On January 18 -20, over 300 registered attendees convened in Nashville for the first-ever Alpha Real Estate Development Summit. The purpose of the event was to provide information and networking opportunities for individuals and organizations seeking to get involved in real estate for the betterment of minority communities. The summit was arranged and managed by alumni members of Alpha Phi Alpha, which is the nation’s oldest African American collegiate Greek-letter organization. The summit included a wide variety of sessions covering topics such as public private partnerships, various project financing topics (i.e. affordable housing, commercial, hospitality), financing tools (i.e. tax credits), networking and business development basics, and others. Jason Gaines, a Senior Planner building better communities with our Atlanta team, is an alumni member of the fraternity and served as a presenter at one of the summit’s sessions. During his presentation, he spoke on zoning, permitting, and navigating local government processes and procedures— knowledge earned over his twenty years of experience working in the industry.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Alpha Phi Alpha was founded by Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy, who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants.
The Alpha Real Estate Development Summit is part of the fraternity’s signature efforts on voting, education, and more.
For more on the conference, please visit HOME (alpharealestatesummit.com)