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Name: 17th Annual Builders Conference
Date: September 27, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

17th Annual Builders Conference

Moore College of Art & Design
20th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia's Development Climate
How the 10-Year Tax Abatement Shaped the Last 20 Years and What's Next

Since the City of Philadelphia launched the 10-year property tax abatement for new construction and improvements, real estate activity has grown exponentially. While not wholly attributable to the abatement, there is no question that this tax incentive is a significant factor in the city's explosive growth the last 20 years. But the abatement continues to draw fire from opponents and its future is under perennial threat.
At its 17th annual Builders Conference, the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia will examine the abatement's impact to date and its future, including how changes in policy can affect the city's development climate and shift markets.

3:00       Registration, Networking and
            Supplier Showcase
4:00       Welcome 
              James Maransky, President

            BIA of Philadelphia
4:15       Philadelphia's Development Climate

            Opening Remarks: Mayor Jim Kenney

4:30      The 10-Year Tax Abatement and 
              Its Impact on the Local Economy

            Kevin Gillen Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow,
            Lindy Institute, Drexel University and 
            Senior Economic Advisor to Houwzer LLC
             Paul Levy, President and CEO

            Center City District

5:00     Philadelphia's Future Development Climate:
            What's Next?           
              Moderator: Lauren Gilchrist, JLL


 Leo Addimando, Alterra Property Group
 ​Allan Domb, Philadelphia City Council
 Kevin Gillen, Lindy Institute
 Gary Jonas, The HOW Group
 Paul Levy, Center City District    

6:00        Cocktail Reception 

Call for Sponsors!
This year we have moved the event to Moore College of Art & Design where we will once again be in a single, large space with great visibility and access to display tables. Please click the "Register Now" button to review sponsorship levels or click here to download the sponsor form. If you have any questions, please email Marianne at

Select photos from the 2017 conference below or click here to view the full photo album.
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Event Sponsors:
  • Philadelphia Gas Works

Pyramid Sponsor


Moore College of Art & Design
20th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Contact Information:
Marianne Scott
$100 BIA Members
$150 Non-Members

BIA Annual Sponsors, please email Marianne before purchasing tickets.
To sponsor this event, please click the "Register Now" button to view levels.

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