Keynote speaker is Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group. Basu will place Downtown Frederick in a larger economic context and address how smaller downtowns are being impacted by residential trends, changes that are happening in cities that are similar to Downtown Frederick, who wants to live in downtown and how this impacts the type of housing units offered and the economic impact of downtown residents. Open to anyone interested in attending. Pre-register.
The morning will begin with a continental breakfast and networking from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Anirban Basu's presentation, titled "To All the Economists I've Loved Before," will begin at 8 a.m.
Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Pennsylvania and Cambodia. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.
In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. He also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee and is the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors, as well as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association.
He serves or has served similar functions for Visit Baltimore, Maryland Realtors, and Marcum, LLC.
Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University Of Maryland School of Law. His doctoral work is in health economics and has taken place at UMBC.
In anticipation of Downtown Frederick Partnership’s 25th aniversary in 2015, the organization undertook a strategic planning process in FY14. While Downtown Frederick is highly successful, the Partnership believes that Downtown Frederick holds far greater potential than reached to date. The purpose of the strategic planning process was to identify the critical projects that are necessary to take Downtown Frederick to the next level in the next five years.
The five focus areas of the Strategic Plan include Live Downtown, Work Downtown, Stay Downtown, Play Downtown and Connect Downtown. Of these five, both stakeholder input and Partnership committee feedback point to the critical importance of Live Downtown and the need to place significant energy towards achieving this Strategic Plan goal.
As part of their Live Downtown initiative, the Partnership is working towards a goal of welcoming 335 new residents to Downtown Frederick by 2020. Reusing, adapting and growing the Downtown Frederick building stock is the sustainable path the Partnership plans to take. More residents bring more business, making Downtown Frederick an even better, place to live.
In the efforts towards this goal, the Partnership held a Live Downtown Frederick Housing, Symposium in April 2017. At this symposium, the consultants hired by the Partnership presented a report which documents the impediments to creating more housing in, Downtown Frederick. The report can be viewed on the Partnership’s website.
Since that time, a group of local volunteers organized by the Partnership has been working on developing regulatory changes to assist in increasing the number of housing units in Downtown Frederick. The 2019 Live Downtown Frederick Housing Symposium will be the second of what the Partnership hopes will become an annual symposium focused on downtown housing.