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MRED program presents inaugural Clemson University Real Estate Summit


Clemson’s Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program is hosting the first-ever Clemson University Real Estate Summit on Thursday, April 18, in downtown Greenville, presented by Choate Construction.

The summit will be held at the Huguenot Loft at the Peace Center from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and will include a keynote presentation from economist K.C. Conway, a panel discussion of industry and government leaders about real estate trends and a networking reception to follow.

Conversation starter

K.C. Conway, founder of KC-nomics and keynote speaker at the Clemson University Real Estate Summit
K.C. Conway

 “We are uniquely suited as a program to be able to bring minds together and start conversations that strengthen the industry, and I’m thrilled that K.C. Conway will be with us to spark the dialogue,” said Dustin Read, director of the MRED program at Clemson.

Conway is the founding principal and owner of KC-nomics, LLC, an independent and privately owned economic forecasting and research firm. Known as the “Orginal Red-Shoe Economist,” he previously co-founded Red Shoe Economics, LLC, and served as Chief Economist for the CCIM Institute. Conway has more than three decades of experience as an economist, teacher, lender, appraiser and credit officer.

The keynote and panel discussions will focus on themes including the state of the national and regional economy, real estate capital market and space market conditions, real estate development opportunities and challenges and the evolution of the build-to-rent housing market.

Industry Partnership

Choate Construction, presenting sponsor of the Clemson Real Estate Summit

Nearly 20 sponsors have stepped up to support the summit, led by presenting sponsor Choate Construction.

“This summit is an idea whose time has come. Our industry partners have shown keen interest and overwhelming support for our event,” Read said.

The summit is supported by featured sponsors CF Evans Construction and SouthCoast; table sponsors Burr & Forman, Homes Urban Development and Metromont; orange sponsors CBRE, Graycliff Capital, Greystar, LS3P, Orange Capital Advisors, Pintail, SeamonWhiteside, Truliant Federal Credit Union and United Community Bank; and in kind sponsors CREW-UPSTATE, Greenville Commercial GGAR, SIOR®-CCIM and ULI-SC.

How to attend

Registration is $50, and attendees can learn more and register at the Clemson University Real Estate Summit’s official website. For additional information, contact Amy Matthews Herrick, MRED Assistant Director of Student Services-MRED Program, at

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