Areas of expertise: Public/Private Partnerships (P3); Request for Proposals (RFP); Contract Negotiation; Document Review; Town & Gown; Financial Analysis & Modeling; and Project Feasibility Analysis.
For nearly two decades, Neil Calfee has demonstrated expertise and experience in the cultivation and management of complex development projects, involving partnerships between one or more government entities and the private sector. Whether located downtown or the heart of campus, these projects have dramatically changed their environments and served as catalysts for new growth and revitalization within the community. Neil is currently the Principal of the Calfee Group, and was previously the Director of Real Estate Development for Arizona State University (ASU). He also served as the City of Tempe’s Redevelopment and Revitalization Manager.
Throughout his career, Neil has served as project lead and advisor for a diverse range of projects including the creation and negotiation of public/private partnerships, municipal government coordination, deal structure analysis, and on-campus planning and design issues. His unique blend of skills spanning higher education, municipal government and private sector development has led him to partner with Coakley & Colleagues, and form his own company to tackle a diverse range of issues for clients across the United States.
At ASU, Neil was involved in the creation of new public/private partnerships which resulted in the development of more than 2,000 beds of student housing across three separate campuses, plus the development of two dining facilities through those same partnerships. He was project lead on ASU’s efforts to successfully attract a 2-million square foot regional headquarters for State Farm Insurance on ASU-owned property. Neil was also instrumental in forging numerous successful P3s. allowing ASU to repurpose several underperforming assets which benefitted the university as well as the surrounding community.
As a result of his experience at the municipal level, Neil is frequently called upon to mediate town and gown issues which invariably arise with urban campuses. Prior to his tenure at ASU, Neil spent 12 years with the City of Tempe, leading redevelopment and revitalization efforts for the city. During this time Neil created and managed numerous large-scale public/private partnerships within the city and worked on a wide range of issues including brownfield redevelopment, urban revitalization, neighborhood economic development, affordable housing and historic preservation.
Neil serves on many municipal boards and trade groups dealing with economic development, corporate real estate and affordable housing.
Neil received a Bachelor of Science degree in urban planning and an MBA, both from Arizona State University.