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Utah Performing Arts Center Community Forum

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Garfield Traub Swisher, the Utah Performing Arts Center development consultant to the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, would like to announce that a panel of representatives from around the country will talk about the successes and challenges of building performing arts centers in their cities. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will invite and encourage audience members to join the dialogue.

When:
Wednesday, September 28, 7 p.m.
Salt Lake City Main Public Library Auditorium
210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City


Panelists:

Ken Neufeld

President and CEO of Victoria Theatre Association, Operator of the Schuster Center, the Victoria Theatre, and the Loft Theatre in Dayton, Ohio

KEN NEUFELD, President and CEO of Victoria Theatre Association, Operator of the Schuster Center, the Victoria Theatre, and the Loft Theatre in Dayton, Ohio

Mr. Neufeld is a 28-year veteran in executive management of performing arts centers, professional theatre companies and civic museums in the United States and Canada. He has developed a national reputation for successfully diversifying audiences and expanding programming to include under-served and nontraditional audiences. A creative thinker in dealing with economic downturns and urban revitalization, Mr. Neufeld has a reputation for being a collaborative arts and community partner with a track record in studying ways to share services for increased efficiency.

 

Reginald James Johnson

Interim Director of the Durham, North Carolina Department of Community Development

REGINALD JAMES JOHNSON, Interim Director of the Durham, North Carolina Department of Community Development

In addition to his Community Development responsibilities, Mr. Johnson is the liaison to Durham’s two city-owned theatres – the 1,000-seat Carolina Theatre built in 1926 and the 2,800-seat Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), the largest theatre in North and South Carolina. From November 2003 through August 2011, Mr. Johnson was the senior assistant to the Durham city manager, advising Durham’s city manager on public policy and management issues and serving as the city manager’s liaison with the City Council and the Durham community.

 

Randy Weeks

President of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

RANDY WEEKS, President of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Mr. Weeks’ past titles include Executive Director of Denver Center Attractions and Theater Operations Manager for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His career has been highlighted by securing Denver for the openings of the national tours of A Chorus Line, Sunset Boulevard, Carol Channing in Hello Dolly! and Disney’s The Lion King, as well as the pre-Broadway run of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. In addition to presenting up to 22 Broadway touring productions a year, Mr. Weeks added cabaret productions in the Garner Galleria Theatre to Denver Center Attractions’ offerings in 1992. He is a member of the Independent Presenter Network and serves as a Governor for the Broadway Theatre League.

Please visit the new Utah Performing Arts Center website to find out more about the goals and economic impact the development will have on Salt Lake City, Utah and how you too can get involved.

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance: Second Edition

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance

We highly recommend the recently-published Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance: Second Edition, authored by Susan Giles Bischak. Ms. Giles Bischak is President and Founding Principal of Giles & Company Strategic Business Consultants and instructor for Economic Development Finance in the Distance Learning Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the University of Southern California, School of Policy and Development.

This excellent book provides a “hands on” approach for public/private partnerships and lays out tools for policymakers, community leaders, developers, and lenders to prepare and evaluate strategic business plans to attract private investment dollars. Ms. Giles Bischak walks the reader through each step of the financial plan starting with the project proposal, setting goals and objectives, organization development, venture selection, financial analysis, risk assessment for all parties involved, and project implementation. This book includes case studies, real-world examples and exercises, a glossary of terms, and steps to prepare a business plan. The book is used as an academic tool and for seminars with policy makers.

Ray Garfield of Garfield Traub was privileged to be a contributor in Ms. Giles Bischak’s book. Garfield Traub’s early and ongoing successes nationally in overcoming economic, legal and political hurdles to essential public developments through innovative financing and delivery methods are discussed in Chapter 5, “Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance.” Garfield Traub’s white paper entitled “Municipal Lease-Purchase Financing and Certificates of Participation,” is cited as a resource for key elements of this chapter.

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