We know that people can be “heroic,” but what about entities that cannot speak up for themselves but just as surely have pulled themselves “back from the brink?” I am speaking of towns, cities, urban and suburban areas that have met this and previous recessions head-on and triumphed. When walking through beautiful sections of a city or park, we seldom pay tribute to the people, vision and perserverance that made this possible. We are fortunate today to have a spokesperson for our towns and cities, and that is Kate Coburn. A breaker of “Glass Ceilings” (very first woman President of NYC’s “Young Men’s Real Estate Association) and sought-after speaker and consultant, she delivers a “Master Class” in what it takes to meet today’s challenges and solutions in urban planning and development. About Kate Couborn: Kate Coburn is a partner with HR&A Advisors, an international real estate consulting and advisory firm in NYC. With over 30 years of experience and working in solving real estate challenges in the private sector and public sector across the U.S., Kate deserves her reputation as a “practical visionary.” Kate specializes in downtown revitalization, strategic planning and marketing and leasing of mixed-use urban developments and employs the use of objective market analysis, financial feasibility studies, and “shirt-sleeves” final implementation.