Milwaukee mayor to deliver keynote at Marquette’s 12th annual Real Estate Strategies Conference, May 3

April 26, 2023

Mayor Cavalier JohnsonMILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson will deliver a keynote address, “Milwaukee's Bold Vision: 1 Million Residents,” at the Marquette University Center for Real Estate’s 12th annual Real Estate Strategies Conference, Wednesday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

John Johnson, research fellow in Marquette Law School’s Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, will follow Mayor Johnson with a keynote presentation and discussion, “Growing Milwaukee's Population to 1 Million: Lessons Learned from Peer Cities and Ideas for How It Will Happen.”

Registration is available online and open to the public. Media interested in covering the conference should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at

The two keynotes tie into this year’s conference theme, “We're Building It, Will They Come?” From adaptive reuse to transit-oriented development and public-private partnerships to community engagement and cultural amenities, the conference will focus on the innovative strategies and real-world examples that are transforming Milwaukee, Chicago and beyond, and creating more vibrant and inclusive communities.

Real estate executives will also weigh in during a panel, “We're Building It, Will They Come? A Real Estate Perspective.” Panelists include Ivan Gamboa, senior vice president at Tri City National Bank; Linda Gorens-Levey, partner at General Capital Group; S.R. Mills, CEO at Bear Development; and Kevin Newell, CEO of Royal Capital Group.

Through innovative teaching, research and outreach, the Center for Real Estate aims to deepen commercial real estate knowledge at Marquette, in Milwaukee, across the Midwest and throughout the nation. Marquette’s is the only commercial real estate program offered at a Catholic and Jesuit university, uniquely grounding everything the center does in a solid foundation of business principles, ethics, and an environment that engages students, professionals and academics alike.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or