Alabama Real Estate Huddles This Month

The Alabama Center for Real Estate has launched a new website, increased its social media presence and has entered into a digital content agreement but in 2016, it wants to go yet higher. ACRE’s 16th Annual Alabama Commercial Real Estate Conference & Expo, Jan. 29 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham, will be themed “Higher” due to growth expected within the real estate industry.

As part of marking its 20th year, ACRE has built up its emphasis on digital content and partners. While it keeps its longstanding and successful relationship with Alabama Media Group, the center has broadened its reach through a new content agreement with Alabama Power’s Alabama News Center website. 

“With the support and transformational leadership from our ACRE Corporate Cabinet, we are boldly entering a new digital age at ACRE, ” said ACRE Executive Director Grayson Glaze. 

At the end of this month, hundreds of Alabama’s real estate industry leaders will converge on the Cahaba Grand for ACREcon. Attendees will not only get a first-hand look at how the latest trends are changing the real estate industry as a whole, but also how those trends are transforming the state’s real estate center. 

New recruiting initiatives from the state’s top economic developers are making the Yellowhammer state as attractive to companies like Google as it is to Mercedes-Benz. Greg Knighton, vice president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, will highlight those efforts during his lunch keynote address. 

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As for the residential real estate community, ACRE Education Director Jim Lawrence teaches more than 20 approved continuing education courses. Lawrence was recently recognized as the Alabama Association of Realtors 2015 Harriet Isaacson Excellence in Education award winner. 

Other ACREcon speakers include Chris Lee, who will deliver the morning keynote, “2016 National & Alabama Commercial Real Estate Outlook, ” and Lauren Wallace, who will kick off the afternoon session with “Introducing the new ‘WELL’ High Performance Building Standard.”

David Skinner, of David C. Skinner LLC, will follow with “Uncle Sam as a Business Partner” and Debbie Phillips will wrap up the afternoon with “Building Your Brand: Becoming a Person of Influence.” For more information on the conference, visit

Text by Dave Helms

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