Presentations & Events

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) | 31st Annual Conference

The NALEO 31st Annual Conference is unlike any other professional development gathering for elected and appointed officials. It presents a unique opportunity for Latino policymakers to meet with their colleagues from all levels of government to address the challenges and opportunities facing our communities and our nation. The NALEO Annual Conference provides a venue for the meaningful exchange of ideas and solutions to today’s most pressing policy issues.

Larry Kosmont, President and CEO of Kosmont Companies, gave a presentation on the subject of “New Economic Development Tools and Strategies” on the morning of 6-27-2014 in hopes of providing elected and appointed officials with valuable information that they can apply to their cities and communities in order to spark economic development projects in the face of redevelopment dissolution.

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California Downtown Association Presentation

On May 18th, 2014, Matt Goulet, a vice president with Kosmont Companies, spoke to a group representing Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) from across the USA.  Topics included economic and demographic trends in retail as well as tools for financing and developing infill retail projects without Redevelopment.


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New Tools for Economic Development – SCAG – Community, Economic & Human Development Committee Meeting

About SCAG:

Founded in 1965, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. Under federal law, SCAG is designated as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and under state law as a Regional Transportation Planning Agency and a Council of Governments.

The Seminar Group | Public/Private Finance and Development

This conference is composed of experts who have addressed the range of both legal and practical issues involved in public/private transactions aimed at leveraging and preserving public assets, using a range of legislation, mediation, negotiation, litigation, financing, and contracting tools. The faculty discussed an array of public/private projects and models in California (including private activity bond funding, co-location of public and private facilities, the use of quasi-public and non-profit entities, privatization of public functions, public-public spin-offs and joint ventures.) In an era of ever-tightening public budgets and limited credit, both the public and private sector representatives were asked to address critical civic challenges – their interactions took many forms. The projects discussed are difficult, complicated and often controversial; the program’s experts shared lessons learned and potential solutions.

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The Seminar Group Kosmont Presentation Vf 3-21-2014

ICSC Retail Leasing Symposium

In a time where we have lost Redevelopment Agencies, Enterprise Zones and Tax Increment Financing, cities are searching for innovative and effective solutions to produce economic development projects. How can local governments effectively incentivize private investment, create jobs and help stabilize the tax base in a non-TIF era?

Fred Bruning, CEO of CenterCal Properties, LLC in El Segundo CA, and Larry Kosmont, President & CEO of Kosmont Companies in Los Angeles, CA, will explore how you can use real estate, special districts, zoning, and existing tax and revenue streams to “stitch together” the economic development projects that can make a tangible difference to cities, services, and constituents.

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City of Duarte – New Tools for Economic Development

Larry Kosmont will discuss ways that California’s cities can find hope after redevelopment, discussing which new existing tools could be used to put people back to work.  With the end of RDA, there is a need to develop a process by which local government can create jobs and put into place development that boosts the local economy.

California Capital Summit – Outlook & Opportunities in Real Estate for 2014 and Beyond

On January 17th from 7:30AM – 9:00AM, Larry Kosmont was part of a panel discussion focusing on the outlook and opportunities in real estate for 2014 and beyond. The speakers on the panel included, real estate lawyer, Timi Hallem, from Manatt; and Steve Bram, the president of George Smith’s partners, commercial lenders.

SCDF: California Real Estate Opportunities in 2014 “The Avengers vs. The Expendables”

Last year’s real estate market came back Fast and Furious. But was it too fast to last? The 2014 lineup of releases could be anyone’s guess. Fortunately, our industry experts have been snooping around closed sets all over town to help you answer such questions as:

  •  Did housing come back due to the fundamentals of Gravity, or just Paranormal Activity by investors?
  • Will the box office hits of big box and big office give way to fulfillment centers and creative space?
  • Are cities going to continue playing Hunger Games of raising taxes or will Jobs top the chart?
  • Did the bills the Governor signed in 2013 show that he is the Iron Man for Jobs or “show me the money” Jerry Maguire?
  • Will California’s business friendliness be a Scary Movie sequel? Or will jobs be Lost in Vegas?
  • Will Downtown LA become the City’s mecca for restaurants and nightlife? Will we ever get a football stadium? How will Kobe Bryant spend his $48 million contract?

And of course, the perennial favorite, “What’s Hot and What’s Not” in LA this year.

Larry Kosmont
President & CEO
Kosmont Companies

Urban Land Institute – OC/IE – Stitching Together Strategies for Real Estate Development in a Post-Redevelopment World

With the elimination of RDAs, the implementation of economic development projects and programs has become more complicated and time consuming. Though it isn’t impossible, it will take a certain understanding of the red tape, specific tools to be utilized and a concerted team effort to achieve success. The Panel will discuss what’s left over as tools, specifically, in the areas of finance district creation, fee enhancements, and the liberalization of land use regulations which can be used to spur economic development in the core areas of cities.

The Panel will consist of professionals that are well versed in the means of implementing projects within the new post-redevelopment landscape. Larry J. Kosmont CRE, President and CEO of Kosmont Companies will serve as the Moderator for the Panel and offer his insight to the ever-changing strategies in this area of real estate development.

The Panel will consist of:
John Lambeth, President of Civitas

Don Hunt. Partner and Head of the Los Angeles Public Law and Administration Group of
Fulbright & Jaworski, a Member of Norton Rose Fulbright

Seth Merewitz,  Partnerin the Municipal Law practice group and heads the Public-Private
Partnership/Joint Venture group at Best Best & Krieger LLP

2013 CDFA California Financing Roundtable Conference

CDFA and CALED hosted the first-ever California Financing Roundtable Conference on November 14, 2013, focusing on “Advancing Development Finance in the Golden State”. This one-day event featured a number of economic development finance experts  including VP of Finance at Kosmont Companies, Dan Massiello,  and leaders from around the state discussing new development finance tools, resources, authorities, and approaches and how these methods can move California’s economy forward. Topics  discussed included bonds, redevelopment, loan funds, innovation capital, tax credits, federal funding and much more.

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