Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Fairfield's Power Generated by Potential

Fairfield's Power Generated by Potential
By Ben Antonius | Daily Republic | February 04, 2008

FAIRFIELD - Fairfield will be the next 'growth city' spotlighted in a series of panel discussions sponsored by the East Bay Business Times.

The forum, called the Fairfield Power Breakfast, will be 8-10 a.m. Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn. It will involve moderators and audience members asking questions of a four-member panel, which includes Fairfield Mayor Harry Price and former mayor Gary Falati.

'(Fairfield) is positioning itself as the next premium location for office and industrial space in the Bay Area,' the Business Times stated in a summary of the city. 'Its 12-year supply of industrial land, access to major freeways and proximity to the region's seaports and airports lend credence to the aspirations of this 106,000-person municipality.'

Typically, the majority of the audience is from out of town and attends to learn more about the community's business opportunities, said Business Times Publisher Michael Consol, who will be leading the discussion.

'The point is to educate the East Bay as to what is happening, who are the emerging and turn-around communities in the East Bay and what kind of business opportunities are there,' Consol said.

Previous panel discussions have been held in Pittsburg and San Leandro, Consol said.

Joining Price and Falati on the panel will be Bill Mellerup, vice president of community development for homebuilder Lewis Planned Communities, and Matt Bracco, senior director for the Cushman and Wakefield real estate firm.

In addition to questions from the audience, wide-ranging discussion will touch on 'transportation, the city's effort to create a biotech cluster, the big retail development, we'll be talking about crime and education . . . and the current state of housing,' Consol said.

Registration and pre-payment are required for the event. Tickets are $65, and a table of 10 costs $750.

For more information, call 925-598-1457.

Reach Ben Antonius at 427-6977 or bantonius@dailyrepublic.net.

Fairfield Power Breakfast
Who: City leaders and the East Bay Business Times
What: Panel discussion
When: 8-10 a.m. Thursday
Where: Hilton Garden Inn ballroom, 2200 Gateway Court
Info: 925-598-1457

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