top of page

The 3rd Annual PlaceKeepers Minority Developers Conference:

Better Together

July 27-29, 2023

Thursday @ Metro Technology Center (1900 Springlake Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73111)

Friday @ OSU Discovery Building

(300 NE 9th Street OKC, OK 73104)

Sunday - Meeting @ First Americans Museum (659 American Indian Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73129)

Become a placekeeper (4).png

This 3-day event is designed for developers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. If you are passionate about creating vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods that reflect the diversity of our cities, this conference is for you!


On the first day (7/27), we will kick off the conference with an opening dinner. The dinner will feature a plenary speaker who will set the stage for the discussions to come. This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow attendees and connect with like-minded individuals.


The second day (7/28) is the full conference day. During the conference, we will delve into topics such as affordable housing, community development, and economic empowerment. We will have keynote speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions. Each giving you the chance to engage with experts in the field and share your own experiences.


The third day (7/29) will be a tour of the east side developments. During the tour, you can see firsthand the innovative projects that are transforming communities and meet the people behind them. This will be a great way to gain inspiration and ideas for your own work.

Minority communities across the country are in the midst of a renaissance. To ensure that residents and stakeholders participate in the revitalization of their community, Northeast OKC Renaissance Inc. (NEOKCR) created the PlaceKeepers Minority Developers Conference to bring aspiring and practicing real estate professionals, community developers, placemakers, and grass-roots organizers together for an experience focused on place based, community-led approaches to real estate development in minority communities. the PlaceKeeper’s Minority Real Estate Developer’s Conference. OKC has already seen several completed or under construction TIF projects in addition to MAPS 4 on the horizon. The PlaceKeepers Real Estate Developer's program will fuel community members to be a part of the anticipated developments.

PlaceKeeper's Minority Developer's Conference 2021

Session 1: A NE OKC Renaissance


Dr. Quintin Hughes Sr. - President of NE Oklahoma City Renaissance

Denyvetta Davis - President of the NE OKC Neighborhood Coalition


Dr. Quintin Hughes and Denyvetta Davis open the 2021 PlaceKeepers Minority Developers Conference by discussing priorities, initiatives, and areas of focus for the built environment in NE Oklahoma City.

Session 2: Public Spaces and Development.


Nikki Nice - Councilwoman of Ward 7 in Oklahoma City 


Camal Pennington - Planning Commission Oklahoma City Ward 7

Elizabeth Larios - Project Manager for the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City 

Daisy Muñoz - Capital Access Manager at Progress OKC/MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board


Our esteemed panelists sit down to discuss how public spaces such as schools and parks are affected by development, and each persons role in the process.

Session 3: Live, Work, and Play


Gina Sofola - CEO of Sofola and Associates

DeAndre Martin - Project Manager at the OKC Innovation District

Dr. Quintin Hughes Sr. - President of NE Oklahoma City Renaissance

 The Live, Work, Play panel discusses the jobs coming to the Innovation District, how Page Woodson can support the housing needs of the employment growth, and how the Eastpoint Development can serve as the play for the community with businesses like Kindred Spirits and Spiked Coffee.

Session 4: Women in Development


Valerie McMurry - Co Founder of Ground Root Development

Ashley Terry - Vice President of Development at Wheeler District

Gina Sofola - CEO of Sofola and Associates

This panel sits down to discuss the challenges they have had to overcome as women in development.

Session 5: Construction, Finance, and Design


Reeve Tarron - Senior Vice President at Legacy Bank

John Day - CEO of First Security Bank

Franklin Wheeler - President at Franklin.Build

Jorge Charneco - Managing Principal at Miles Architecture


This panel discusses the relationship and process of engaging a General Contractor, Architect, and Lender.

bottom of page