Lacy Beasley to provide keynote address at January symposium

Lacy Beasley (submitted photo)

Lacy Beasley (submitted photo)

The Arizona Association for Economic Development will be hosting a retail symposium, “Customer Experience: The New Face of Retail,” on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The symposium is to be from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

At noon, Ms. Beasley, chair of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ state alliance private sector and vice president of business development for Reta Strategies, LLC, will provide the keynote address, “The New Normal in Retail Real Estate Trends – a National Update.”

Other speakers at the symposium will include: Kim Moyers, downtown redevelopment manager for the city of Chandler, and Karl Eberhard, AIA, community design and redevelopment manager for city of Flagstaff, who will address “Creating Experience: The New Face of Retail,”  according to a press release.

Kirsten Hall, business development coordinator for the city of Peoria, will moderate a panel featuring Craig DeMarco, founder of Upward Projects, and Chris Lucidi, principal, Lucidi Distilling Co., who will discuss “Foodie Culture Influences in Downtown Redevelopment.”

There will also be sessions for meeting the retailers and networking opportunities.

The cost of the symposium is $60 for AAED members and $70 for non-members if registered by Dec. 31.  Late registration is $75.

To register, visit  For more information, call AAED at 02-240-2233, or visit

Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance.

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration, the release stated.

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