Small Scale Developer Boot Camp - Atlanta

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 -
Atlanta, GA
Event Program

Location: Center for Civic Innovation, 115 Martin Luther King Junior Drive, NW, Atlanta GA 30303

8:00 AM - Registration
8:30 AM - Welcome Introduction to Day
8:45 AM - Small Development Basics
10:45 AM - Break
11:00 AM - Practical Realities for the Small Developer Starting Out

12:00 PM Lunch Provided with Registration

1:30 PM - Pro Formas, Budgets, and Deal Structures
2:30 PM - Asking for Money
3:15 PM - Break
3:30 PM - Straightforward Design for Small Development Projects
4:15 PM - Managing Construction

5:00 – 8:00 PM - Closing Reception - Heavy Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Open Office Hours with John Anderson, Jim Kumon and Bruce Tolar to discuss projects.

Event Speakers

John Anderson

John Anderson started out as an electrician. A job site accident landed him at a drafting table. Moving from the trades to project management on a string of progressively larger projects, in 1989 John joined the developers' staff for the Mall of America. The project exhausted any interest in segregated conventional suburban development.   Managing several infill projects in Minneapolis and St. Paul for a local developer led to an introduction to the Congress for the New Urbanism.

For the past 20 years, John has worked at the pragmatic intersection of design and development.  His development projects at the neighborhood, block and single lot scales combine no nonsense architecture and straight forward construction to create ROI that exceeded the pro formas. He's been to the top, he's been to the bottom and he's happy to share his lessons learned about development for all points between.

He is currently a Principal with Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design and the Managing Partner with Chico Building and Land.

Jim Kumon

​A product of rural southeastern Michigan, Jim Kumon is an urban designer, neighborhood advocate and boot strap business manager. He loved buildings and thus thought getting a degree in architecture at the University of Michigan was the ticket to being a player in the built environment. Turns out, not so much. When he started his professional career Los Angeles, he quickly realized architecture and urban design was at the bottom of development food chain. He luckily learned how to design excellent multi-unit housing, mixed use buildings and layout traditional neighborhoods before the market in California busted.

Jim survived the great recession as the business operations guy at small A/E firms in Denver and Minneapolis, learning cash flow is king. Shifting from drawings to policy agitating, he became Executive Director of the non-profit Strong Towns, the preeminent voice for financially responsible decision making about transportation and land use. He is currently developing training seminars for teaching the how-to of implementing small scale development.

He is working up his small scale developer skills by renovating his 104 year old house, with plans to build a new ADU for rent in his alley facing backyard. As a neighborhood board member and urbanist advocate, Jim has played a role in creating recent policies legalizing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) and largely eliminating parking requirements on properties near high frequency transit lines in Minneapolis.

Event Rates

Early Bird Registration
September 8 - September 19 | $150

September 20 - October 12 | $185


Learn the basics to becoming a Small Scale Developer

This one day workshop will provide technical skills and resources to navigate development financing, zoning and entitlement, site selection and building design in order assemble your own small scale real estate deal. The workshop will also address issues surrounding becoming developer, including making a transition from your day job (or not), risk management, quality of life and basic business setup and contracting methods. Materials will be provided ahead of the workshop for participants to bring their own test case studies and provide an open office hours forum with experts to discuss real project challenges. 

Earn 6.5 CEUs (CNU-A, AIA, and AICP pending).

Event contact: Jim Kumon at