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July has arrived and once again, it seems incomprehensible the first half of the year is behind us.  June marked the introduction of our new hybrid model where all programs going forward will offer both an in-person and remote option.  Admittedly, it is the hope of the board the in-person option will become the primary attendance model for most and the remote option will be for those on the go or for those facing unusual traveling distances to attend.  Repeatedly, we hear from both members and guests that while the quality of the program matters to them, it is secondary to the value of the networking with like-minded professionals. Speaking of like-minded professionals, ...
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May has arrived quickly and starting with our June program, we will be back to meeting in person.  For those not comfortable meeting in person, we are working to make sure we continue with an online option.  We anticipate the online option will continue indefinitely for our many remote members.  Personally, I am looking forward to being back in person, but in a safe environment.  In hearing from many of you, I know you agree with me the “community spirit” of our local chapter is most important to your membership.  We all enjoy the terrific, thought-leading programs and access to resources on both the local and national level, but most important to our members ...
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A message from Jeff LaFavre, our 2021 Chapter President: As a long-standing member of our CoreNet Chapter,  I am honored and excited to be your President for 2021.  On behalf of our award winning chapter, we would like you to know we are thrilled to have you as a member of CoreNet Global’s Midwest (CoreNet) Chapter.  Personally, I have been working in the corporate real estate sector for most of my career and have found CoreNet to be the leading source of best practices and industry contacts.  The organization has been invaluable to me through the Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) education, the local and national programming and the many cherished connections. ...
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On behalf of the CoreNet Global Midwest Chapter, we extend a warm welcome to an exciting New Year.  January may be one of our coldest months but it is also a month of new beginnings, and this is always exciting.  As I write this letter the sun is shining brightly.  I am reminded of the warmth of the many friendships we enjoy as a result of the individual and collective investment of our time in the chapter.  Thank you to each of you for this and we want to encourage those who have stood on the sideline to become more involved in the year ahead.  It is through committee involvement that relationships are best created.  These relationships are the key ingredient ...
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President's Corner

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With my term as President coming to an end, I’m proud that we accomplished our primary goal to increase the overall chapter’s engagement and experience through an exciting year filled with exceptional monthly programs, professional development opportunities, and several networking and community outreach events. A special thanks to our amazing 2019 board members and committee chairs for their leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication to our chapter! I also want to extend my appreciation and gratitude to each one of you – our members and sponsors – for making this year so special! Before I pass the torch to Melissa Jancourt (as your next Chapter President), I want ...
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On May 16, 2019, the CoreNet Community Outreach Committee, in conjunction with representatives from BIOWORLD Merchandizing, provided 22 volunteers at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen, MN to help pack 170 boxes of food that represent over 36,000 meals for people in Nicaragua.   See photos below.
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February 2019 Program Recap

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If you missed it, the February program was a hit! We had Dr. Scott Anderson , Executive Vice President / Chief Economist- Bank of the West as our guest speaker to discuss The Road Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Economy . Here’s a high-level summary of Dr. Anderson’s response to audience Q&A from CoreNet Midwest Chapter members: What would be your policies if you became the first economist to run for President of the United States? Invest in infrastructure and education to increase productivity Need drivers of productivity—education, infrastructure, population New technology / innovation In a response to a Jeff ...
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The CoreNet Global Midwest Chapter's Community Outreach committee traveled to Second Harvest Heartland in Brooklyn Park, MN on November 7.  We had 11 volunteers attend the event.  Thanks to all who participated! If you're interested in participating in further Community Outreach events, please email Jordan Grote. Some opportunities are listed below: - YouthLink Thanksgiving Meal Service- November 21 - Second Annual Best of CoreNet Midwest Awards- December 10- the committee is collecting a variety of items for youth in the area- Click here to see more and register.
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The CoreNet Midwest Chapter Young Leaders sponsored and planned the September program. The program was a Corporate Real Estate Technology Fair in which small groups rotated through four 15 minute presentations. The intent of this program was to familiarize Corporate Real Estate professionals on the latest technology that enables us to forecast, market, and collect information about our spaces and buildings to better serve our clients and occupants. Presentations included: Intelligent Buildings presented by Brad Kult, Technology to measure utilization and activity in the workplace presented by Dera Arnold, Jody Bruce, and Bryon Olsen, Drones in Corporate ...
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Chapter of the Year

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The Midwest Chapter has applied to be recognized as the CoreNet Global Chapter of the Year. Our chapter leadership would like to acknowledge and thank all of our members, sponsors, volunteers, speakers, event attendees, etc-- your involvement in our chapter is essential to accomplishing our goals. If you would like to view the application that highlights the efforts and achievements of our chapter, please click here .
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Integrative Mental Health Center at YouthLink YouthLink (YL) works with homeless youth across the Twin Cities, ages 16‐23, to connect them with a community of resources. Whether it’s basic needs, like a hot shower or a warm meal, assistance with employment or educational goals, accessing mental and physical health resources, or finding supportive housing, YL can help young people at all stages of their journey. YL has partnered with Project for Pride in Living to recently develop 46 housing units for young people experiencing homelessness. The 5‐story structure is connected to YL’s headquarters in downtown Minneapolis, which connects housing, resources, ...
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CoreNet Midwest had its FIRST Annual Awards Gala By: Kelly Link The CoreNet Midwest Awards Gala was on Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Walker Art Center located in Minneapolis. The gala began with a reception including drinks, conversation, and the harmonious Zacc Harris Trio - voted City Pages Best Jazz Artist of 2017.  The reception hall was abuzz, there were 104 people in attendance with a great assortment of CoreNet members, sponsors and community supporters. Jim Damiani was the humorous master of ceremonies who announced this year’s award winners. The cinema was humming with excitement waiting for the winners to be announced. Congratulations ...
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CoreNet Midwest had its Mentorship Kickoff event! The atmosphere was interactive and sociable.  by: Kelly Link The CoreNet Midwest Mentorship Kickoff event was on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Punch Bowl Social in the cozy Holiday Lounge located in St. Louis Park. The event involved fun and interactive networking including games, food, drinks, and great conversations. Some small groups played ping-pong while others indulged in giant Scrabble. This event was all about meeting mentors and fellow mentees to develop professional relationships. There were 16 attendees at the event with 65% being Young Leaders and students! Attendees learned more ...
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The CoreNet Midwest Community Outreach Committee is busy, and there are multiple opportunities for you to participate! Thanksgiving Meal Service & Child Care When : Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 1:00pm-4:00pm Where : YouthLink, 41 North 12th St., Minneapolis, MN 55403 The Thanksgiving Meal Service volunteer opportunity has turned into an annual YouthLink event for CoreNet. We’re looking for 8 volunteers to help serve a nice warm meal to youth in need as well as provide child care! We are also looking for up to 3 volunteers to help with room setup from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. If interested : Contact Rome Poppler ...
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Best of CoreNet Midwest Awards Submissions will now be due October 16, 2017.   Submissions will be accepted for the following awards: CRE of the Year Young Leader of the Year Innovator's Award Volunteer of the Year For submission forms, and more details, please visit: http://midwest.corenetglobal.org/best-of-corenet-midwest The Midwest Chapter Awards Ceremony will be held on December 11, 2017 at the Walker Art Center.  The British Arrow Awards will also be screened, and a cocktail reception held.
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On August 3, 2017, 6 volunteers with the CoreNet Midwest Community Outreach Committee gathered at Second Harvest Heartland in Golden Valley, MN, and sorted and boxed a total of 2,090 pounds of food, which will make 1,075 meals for people in need in our local community.  See below for some pictures from this event.
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First LEED. Now Well. Either way, it’s our job as corporate real estate professionals to always put people first. To understand who is using the workplace and how new users can thrive there. Thrive being the key word and the ultimate outcome. The common denominator is helping people be their best selves while at work. Happier employees. Healthier. More productive. More creative. More inventive. Or all of the above. There’s no shortage of hard-to-measure benefits like these associated with wellbeing in the workplace. However, easier to measure, accepted and understood data like vacancy, turnover, and retention rates relate directly to any design strategy ...
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