CRE News Hour 7/26/2019

Guests on the 7/26/2019 CRE News Hour are (clockwise from top center): Michael Sanders of Blank Rome; Kevin Havens of Wight & Co.; Maya Gal of Okapi; and Jon Morgan and David Goss from Interra Realty

On this edition of The CRE News Hour,  we’ll go very deep into the tax implications of the federal opportunity zone program with tax lawyer Michael Sanders of Blank Rome; we’ll talk to Jon Morgan and David Goss of Interra Realty about how East Coast money is making its way into projects in the Windy City; we’ll learn about an Israeli artificial intelligence company’s efforts to help the CRE industry analyze big data, and Kevin Havens of design and delivery firm Wight & Company will tell us about how Joliet, Illinois, redeveloped its downtown with an unusual project as the anchor – a new courthouse and legal complex.


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Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, "The CRE News Hour," a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at