June 12, 2012
Recently Lee Mashburn and I attended the Urban Land Institute Spring Meeting in Charlotte, NC. The general tone and banter at the meeting was much more upbeat than in past ULI gatherings. Hopefully, this is an indicator that the economy is inching forward and the real estate community has decided to pick up push forward.
Erskine Bowles was the keynote speaker on Thursday. Mr. Bowles is the current President for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1993, Bowles was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as director of the Small Business Administration, and later was tapped to serve as deputy White House chief of staff (1994-95) and White House chief of staff (1996-98). As chief of staff, he helped negotiate the first balanced budget in a generation. Mr. Bowles hammered home four main issues that had changed since his time as White House Chief of Staff: Healthcare Costs, Defense Spending, the U.S. Tax Code, and Compound Interest.
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