The Untapped Urban Market:
Attracting Business to the Inner City

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
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8:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Barbara Walter, Senior Vice-President and Branch Manager
Buffalo Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Hon. Irene J. Elia, Mayor, City of Niagara Falls
Richard Deitz, Regional Economist
Buffalo Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
9:00 AM Morning Plenary Sessions
Session I The major trends affecting urban and inner-city markets and a new competitive cities agenda designed to stimulate neighborhood and city revitalization
Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution
Session II The competitive advantage of inner cities: Achieving a sustainable inner-city economic base through private, for-profit business development and investments
Claire Kaplan, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
10:30 AM BREAK
Session III A private-sector model for rebuilding inner-city competitiveness: Lessons from MidTown Cleveland
Margaret Murphy, Founding Director
Session IV Encouraging business development near the Buffalo medical corridor
Angelo Fatta, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 PM Afternoon Plenary Sessions
Session V Catalyzing inner-city neighborhood retail and business strip development by supporting community development corporations
P. Jefferson Armistead, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Session VI A community development bank's role in strengthening inner-city markets for business investment and growth
Shelly Herman, Shorebank Corporation
2:30 PM BREAK
Session VII Public and private incentives designed to encourage inner-city development and redevelopment
Robert Bannister, Fannie Mae
Session VIII Panel Discussion
Archie Amos, Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation
P. Jefferson Armistead, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Robert Bannister, Fannie Mae
Shelly Herman, Shorebank Corporation
Claire Kaplan, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution

Margaret Murphy, MidTown Cleveland
Henry Taylor, University at Buffalo Department of Planning
Moderator:
Mike Igoe, Channel 2 News, WGRZ-TV
4:30 PM Reception