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September Dinner Program

September 19, 2017
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Hacienda del Sol
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718
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(Re)designing Downtown:
The Revitalization and Future of Downtown Tucson

Visiting vibrant, energized downtowns like San Francisco, Denver and San Diego, we often forget the long road these centers have traveled – cycles of decline and revitalization – to become emblematic of the cities that surround them.  Healthy downtowns are centers of commerce, social interaction and civic pride which anchor their communities – and they don’t happen by accident or overnight.

Join FEAT and Mark Irvin, Vice Chair of Rio Nuevo, for an interactive discussion about the road Tucson’s downtown has traveled, and where it is going in the future.  Mark and Rio Nuevo have spearheaded initiatives to attract Tucson’s first professional hockey team – the Tucson Roadrunners – as well as it’s first NCAA bowl game in over 16 years.

Mark’s presentation will discuss the current and future development projects as they relate to the local economy and the continued growth of a unique, distinct and vibrant Tucson.

About our speaker: 

Mark Irvin has been involved in the commercial real estate industry for most of his adult life.  He has over 35 years of commercial real estate experience in consulting, development and brokerage.  He has been involved in commercial real estate in Tucson since 1983 and moved there full-time in 1986.  Mark was one of the original founding partners for PICOR but left in early 1995 to create his own firm that focuses its efforts exclusively in office, medical and investment real estate.

Mark holds professional designations as both a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and as an Office Specialist with the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).  In fact, he is the only office and medical specialist in Southern Arizona to hold both distinguished designations.  He has been licensed in the state of Arizona as a Real Estate Broker since 1989.

Mark is very active in the community and serves a leadership role as:

  • Rio Nuevo Multi-facilities District, serving as its Vice Chair/Secretary since he was appointed by the Speaker of the House in 2013. The District is responsible for downtown redevelopment.
  • Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Honorary Commander.  Mark has held this position since 2010.  He works with Base leadership in promoting the Base’s interests in the Tucson Community.
  • Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Board Member.  Mark has been a member for many years and was named to the Chamber Board in 2015.  His focus is job creation.
  • The Rotary Club of Tucson, where he is a past director and has been a member since 1993.
  • The Tucson Breakfast Club member since 2012.  This, by invitation only, consists of key movers and shakers in Tucson that are focused on educating members on issues impacting Tucson.
  • BSD Winers and Diners member since 2007.  Mark founded this men’s group and has lead it since its creation.  It is made of community leaders with a strong desire to help the families at Davis Monthan Air Force base.  Since it was created, the group has assisted over 100 families at the Base during the holidays.
  • Arizona Bowl.  Mark was one of the Founders of the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.  This was the last of the NCAA Football Bowl awarded in 2014.  He sits on the Executive Board and focuses his effort on the military and non-profit engagement.  This event has a $30M impact on the local economy.

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Entrée Selection Options:

Salad: Berry salad with fresh berries, goat cheese, candied walnuts, and orange white balsamic vinaigrette.

  • Beef: Chipotle and Lime BBQ glazed NY Strip Steak. Southwest Cauliflower Grits, Grilled Asparagus, and Confit Tomatoes. Tobacco Onions.
  • Fish: Chipotle and Lime BBQ glazed Grilled Salmon. Southwest Cauliflower Grits, Grilled Asparagus and Confit Tomatoes. Tobacco Onions.
  • Vegan: BBQ glazed Tofu, Grilled Asparagus. Southwest Cauliflower Grits and Confit Tomatoes.

Pre-paid reservations are requested by 5 pm on 9/12/17 to provide our venue with a guarantee. Cancellations will be accepted until this date and time, with credit applied toward a future FEAT event. Cancellations and credits are not available after 5 pm on 9/12/17. Late reservations will be accepted online until 5 pm on 9/18/17 with no option for cancellation or credit. Thank you.

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$50.00 Member Reservation

$60.00 Non-Member Registration