The presentations were part of this week's Koffee Klub breakfast series with the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.
Tourism, home life and housing sales were the talking points under a “Quality of Life” theme for Tuesday’s Koffee Klub program — and all three speakers forecast bright outlooks for 2018 in their respective areas.
Koffee Klub is a breakfast series hosted by the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, featuring local leaders giving short presentations on a variety of topics.
John Patterson, president and CEO of the Monroe County Convention and Tourism Bureau, started the event with an explanation that record attendance was noted at several community events in 2017. He invited the business leaders to get involved with upcoming activities such as Monroe International Friendship Association’s hosting of a delegation from Monroe’s sister city in Japan.
He plans to invite Frank Beckmann of WJR 760 AM back to Monroe for another golf-themed show honoring Monroe County’s pletheora of golf courses.
One of Monroe’s signature events, the River Raisin Jazz Festival, will be renamed the “Jazz and Heritage Festival” to expand the possibilties for entertainment and tie-ins.
In the meantime, Patterson said he and Richard Micka are working “on an inventory of everything in Monroe County that would be of interest to visitors.” He also is working with The Monroe News to relaunch the Johnnie Tourism series that focused on introductions to the community’s history and resources.
Bart Lydy, president of the Home Builders Association of Monroe County, had a topic that fit in well between tourism and real estate as he explained how Monroe County’s geographic features contribute to an overall-quality of life. “A lot of stuff we take for granted,” he said about easy access to Lake Erie and interstate routes.
“Monroe County is a great place to build a new home,” he said.
At the same time, today’s technology contributes to daily conveniences, lower utility bills and overall a more pleasant atmosphere.
“Homes continue to be, and new homes particularly, continue to be a good value,” he said.
Alan Haynes, president, of Coldwell Banker Haynes Real Estate Inc., was accompanied by Lynda Nickelson, director of training & recruitment/ Realtor for Coldwell Banker, for the last presentation. Haynes referenced the huge swings he witnessed in the real estate market between 2005, which was a peak high, to 2011, which was the lowest.
And the Monroe County market, while slower than some other places in southeast Michigan, is starting to come back. “ We don’t see a lot of foreclosures and short sales,” he said about the current conditions.