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October 2014

Runstad Center Launches Leadership Dinner

New Scholarship

By NWREporter

October 2014

Private developers and public officials will gather in Seattle on Thursday, Oct. 9 to discuss "Seattle at the Crossroads," and to celebrate the career of a long-time industry expert. The banquet at the Seattle Westin is open to the public.

The event, a program of the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, is billed as its first annual Leadership Dinner. The inaugural program will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features a panel of experts who will discuss Seattle's unprecedented growth and how the city, region and state can grow without compromising the area's quality of life.

"The topic will be one of interest to anyone across Washington state," promises Anne DeVoe Lawler, chair of the Advisory Board for the Runstad Center. Using existing information and research, she said speakers will discuss how to envision and plan for continued economic growth "while also addressing the attendant issues that impact our quality of life - such as traffic, infrastructure, affordable housing and housing in general."

Panelists include King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien, and Lisa Picard, executive vice president of Skanska.

Also on the agenda is a tribute to Glenn Crellin, "an economist who got into real estate by accident."  To honor his 22 years of service to the State of Washington, the Runstad Center is establishing the Glenn Crellin Research Scholarship.

In announcing the new scholarship, Lawler said she has served on Glenn's board for the Research Center for more than two decades. "His work has benefitted the real estate and business communities for decades," she remarked, adding, "I've appreciated first-hand Glenn's excellent work and his rapport with the professional community. He will be missed, and it is appropriate that we honor and celebrate him on October 9th."

Crellin worked at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, then moved to the National Association of REALTORS┬« where he served as an economist for 16 years. He moved to Washington State University in 1993 to become director of the Washington Center for Real Estate Research, which was housed at WSU's Pullman campus. In 2012, he relocated to the U.W. campus to become associate director of research at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, where WCRER is now based.  

For banquet reservations, to donate to the Glenn Crellin Research Scholarship, or for information on sponsoring the Leadership Dinner, visit the Runstad Center's website.