Native American Construction and Real Estate Development Conference

  Real Estate Long Centered

Are you making the most of your land? At the Native American Construction and Real Estate Development Conference, you will learn how to maximize your land’s potential. Join us October 24th and 25th at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa to hear from experts in the real estate industry as they discuss strategies for developing your most important asset, your land.

What kind of project is best for your tribe? What are some potential roadblocks to development? How will new laws affect you and your tribe? What impact will a project have on your community? Choosing the right project can be an overwhelming task. At the Native American Construction Real Estate Development Conference, you will learn from the experts and network with professionals who are ready to help you achieve your real estate goals.


Who Should Attend:

  • Tribal Leaders
  • Council Members
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Construction Managers
  • Grants Managers
  • Environmental Directors
  • Land Specialists
  • Economic Development Directors
  • Planning Directors
  • Tribal Attorneys
  • Public Works Directors


Event Venue

Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
49500 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, CA 92230
(888) 667-6646 ext 1
(951) 849-3080

Room Block Code: 1022CON
Rate: $119

Special Benefits: $30 free slot play or match play awarded to each room.

To speak with a representative about attending, exhibiting or sponsoring, please call: 201-857-5333

Printable Agenda

    • October 24, 2013
      • 9:00 AM - 10:15 AMPlanning for Prosperity: Making the Best Development Choices for Your LandAs you are looking at your tribe's land and assessing its potential, you may decide to begin an economic development project. Evaluating the makeup of your land and its infrastructure is crucial before starting any new venture. Without the right type of land and a solid road network, water supply, or electrical grid, a project may be doomed from the start. Going into construction with knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of a proposed business, environmental opportunities or threats, and required resources ensures that you and your tribe will reap the most benefits from your new project and avoid surprise obstacles. This panel will feature professionals who will explain the benefits of feasibility studies and preplanning and how they ultimately contribute to the success of your tribe's project

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      • 10:15 AM - 10:45 AMCoffee Refresh/Networking Opportunity/Exhibit Hall
      • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AMThinking Outside the Box: How to Make the Most of Your PropertyWhat will the casino floor of the future look like? What is the most important area of the facility to focus on when looking to modernize? To get returning guests to continue coming, and to continue to attract new clientele of all ages, it is of utmost importance that tribal governments keep their property and facility up-to-date. With that, it is also vital to recognize your clients not only want to a place to play, but to stay. Having a hotel on your casino property increases the value and potential for guests to stay and spend more. This all takes both money and a deep understanding of what influences your consumers. This panel will feature tribes who have recently completed a facility renovation or the opening of a new facility itself. How did they determine that there was untapped potential and what internal hurdles did they have to face and overcome? We will also hear from some of the leading architects and construction companies that worked on these projects, giving you an understanding of the current market and how they manage client expectations.

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      • 11:45 AM - 12:30 PMFinancing Real Estate Projects: Finding the Best Funding for Your Unique ProjectFor tribes who have identified a need for a project and are looking to take the next step, having a solid financial plan is essential. There are several ways that tribes can obtain funding or lessen the overall cost of their project. Tax credits, bonds, loans, and grants are all economic avenues that tribes can take to get a helping hand, but they may come with stipulations. Tribes who already have a successful enterprise may also re-invest their funds and diversify, or even offer their money to other tribes and invest in their ventures. Key economic players and tribal leaders will use their expertise to explain the pros and cons of sources of funding and how to select the best fit for your tribal venture.

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      • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PMThe Benefits of Diversification: Profits, Progress, and Economic TriumphsWhile casinos have proved themselves to be a popular form of tribal business ventures, construction and other projects beyond gaming provide opportunities for economic success as well. Building different facilities for businesses such as retail, golf, construction, agriculture, natural resources, manufacturing, etc. increases the possibility of having more than one lucrative and profitable enterprise. As well, many tribes are now looking into off reservation land and real estate acquisitions as another avenue of growth. Diversifying a tribe’s portfolio is essential to both protecting investments and ensuring that economic growth will not stagnate in one enterprise. In this panel, hear from entrepreneurial tribes who have shown that taking the risk and building more than casinos pays off.

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      • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PMLegislative Update: The HEARTH Act, Land Buy-Back Program, and MoreIn July 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act. This Act gives tribes greater control over their own assets and the power to implement their own land leasing regulations. However, with such a relatively new presence, the HEARTH Act raises many questions for tribes: what is the new process for starting a project? How will this impact future businesses and housing projects? Hear from expert legal minds and tribal leaders who have used the HEARTH act to make their construction projects a reality. We will also learn about other current and crucial legislative developments such as the Land Buy Back Program and how they will impact your tribe now and in the future.

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      • 3:00 PM - 3:15 PMAfternoon Break/Networking Opportunity/Exhibit Hall
      • 3:15 PM - 4:00 PMOvercoming Obstacles: How to Best Approach and Tackle Legal HurdlesDepending on the type of real estate project you choose, different legal stipulations may impact everything from financing to construction. In order to best protect your tribe and its enterprises, keeping yourself up to date and educated about the current legal landscape is crucial. In this panel, hear from legal professionals who will walk us through how to best navigate the legislative restrictions and conditions you may encounter when executing your project.

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      • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMCocktail Reception Sponsored by: The PENTA Building Group
    • October 25, 2013
      • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AMConference Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking Opportunity/Exhibit Hall
      • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AMRisk Management and InsuranceThere are many risks associated with starting a new construction project. Each step of the process has the potential to fail, and it is up to tribes to educate themselves about potential risks and go into new ventures prepared for anything. Issues such as what kind of insurance to get and how to best protect the investment are critical to consider before beginning the process of building. This panel will feature some of the best and brightest industry minds and tribal leaders who will discuss how they dealt with hazards and overcame them to find success.

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      • 9:45 AM - 10:30 AMLand Leasing: A Look at What Has WorkedLand leasing has always been a prevalent use of land in Indian Country and now with the HEARTH Act, tribes can now lease land without BIA approval. Despite these newfound freedoms, many legal intricacies are still in place for tribes. Different regulations and laws exist depending on the location of the land, who you are leasing from, and the purposes for which the land will be used. Key legal players and their tribal counterparts will take us through the process of how they successfully navigated this process and executed their own land leasing project.

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      • 10:30 AM - 10:45 AMCoffee Refresh/Networking Opportunity/Exhibit Hall
      • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AMJob Creation Through Building ProjectsUnemployment has become a tremendous and unavoidable problem in Indian Country. Income and employment on Indian reservations are currently significantly lower than the national average. The Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) has addressed unemployment by enforcing law that ensures Natives have rightful access to employment, and tribes themselves can follow in these footsteps by creating new jobs through construction projects. New ventures benefit tribes not only through creating a new way of making money, but by equipping tribal members with jobs and thus the means for them to spend more money in the tribal economy. Tribes who have created more jobs for their members through construction will address both the social and economic profits they have gained.

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      • 11:30 AM - 11:30 AMConference Adjourns