Conference keynote: Big players looking at region

[caption id="attachment_81535" align="alignright" width="224"] Tennis "JT" Wick[/caption]

The North Bay construction community should pay attention to the relatively major players wanting to get involved with significant upcoming land-planning endeavors in the region, according to the county of Sonoma's new top development and permitting overseer and keynote speaker for the Business Journal's Construction Conference later this month.

As the county Permit & Resource Management Department, or PRMD, has been seeking qualifications for companies wanting to get involved with specific plans in the works for the Charles M. Schulz--Sonoma County Airport and the Roseland area of southwest Santa Rosa, the agency has been getting inquiries from a number of sizable companies that have been tracking these sizable land-planning initiatives, according to Tennis Wick, director since November. The department regulates real estate development and construction as well as stewardship of natural resources.

"The trend is that companies that are new to this area are looking for new opportunities and will be following the specific plans and following SMART," Mr. Wick said.

These large partners are even more necessary with the evaporation of redevelopment funds statewide, he said. Therefore, he recommends that the local building industry forge connections with companies vying for large planning projects and transit-oriented developments to get a foot in the door on bidding.

The regulatory landscape for construction and a detailed look at some of the North Bay's major projects will be the focus of the May 21 conference.

Mr. Wick brings to PRMD with him decades of private-and public-sector experience in real estate development. He was a partner and planner in the Petaluma office of CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group in the latter half of the 1990s, then became a principal with Sausalito-based Berg Holdings, responsible for government affairs, site acquisition, design and special projects.

Before working in the private sector, Mr. Wick worked for a decade at Marin County Development Agency, serving as development chief, principal planner, senior planner and planner.

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