Back in January, the City kicked off a speaker series on themes related to the City's Comprehensive Plan Update. Each month, a speaker will present a topic relating to the Comprehensive Plan component. The final speaker, Matthew Kwatinetz, will focus on Sustainability, Culture and Integrated Economic Development Strategies. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Shoreline City Council Chambers.
Matthew Kwatinetz is the Managing Partner at QBL Real Estate. Matthew advises clients on projects and policy surrounding public/private finance and the development and ongoing operations of cultural real estate.
From 2002-2008, he was the developer and then Producing Artistic Director of Capitol Hill Arts Center in Seattle, and prior to that, he worked for a variety of arts, entertainment and festival organizations in producing, management and strategy. From 1999-2001, Matthew worked for the Microsoft Corporation. He has been a featured speaker for NAIOP, Great Cities Initiative, Americans for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, Net Impact, and the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities.
Matthew was also the founding Vice President of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce (WA). He co-founded and sat on the Seattle Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee, served on King County's Cultural Real Estate Task Force and on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington Commercial Real Estate Development Program. He is a Consulting Researcher at the Institute for Urban Research, working with Dr. Susan Wachter, former deputy secretary of HUD. He is Executive Director of the Center for Real Estate Policy, a NYC-based non-partisan think-tank.
Matthew received his MBA with Honors in Real Estate at The Wharton School, where he was a Martin Bucksbaum Fellow. He is a graduate of Deep Springs College and Harvard University, where he graduated with honors.
Following each speaker's presentation, attendees will be invited to mingle and share ideas with staff and other participants. These ideas will be transformed into new goals and policies for the Comprehensive Plan that will guide future decisions made by City officials and staff. The Comprehensive Plan is the primary tool used by local governments to guide decisions regarding the use of land, housing, transportation, community design, economic development, infrastructure and natural resources.
For more information visit the 2012 Comprehensive Plan Major Update project page, or contact Associate Planner, Miranda Redinger, at (206) 801-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view previous Speaker's Series presentations, visit the video archive.