Commercial / Economic / Global Day

When:  Sep 25, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST)
Associated with  Common Ground

Commercial/Economic/Global Day

Join us for one of our most exciting Commercial Days to date! In addition to the Power Broker panel you have been asking for, we’ll have presentations on some of the most important issues of the day, such as the changing landscape of economic development with a focus on placemaking. We also have speakers who will delve into the best practices and challenges of Opportunity Zones. We are especially excited for a presentation on the Idea Commons. Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Art (IDEA) Commons is an initiative headed by Missouri State University with the support of the City of Springfield and the Springfield Building Development Corporation (SBDC) to redevelop a portion of Springfield's Center City into a new type of urban research park that will be blended with residential, office, retail, entertainment, and industrial land uses, and supported by University programs.


  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to network and kick off the Commercial/Economic/Global Day on Tuesday! 
  • Location: The Tower Club | Starlight 22 Room | 901 E St. Louis Street, Springfield, MO 65806

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Location: The Tower Club | Skyline 21 Room | 901 E St. Louis Street, Springfield, MO 65806

Wednesday, September 25 

10:00 am
Opening Remarks
Opportunity Zones: Resources, Best Practices and Challenges from Across the State

  • Michael Lanahan, Director of Business & Community Solutions, Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Derek Smith, Partner, BKD CPA’s & Advisors
  • Nathan Graham, Director, Commercial Services, Realtors Property Resource, LLC

11:00 am
Power Broker Panel

  • Mark Patrick, ReeceNichols
  • Galen Pellham, Murney
  • Tom Rankin, SVN Rankin
  • Ross Murray, RB Murray Company
  • Moderator, Jen Enderson

12:00 pm
Lunch & Presentation on the Idea Commons

  • Allen D. Kunkel, CEcD, Associate Vice President for Economic Development Director, Jordan Valley Innovation Center

1:00 pm
Panel Discussion on the changing landscape of economic development with a focus on placemaking to put population growth into overdrive to help meet employers’ number one barrier to creating jobs (finding workers).

2:00 pm
Closing Remarks


  • Missouri REALTORS® member: $49.00/person (includes Tuesday reception and Wednesday lunch)
  • Non-Missouri REALTORS® member: $59.00/person (includes Tuesday reception and Wednesday lunch)


Registration for this class is independent of the September Business Conference registration.

Missouri REALTORS® member: Commercial/Economic/Global Day

Non-Missouri REALTORS® member: Commercial/Economic/Global Day

Event Image


University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
333 S John Q Hammons Pkwy
Springfield, MO 65806