion residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment and convention uses. Through the use of case studies from recent NBA and MLB sports facility projects in California, this presentation will focus on real world examples of the approval process and litigation to demonstrate practical strategies for ensuring success. 

This presentation will address land use approvals, environmental review, community benefit agreements, public financing, and community outreach. Specific topics will include transportation (parking, public transit, traffic control), noise, and financing. The presentation will also examine precedent-setting steps taken by California local and state legislatures to pass special legislation designed to facilitate and streamline sport facility project approvals and environmental review and expedite court challenges to these types of projects. Strategies for negotiating approvals and agreements with public agencies and the community will be explored, as well as litigation defense strategies that will help keep critical completion deadlines on track to meet sports seasons’ opening days.

Presenters
Tim Cremin, Principal Attorney, Meyers Nave
Shaye Diveley, Principal, Attorney Meyers Nave

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
30 Minute Break: Virtual Expo Hall Tour / Digital 1 on 1s

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 1: Rethinking “Subsidy” – How Public Assembly Venues Can Deliver Better 
With the fiscal challenges that the public sector is facing, now is the time to take a fresh look at Convention Centers (and all public assembly venues) fiscal performance. In this session JLL will discuss opportunities with a leading city official to think differently about the long-time performance challenges and resource requirements of Convention Centers and other public assembly venues.

Presenters
Bethanie DeRose, Vice President of Tourism and Destination Development, JLL 
Steve Rymer, City Manager, City of Rochester, Minnesota 
Daniel Fenton, Executive Vice President of Tourism and Destination Development, JLL

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 2: Using Technology Innovation to Drive Fan Engagement, Operational Efficiency and an Enhanced Bottom Line 

The ownership group of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks committed to building an arena that is the gold standard for a sports and entertainment facility while also driving additional development and community growth throughout the region. Whether home to multiple sports teams, transformed for concerts, or ready to welcome rodeos and monster truck rallies, venues like Fiserv Forum must ensure fans not only enjoy the event but are also safe, comfortable and connected. Meeting these goals requires the implementation of smart, connected building solutions that simultaneously contribute to an enhanced fan experience, improved energy and operational efficiencies, and provide a positive impact to the bottom line for venue owners and operators. 

In this session, Nick Treder, Director of Sports & Entertainment for Johnson Controls, joins with Matt Pazaras, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy for the Milwaukee Bucks to discuss the holistic approach the organizations used to design, execute and manage Fiserv Forum so that the venue remains best-in-class.  You will learn how strategic technology integrations inspire additional innovation, and how a smart, digitally transformed building can only continue to fulfill the purpose for which it was created if the systems, platforms and technologies implemented within are maintained and optimized for the future.

Presenters
Matt Pazaras, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy, Milwaukee Bucks
Nick Treder, Director of Sports & Entertainment, Johnson Controls
Hank Monaco, Vice President, Johnson Controls

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 3: Preparing a Successful Procurement 
An alternative delivery procurement model is a combination of design, construction, financing, operations, and maintenance. In this session we will examine the key issues that owners must consider in conducting a project procurement – structuring the agreement, conducting a fair and competitive procurement process, and negotiating a final agreement that is transparent and protects the public interest. Presenters will cover best practices and new approaches to procurement, and considers how owners can most effectively structure risk transfer in design and construction costs, operational and maintenance challenges, and factors that can impact your value for money analysis.

Presenters
Valerie Blinch, Director, Fengate Asset Management
Krudo DeJesus, Vice President, Fengate Asset Management

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 4: Managing Design and Construction Risk in Modern Stadium and Arena Projects
One of the hallmarks of a successful project is proper allocation and sharing of risk. The stakes are even higher with sports facilities and other large public venue projects because of their significant community development impacts, and identifying the most cost effective and efficient risk management tools, contractual provisions and risk transfer products is critical. Where can the balance be stricken and how can you be sure you have identified all the project risk categories for which transfer is an appropriate deal point? 

This session will discuss how participants can work together to establish expectations and strike an appropriate balance for risk allocation between them on a project. The panel will also address the techniques and vehicles available to implement risk transfer, with emphasis on state-of-the-art contract terms and insurance programs.

Moderator
Julian Anderson, President, Rider Levett Bucknall 

Panel
Derek Beaman, Senior Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates 
Joshua Coulter, Senior Vice President, Plenary Group
James McLamb, Senior Vice President, Clark Construction 
Sherri Privitera, Senior Principal, POPULOUS 
 
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Virtual Room 1: Private Investment for the Public Benefit 

Public-private partnerships offer possibilities for community development, job creation, and budget certainty for city government, and can help address needs in the government buildings space. Part of this session will focus on the difference between the traditional Muni-Bond financing methods and the P3 model – this difference being most important during the operations phase.

Presenters
Jay Brown, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal P3-Infrastructure-Real Estate Advisory
Roderick Devlin, Partner, Nixon Peabody 
Tad Guleserian, Managing Director, CRC Companies
Sandra McQuain, Executive Director, England Airpark

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Virtual Room 2: The Sports Facility of The Future

As fan engagement is key and rapidly evolving, how are teams and leagues preparing for the fan of the future and how are stadiums and arenas being developed or renovated to meet those needs.  In this conversation our panel will discuss trends for stadium/arena development, and identify opportunities and considerations for stakeholders to evaluate that maximize the fan experience and the successful implementation of their project delivery. 

Moderator
Jeff Nydegger, Co-Chair, P3, Infrastructure & Project Finance Industry Group, Winstead 

Panel
Gerardo Prado, Sports Group Director, HNTB
Nicholas Treder, Director, Sports & Entertainment, Johnson Controls 
Ryan Walsh, Executive Director, HCSCC | NRG Park  

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Virtual Room 3: Building Consensus and Moving Projects Forward During a Pandemic 

The pandemic has our facilities sitting empty and our stakeholders uncertain about the future. In this session we will see how sports and convention industry leaders are managing the present, preparing to reopen AND getting long term development projects off the ground. You will hear from leaders in the trenches that now is the right time to plan the investments that will help you win the future. And how they are building the consensus in their communities for action. 

Moderator 
Robert Svedberg, AIA, Principal, Public Assembly, tvsdesign 

Panel 
Mac Campbell, CVP, CTA, Deputy Director, Baltimore Convention Center 
Paul Cramer, CVE, Executive Director, The Classic Center 
Jack Hill, Senior VP of Project Development, Texas Rangers 
Erik Waldman, CVE, Vice President, Venue Solutions, tvsdesign

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Networking Happy Hour


Program Preview – Day 2: Thursday, August 13, 2020

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM EST
Virtual Room 1: 
Hotel Industry Recovery – How the Different Segments are Positioned for Recovery in the Short and Long-Term

It is well understood how the hotel industry has been impacted by this year’s panedmic, but in this session JLL will break it down further and provide a detailed analysis of the current landscape. Which hotel segments are more vulnerable today and into the future? What is the implication for future publicly owned hotels or joint ventures in hotel development?

Presenters
Tony Peterman, Executive Vice President, P3 and Development Services, JLL
Eric Gorenstein, Vice President, P3 and Development Services JLL

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Virtual Room 2: Future of Sports Finance in a Post-COVID-19 World 
The dynamic sports finance industry will continue to evolve like it has for decades. Innovative financiers help the industry move forward and through many crises, including the current coronavirus-related shock. Will fans return to watch live sporting events? Will host cities reconsider future stadium and arena projects? What does a post-COVID-19 sports finance industry look like? What structural changes should we expect in future projects? Are the project finance protections already included in many projects enough to manage through the current and potential future shocks? Join us for this conversation and hear from one of the most experienced bankers and experts in the industry.

Presenters
David Abrams, Banker, Inner Circle Sports | Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport
John Medina, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group, Moody’s Investor Service 

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Virtual Room 3: 
Recovering from COVID: Lessons from the Front Lines

From making immediate operational changes to bring back live sports to rethinking facility nuts and bolts going forward, sports and entertainment venues are in recovery and future-proofing mode in a pandemic and post-pandemic world.  How will all the capital improvements be funded?  How quickly should we be moving on capital needs when on-the-ground reality changes so quickly?  Join us for essential  “lessons learned” from the facility front lines, with an expert panel of venue owners and operators and key industry advisors.

Presenters
Ryan Walsh, Executive Director, HCSCC | NRG Park
Andrea Austin, Partner, Husch Blackwell
Dan Barrett, Executive Vice President, CAA Icon
Marc Farha, Executive Vice President, CAA Icon

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 1: Economic Opportunities and Partnerships for Sports Facility and Multi-Use Developments
This panel discussion focuses on working with local public and private partnerships for maximizing economic opportunities.  Panelists will discuss the relationship between privatized operations and public investments, and examine how to balance the interests of the community and public uses with the needs of private development to produce positive economic results. 

Panel will discuss building the right team of consultants to work with the owner/developer and finding the needed revenue sources through naming rights, sponsorships, concessions, merchandising, premium seating, ticketing, and other revenue sources.  The panel will consist of industry experts from the private sector who work collaboratively with municipal and other governmental agencies to develop areas in an urban setting, including the re-use of existing facilities.  Importantly, we will also discuss the impacts of the new working environment in the world of COVID-19.

Moderator 
Paula Portz, Chief Operating Officer, Legends Project Development 

Panel 
Phil Dangerfield, Vice President, Operations, Haslam Group 
Todd Fleming, Vice President, Global Sales, Legends 
Cameron Curtis, Senior Vice President, Operations, Legends Project Development

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 2: Your Project Readiness Checklist: Preparing for the Recovery in 2021

While the severe revenue and fiscal impacts of COVID-19 are driving government agencies to defer and suspend capital projects, local governments will also have to contend with the “cost of doing nothing” when factoring in unexpected failure of old infrastructure and damage caused by natural disasters. Capital expenditures will occur one way or another for most, and in 2021 and beyond smart planning is more critical than ever. In this presentation we will explore the ingredients for successful project planning in a “do more with less” reality of innovative project delivery approaches.  We will discuss how elements in planning and deal structuring specifically helped expedite schedules, reduce costs, bridge funding gaps and insure successful long term asset management.

Presenters
Korin Crawford, EVP, Grifin|Swinerton
Seth Merewitz, Partner, Best Best & Kreiger LLP 

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 4: Creative Financing Concepts to Fund your Next Project Game

Changing projects require creative financing solutions, transparent communication and leadership. There are a new and unique approaches to funding P3 and public projects via district models, synthetic TIFs, leases, and others. What works for your project or district depends on the project itself, the players (public, private or both), state/local laws and the political environment. Learn from those who have made the seemingly impossible deals possible, from mixed-use district, sports facilities, convention centers, and others. Exposure to the possibilities is the first step in a successful financing strategy. Come get inspired with financing possibilities!

Presenters
Mac Bell, Managing Director/Head of P3 Investments, Fengate Asset Management 
Jeanne Boyle, Director of Commerce, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 
Rob Hunden, President & CEO, Hunden Strategic Partners 
Keenan Rice, President, Municap

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 4Applying Design-Build Best Practices to Project Delivery
In this session we will discuss the intersection of current design-build practices and how they should be adapted for facility/venue projects. With a collaborative delivery inherently embedded in almost any alternative delivery approach, mastering the design-build learning curve is fundamental to successfully implementing projects. Consistency between design-build agreements and underlying concession terms is critical in public-private partnerships and for DBFOM or DBO projects.

As part of this discussion, we’ll also focus on identifying key issues and risk transfer considerations unique to design-build delivery. This interactive discussion will address and consider key implementation issues: What are the preparation steps needed for to implement a project without prior hands-on design-build experience? Is there a progressive design-build option within the DB framework? How does the risk transfer and securitization of existing DBO models compare to traditional delivery? How can commissioning approaches and acceptance metrics for design-build and DBO projects be applied in today’s environment?

Presenters
Jose Davila, Senior Advisor, WT Partnership
Luigi La Corte, Director, Plenary
Allan Marks, Partner, Milbank

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 1: Operating Venues in a Post-Covid World: Cleaning Isn’t Enough! 
How we emerge from these challenging times will reshape how people gather, meet and enjoy sports and live entertainment for years to come. As facilities throughout the world are preparing or opening for business in a post-COVID world, the implementation of successful operating protocols is critical for success. ASM Global, the world’s leader in facility management along with AECOM, ServPro and Drexel University School of Medicine have joined forces to create VenueShield, a detailed, re-opening protocol for 325 ASM facilities around the world.

The focus of these measures is not just to clean and sanitize but to inspire confidence in employees, performers, athletes, fans, meeting planners, and guests visiting ASM facilities. A panel of senior executives representing these companies join us to discuss how they have and will continue to re-launch the sports and entertainment business with a program built on science, strategy, and consumer confidence. 

Presenters
Rich Krezwick, ASM Global Chief Commercial Officer
Jon Niemuth, Vice President, Director AECOM Sports, 
Chuck Steedman, ASM Global Executive Vice President, Strategy & Development 

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 2: Energy Infrastructure Solutions in Practice
The production, distribution, and efficient use of energy is integral to the performance of your asset. Many face challenges obtaining funding and expertise in their efforts to upgrade energy systems. Institutional challenges include converting to cleaner sources of energy, improving reliability, adding new generation capacity, and reducing operations and maintenance costs. Owners are seeking new forms of partnerships to shift development and operational risk, create sources of efficiency equity, and access alternative sources of capital. In this session our panel will review various structures available, the pros and cons of each method, and lessons learned from recent projects.

Moderator
Jensen Clarke, Director, Fengate Asset Management

Panel
Randall Clark, Senior Vice President and General Manage, Noresco
Wayne Barnett, Business Development, Clearway Energy 
Ryan Walsh, Executive Director, HCSCC | NRG Park

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 3: Investing in Your Community – Making the Most of Your Funding!
Implementation of a local infrastructure development plan is a proven path to economic resilience. State and local communities have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Join industry leaders as they delve into the innovative ways that State and local governments can deliver on their infrastructure needs, create economic advantages for their communities and achieve the maximum benefit from the Federal support package.

Presenters
Sia Kusha, Group Head, Project Development and Partnering, Plenary 
Jed Freelander, Managing Partner, Phoenix Infrastructure
Lindsay Taylor, Senior Associate, Meridiam

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 4: How Convention Centers Spur Redevelopment in a COVID-19 Environment

Should cities and developers proceed with approved projects to stimulate the economy during the post-COVID recovery phase? Convention Centers play a key role as catalysts for economic growth and development, extending beyond hotel room occupancy, by creating thousands of jobs and having significant impacts on the day-to-day lives of the local community. This session will explore The Yards mixed-use project in downtown Champaign, Illinois. Stakeholders from the private sector, the City of Champaign, the University of Illinois, and State and Federal transit authorities will fund and execute The Yards project that consists of a convention center, collegiate ice arena, hotel, transportation improvements and a surrounding mixed use district.

Presenters
TJ Blakeman, Senior Planner for Economic Development, City of Champaign 
Paul McKeever, Associate Principal, tvsdesign 
Charles Johnson, President, C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc. 
Ryan Johnson, Principal, C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc.

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
30 Minute Break: Virtual Expo Hall Tour / Digital 1 on 1s

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 1: Innovative Ways to Avoid Construction Disputes – DRBs and Their Application
Disputes and claims have been a part of construction projects for many years and oftentimes drag out well after the completion of the project, tying up valuable resources and adding costs. Actively managing the dispute or claim or, even better yet, helping avoid the claim or dispute entirely, saves time and money for all the parties involved. This workshop discusses how Dispute Review Boards (DRBs) have been used for many years and can be applied to projects of all sizes. By having a DRB start at the beginning of a project, the DRB can often help involved parties avoid a dispute by being proactive with the parties in getting issues settled and avoiding a dispute altogether. The conversation will provide an overview of the DRB process and how it can help avoid disputes or get them settled in a timely and efficient manner.

Presenters
Deborah B. Mastin, Esq., FCIArb 
Elizabeth A. Tippin, Esq., FCIArb, LEED AP

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 2: What is Your Flavor of Procurement? DBB/DB/DBF/DBM/DBFM/DBFOM
This session will examine the different procurement processes. We will explain the fundamental differences between structure types and how they can best for specific projects or help meet the specific goals of an agency. The Procurement processes to be covered will include Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, Design-Build-Finance, Design-Build-Maintain, Design-Build-Finance-Maintain, and Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain. Our panel will discuss how each structure impacts the project viability, the return to the agency, as well as implications for credit profiles and balance sheets.

Presenters 
Steve DeWitt, Senior Vice President Business Development, ‎ACS Infrastructure Development
Rodney Moss, Senior Vice President, Hunt Companies/Amber Infrastructure
Thomas John, Partner, Ice Miller
Anne Rabin, Founder, Infra-Solve LLC
 

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 3: Are Multipurpose Music Venues the New Arenas?
Indoor arenas have long been used as anchors of mixed-use development districts, due to their year-round use, multipurpose nature, and ability to attract large numbers of attendees. Recently, more and more venues focused largely on the music and entertainment industries have been built to fill a similar role – without the need for a sports tenant, at a lower cost, and with the ability to attract private development dollars. Hear from city representatives, event promoters, and private developers about the popularity of these venues, why a multipurpose club, amphitheater, or a combination indoor/outdoor facility might be right for your market, and how COVID-19 may affect future plans. 

Presenters
David Stone, CEO, Stone Planning
Don Graham, VP of Events, The Oak View Group/Climate Pledge Arena
Rita Ramirez, Assistant City Administrator/Director of Community Services, City of La Vista

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 4: Asset Management Best Practices for this Environment: Issues and Options
As assets age, good asset management becomes ever more essential and also expensive. Presenters will speak to deferred maintenance challenges and issues related to the age of the exiting assets, which present challenges in budgeting for repair and replacement. We’ll also explore options for avoiding deferral of maintenance, and explore some best practices for asset management based on our panel’s extensive experience in designing, operating, financing, and upgrading facilities.

Lastly this panel will consider include effective asset management and evolution through the adoption of technology, and how the use of analytics can reveal new opportunities to improving operations not only from a user and fan experience standpoint but by achieving new efficiencies like maximizing revenues, increasing capacity, better asset utilization, and lowering operating costs. We’ll consider recent trends in technology, the use of analytics in design and master planning, how data can be leveraged to drive revenue, and successful examples of project implementation.

Moderator
Andrea Austin, Partner, Husch Blackwell

Panel 
Kevin Austin, Senior Advisor – Sports, Venues & Entertainment, WT Partnership
David Harris, Associate Vice President, WT Partnership
Mark Lazarus, Director, Fitch Ratings 
Gerardo Prado, Sports Group Director, HNTB
Ryan Walsh, Executive Director, HCSCC | NRG Park 

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Virtual Room 1: Top 10 Critical Issues When Procuring Your Project
To attract the right consortium partners, project owners must instill confidence in the procurement process and house the necessary expertise to support a pipeline of projects. One way to do this is through a dedicated institutional framework designed to manage and guide programs and projects. Join this panel for a step-by-step review of 10 critical issues that must be addressed. Those issues include Vision, Political Champions, Communication, Community, Commitment, Experience, Funding, Staff, Time, and Access.

Presenters
Mary Scott Nabers, President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc. 
Jeff Nydegger, Co-Chair, P3, Infrastructure & Project Finance Industry Group, Winstead 
Sallye Perrin, Senior Vice President, WSP
Branden Kiely, Vice-President, The Concourse Group

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Virtual Room 2: Looking to the Future – The Role of Long-Term Cost Efficiencies in Alternative Project Delivery
While the benefit of obtaining private sector financing for sports and entertainment infrastructure draws much of the attention, the biggest advantages of alternative project delivery often derive from its focus on the long term (life-cycle) needs and costs of the asset and the value of design and construction in maximizing those elements. Public-private partnerships represent a natural evolution of Project Delivery Methods for projects beyond Design-Build to a method that includes the long-term performance and maintenance of the asset in its planning and execution. This discussion cover P3 as an evolution of Project Delivery Methods and explain how it is designed to shift long term risks and management of the asset to the parties best prepared to handle same.

Moderator
Ryan Bosworth, Resident Manager, Rider Levett Bucknall 

Panel
Julian Anderson, President, Rider Levett Bucknall 
Charles Renner, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
Gillian Schloss, Director, Plenary Group

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Virtual Room 3: Lodging and the Path to Recovery

Lodging taxes provide a critical source of support for the convention and tourism industries because they fund operating costs and debt service of convention centers, arenas, and other public assembly facilities. This revenue source also provides a large share of the funding for destination marketing organizations. The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a bigger blow to this crucial revenue stream than any previous event of economic dislocation in US history. HVS set out to quantify this impact and to map the road to recovery. In this session, HVS will present its assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 shock on demand and supply in the hospitality industry. Detailed analysis of data from 25 major US hotel markets provides a basis for estimates of the future availability of lodging tax revenues. HVS will offer guidance on the expected length of the recovery period and on how the hospitality and tourism industries can begin to shore up their financial positions.

Presenter
Thomas Hazinski, President and Managing Director, HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Networking Happy Hour


Program Preview – Day 3: Friday, August 14, 2020

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM EST
Opening Presentation: Process is Key. How to go from Bright Idea to a Shovel in the Ground
Join Rob Hunden, CEO of Hunden Strategic Partners, as he takes you through the pathways to pick….and pitfalls to parry….when planning your perfect project process. There is no greater loss for a mayor or other leader of a major multi-year project process that gets nixed at the last minute by a city or county council, stuck in the mud when a developer pulls out or fails to advance, or when a financing plan implodes. Homework, Market Reality, Strong Partners (Developers, Attorneys, Advisors), Communication Strategy and Leadership are all critical to cross the finish line. Your approach to the process really does make a difference and many of us have the scars to prove it. Learn what NOT to do and what TO do. You may want to bring your mayor or city manager to this session.

Presenter 
Rob Hunden, President & CEO, Hunden Strategic Partners

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 1:
Creating Opportunity and Positive Economic Impact through Infrastructure and Inclusion 
Infrastructure investment and development is a time-tested, proven way to kick-start the economy. While Federal financial support for projects might be available, that support can be slow and difficult to fully utilize. In this session we’ll examine how private investment, through a P3 model, can be used to speed the recovery process, provide local economic development, and get people back to work faster. 

Presenters
Jack A. Callahan, CPA, Partner – Construction Industry Leader, CohnReznick
Matthew J. Miller, Partner, Ice Miller 
Judi Williams, Managing Consultant, BTG

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 2: You Were Just Appointed to the Sports and Entertainment/Arena Authority: Now What? 
In this session we’ll explore how you can survive in the deep end of the pool of facility leadership; how to be and stay at the forefront of a dynamic industry for buildings and operations, and how to get elected. We’ll cover key lessons learned, and questions and answers from the lives of both facilities authority members and leaders.

Presenters
Jeff Merritt, Executive Director, Centennial Authority – PNC Arena 
Perry Safran, Appointed Board Member, Centennial Authority – PNC Arena

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 3: The Javits Convention Center Expansion Project: Design-Build at its Finest 
The $1.2 billion Javits project, now nearly complete, is New York State’s first major pubic building procured on a fixed price design-build basis.  This presentation will profile the project and provide a behind-the-scenes look at how Empire State Development’s decision to switch from design-bid-build to design-build was made; why DB was selected over progressive DB and P3; how the program requirements compared to an earlier indicative design; how the commissioning and occupancy readiness standards were developed; and how the project was saved when the most advantageous proposer’s design-build price significantly exceeded the owner’s unannounced affordability ceiling.

Presenters
Eric Petersen, Partner, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP 
Chris Taylor, Partner, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Virtual Room 4: Business-Driven Design Process for Event Venues and Ancillary Developments 
The key drivers for sports and entertainment development projects are cost and revenue. This session will cover the impacts of early-stage business strategies on the design of the venue. Ancillary developments around sporting venues create neighborhoods or districts where sports venues become a catalyst for growth and economic activity. As investment in ancillary developments grows – whether development occurs as part of the venue or after the venue is built, it is critical to connect both the business goals and the architectural design approach, encouraging all parties involved to understand the project as a whole. Aligning the two processes can lead to a more cohesive project with greater revenue generation opportunities and better-aligned business strategies.

Moderator
Dae Hee Kwak, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of Center for Sport Marketing Research, University of Michigan

Panel
Sung Jung, Associate and Sports Practice Leader, DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design 
Mike Plant, President & CEO of Braves Development Company
Jim Renne, SVP, National Director of Sports+Entertainment, JLL | Project+Development Services 

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 1: P3 for Sports in Vital Redevelopment Areas

P3 for sports is not a new idea anymore, especially for projects placed in vital redevelopment areas. Notable examples include stadiums in big markets like Los Angeles, Atlanta and Las Vegas. What about smaller markets? Hear how the Live, Work and Play approach has played a pivotal role in the expansion efforts of the United Soccer League. Are cities willing to provide financing? Can TIFS, room tax, meals tax, opportunity zones or other revenue streams be used to dedicate incremental funds to development? What impact does COVID-19 have on the delivery and planning of these projects?  Join us and learn all this and hear about several stadium anchored developments presently in the works. 

Presenters
Justin Papadakis, Chief Operating Officer, USL 
Brandon Dowling, Principal, C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc.
Brett Johnson, Principal, Fortuitous Partners/Co-Chairman Phoenix Rising

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 2: Leveraging Sports Facilities and Convention Center Infrastructures to Build a Downtown World Class Energy Efficient District Energy Systems 
Over the last two decades downtown Phoenix in Maricopa County, AZ has experienced major growth and new developments including the construction of 50,000 seat Chase Field home of the Phoenix’ own MLB Diamondbacks, the completion of the new Phoenix convention center and the expansion of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona downtown campuses. To support all of the development activity, new collaborative opportunities were envisioned and private capital was infused by Clearway and its predecessors to partner with and integrate these facilities to be part of a world-renowned energy efficient district energy system. 

In this session we discuss how innovative infrastructure partnerships shifted development and operational risk and access to alternative sources of capital to support the growth of the sports and entertainment district In the heart of the 6th largest city in the United States.

Presenters
Alan Sokolsky, Senior Engineering Manager, Arizona Diamondbacks
Jay Zaghloul, Director, Business Development, Clearway Energy Inc 
Sia Kusha, Group Head, Project Development and Partnering, Plenary 

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 3: How to Work with Your Advisors to Achieve Your Project
Deliverables
Walk through the development of a P3 project from the public sector point of view, with professionals in the field. Hear just what it is like in the room when public sector leaders speak with their advisors, asking difficult questions, and plot the course towards a successful project’s delivery. 

Presenters
Jay Brown, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal P3-Infrastructure-Real Estate Advisory
Sue Lee, Senior Managing Director, EY 
Sebastian Smelko, Partner, Ice Miller

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Virtual Room 4: Drawing People Together: How a City’s Entertainment and Event Districts Transform the Urban Core 
Sacramento is the fastest growing city in California, boasting a bustling food scene, high-tech agricultural industry, an arena and a new convention center designed to accommodate everything from Esports tournaments to the largest global gathering of wine industry influencers. These attractions are the direct result of hundreds of millions of dollars in investments made in the capital city’s event infrastructure. The ripple effect is revitalizing the city’s historic K Street corridor district that acts as Sacramento’s commercial and cultural spine. 

On the opposite end of the country, the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta showcase the future of sports-anchored mixed-use developments. As fan expectations of the live experience are increasingly emphasizing time spent before and after the game itself, the partnership between Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta development offers shopping, dining and entertainment experiences to deliver value 365 days a year for fans, locals and tenants alike. This session brings together leaders in mixed-use developments to share key takeaways and discuss the factors involved in successful urban developments.  

Presenters
Michael Lockwood, Senior Principal / Senior Architect, Populous
Byron Chambers, Principal / Design Director, Populous
Matt Voreyer, General Manager, City of Sacramento

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
30 Minute Break: Virtual Expo Hall Tour / Digital 1 on 1s

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 1: Credit Concerns: Special Taxes Plunge During Coronavirus Outbreak, 
Many convention centers and sports facilities are financed with the use of local special taxes, including hotel, motor vehicle, food and beverage, sales, or other taxes pledge to repay bonds issued to construct the facility. These special taxes haven been materially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in the US to date and remain vulnerable to future declines, stagnation, or periods of slow growth until tourism and commerce returns to more normalized levels. Moody’s will show sector wide performance through the coronavirus outbreak to date and how this has affected credit and our view of new transactions moving forward, as well as structural protections, liquidity and parent government support that have been fundamental to maintaining credit quality.

Presenter
Valentina Gomez, Local Government State Lead, Analyst, Moody’s Investor Services

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 2: Smart Solutions for Facilities Operators to Protect Guests & Staffs 
Translate re-opening protocols into action with practical, elevated solutions that ensure loyalty, confidence and trust in your customers.  Each facility is a unique building with a specific ecosystem of constraints, points of contact, layouts and design elements that demand customized solutions.  Physical barriers and redesigned workspaces represent only one layer of a comprehensive safety solution.  Integrating protective measures into your facility, is one of the best investments to make as your organization resumes operations.  Learn from distinguished experts in this session as we discuss essential elements for all facility owners/operators need to successfully welcome back guests.  This presentation will include a special speaker from UC Berkeley to discuss what actions the Campus is currently taking. 

Presenters
Luis Vivas, CEO, VIVAS Inc.
Katelyn Nomura-Weingrow, Marketing & Creative Director, University of California, Berkeley

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 3: Integrated Approaches to Building A Microgrid 
Microgrids offer owners and managers an innovative and reliable solution to meet their essential, yet non-core “Utility Grid” needs, i.e. Energy (electric, thermal) plus Water Treatment & Distribution plus Wastewater Collection & Treatment. This extended presentation starts from first principles (what is a microgrid, components and configurations such as renewable and clean energy sources, energy storage systems (electric and thermal), delivery mechanism for power, thermal energy (steam, hot water, chilled water, even hot gas) and resiliency considerations. 

As part of this presentation we’ll then pivot to the principles of microgrid development including, but not limited to rapid concept ideation, rapid Economic analysis (CapEx, OpEx, cash flow analysis), risk identification and mitigations, contract development etc.  We will also cover key FEL stage-gates from business assessment, through engineering through construction to Operations & Maintenance.  An underlying objective is helping owners install microgrids quickly without or at least minimally impacting facility budgets and everyday operations.  A review of lessons learned from the feasibility and design process through construction, startup and testing will be included in addition to the regulatory aspects to consider in a tactical implementation. 

Presenter 
Suresh Jambunathan, CEO, Enwadev

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Room 4: Utilizing an Alternative Delivery Procurement to Deliver CSE Civic Development Projects
With multiple U.S. cities looking to modernize their convention, sports and entertainment centers, public authorities are increasingly looking to the private sector to help them deliver larger, more complex projects within a shorter timeframe. 

In this panel, industry experts walk through the benefits to be gained by a public authority by applying a P3 model to an upcoming CSE development, including potential synergies of bundling crossover facilities, the impact of transferring revenue risk to the private sector, and alternatives to the traditional Availability Payment model.   

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Video Networking Hour

4:00 PM
2020 Conference Ends