SMART train, commercial real estate to highlight Impact Marin conference

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The ninth annual Impact Marin conference presented by The Business Journal and Bank of Marin will be held from 7:30 to 10 a.m. March 25 at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael and will focus on the start of commuter rail service and key developments in the region’s commercial real estate market led by the expansions of BioMarin and in health care.

“We are also working on an election-year focus,” said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger. “So stayed tuned. In the meantime, the start of commuter rail service in late 2016 will have a significant impact on Marin employers and transportation. The question is, ‘are we ready?’”

Speakers include: SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian and Matt Brown, president of one of the region’s leading commercial real estate firms, Meridian Commercial. More speakers will be announced.

In addition to Bank of Marin, Marin General Hospital is underwriting the conference.

“The conference is all about Marin moving forward through 2016 and beyond. What will be the impact of SMART? What impact will the tightening commercial real estate market have on business and employment? Growth in the delivery of health care, including the new Marin General Hospital, will also be a driving force.”

On the commercial real estate front, Kaiser Permanente earlier this year completed the purchase of the 148,000-square-foot office building at 1650 Los Gamos Dr. in San Rafael, one of three major major acquisitions in Marin County in 2015.

Other major deals include the county of Marin’s purchase of 1600 Los Gamos Dr. and BioMarin Pharmaceutical’s acquisition of the 405,000-square-foot San Rafael Corporate Center development year for $116.5 million.

Tickets for the conference are $65 per person or $675 for a table of 10. Conference registration is from 7:30 to 8 followed by the program. To register, go to or call 707-521-5264.

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