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Second annual property manager summit to address crime

Monday, January 10, 2011 | 6:03 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A consortium of landlords, residents, and property managers will gather Thursday to discuss crime as it pertains to property in Columbia.

The second annual Columbia Property Managers Against Crime Summit, which is free and open to the public, will meet 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jan. 13 at Parkade Center, 601 Business Loop 70 W.

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Points of interest will include:

  • Landlord and crime prevention.
  • Public housing crime provisions.
  • Effective screening.
  • Neighborhood dynamics.
  • Evictions.
  • Slumlords.
  • Liability reduction.

This year's goal is to be more resourceful, Parkade Center Asset Manager Ben Gakinya said.

"We plan to have the same attendants as last but with a more targeted message based on their (previous) concerns," Gakinya said. "I don't think there's another place in Columbia that has an event like this. It brings together renters, residents and property managers to sit beside each other and attack problems that they see in their properties together."

Among attending panelists will be CEO Phil Steinhaus of the Columbia Housing Authority; Steve Scott, principal of Scott Law Firm; Matt Nichols, president of Signal 88 Security; Columbia Police Officer Tim Thomason; and Bill Cantin, response coordinator for the Columbia Office of Neighborhood Services. Discussion will be moderated by Columbia Business Times editor David Reed.

Panelists will offer 30-minute discussions followed by a Q-and-A session.


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