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Retail in the Age of Disruption

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Connecticut Main Street Center presents Retail in the Age of Disruption on October 2 at The Lyceum in Hartford and October 3 at Ferguson Library in Stamford. Learn how Main Street businesses are winning against online competitors and hear about the latest tools and resources to help businesses create unforgettable experiences for today's shoppers. 

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Wednesday – October 2, Hartford

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Introductory remarks by CT Main Street, Mayor Luke Bronin (invited).  Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz (invited); DECD Commissioner David Lehman (invited); Jordan Polon, Hartford BID (invited)

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Robert Gibbs, President, Gibbs Planning Group, “Shapeshifting Retail – Facts, Fiction & Fun”

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Larisa Ortiz, Principal, Streetsense, Preparing Your Main Street for Retail

2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.  Break

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Panel

Addressing Retail/Commercial Vacancies

Moderator – Mike Goman, Goman & York

Panelist 1 – Commercial Realtor – Karen and/or John Pollard, Real Estate Advisors Ltd.

Panelist 2 – Landlord/Property Manager - Lisa Drazen, 74 Union Place Realty LLC & Erik Ben-Kiki, EBK Gallery – Inside Out Project

Panelist 3 – Retailer – Barbara Karsky, BK&CO, West Hartford

Panelist 4 – Municipality – Gary Anderson, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Manchester


 

Thursday, October 3, Stamford

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Introductory remarks by CT Main Street, Michael Pollard, City of Stamford Chief of Staff, Sandy Goldstein, President, Stamford Downtown Special Services District, Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz (invited), DECD Commissioner David Lehman (invited)

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m  Robert Gibbs, President, Gibbs Planning Group, “Shapeshifting Retail – Facts, Fiction & Fun”

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Larisa Ortiz, Principal, Streetsense, Preparing Your Main Street for Retail

2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Panel

Addressing Retail/Commercial Vacancies

Moderator – Mike Goman, Goman & York

Panelist 1 – Commercial Realtor – Laura Leeds, Simon David Real Estate (invited)

Panelist 2 – Landlord – Gregory Lodato, MarLo Associates, Inc. (invited)

Panelist 3 – Retailer – Rachel Shechtman, Story (invited)

Panelist 4 – Municipality - Jackie Wetenhall, Stamford Downtown Special Services District, Vice President Retail Development