Rolling up our Sleeves in 2018

We are excited to highlight RSG’s commitment to improving surrounding cities through our participation in a variety of professional organizations.  From positions of leadership to committee membership, RSG continues to find new ways to impart its insight and passion for helping and improving communities across California. 

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) -  RSG Principal Jim Simon serves as a committee member on CALED’s Legislative Action Committee and Tax Increment Financing Technical Committee.  Through his involvement with both committees, Jim has been instrumental in the drafting of proposed legislation in 2018 that may streamline and reduce costs for formation of enhanced infrastructure financing districts (EIFDs).  RSG Senior Associate Suzy Kim also serves as a member of CALED’s Tax Increment Financing Technical Committee.

San Diego Housing Federation (SDHF) – RSG Principal Tara Matthews has recently been appointed to the San Diego Housing Federation Policy Committee.  Through her contribution of leadership to the organization, Tara will be helping in the development and implementation of policies that cover a variety of topics from affordable housing in San Diego to local and state legislation.

Urban Land Institute (ULI) – RSG Principal Hitta Mosesman currently serves on ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Council as a committee member.  Through her work with the organization, Hitta helps to further the organization’s overall mission of creating a path for the advancement of women in the real estate industry.  RSG Associate Dima Galkin is a member of ULI’s Public Realm Initiative Council, which aims to provide insight to all ULI members on best practices, case studies and innovations taking place within the industry. 

RSG Senior Analyst Brett Poirier serves as a member of ULI’s Young Leaders Group which looks to cultivate the use of ethical development practices and responsible land use in the industry’s up and coming leaders.  Brett is also a committee member of ULI’s Technical Assistance Panel, which performs outreach services through members volunteering their time to help address community land use issues.

Out and About

February 20-23rd - RSG will be continuing their presence this year at the annual CSMFO Conference being held in Riverside, California.  Hitta Mosesman, Principal, will be participating in a panel titled “Cannabis – Is it a solution to your General Fund Deficit?”  She, along with fellow panelists, will help shed some much-needed light on the decision for cities to utilize the recent law passage permitting the sale, cultivation and manufacturing of recreational cannabis to help subsidize funding for general fund budget deficits.  RSG will also host a booth in Exhibit Hall D where those interested can inquire about the various product and service lines we offer.

March 7-9th - RSG will be an exhibitor at the upcoming annual Housing California Conference in Sacramento, CA.  As a leader in the affordable housing industry, RSG looks forward to joining others at this event where industry leaders work together to make a collective positive impact in the housing industry.  Tara Matthews, Principal along with Greg Smith will be attending the conference and would love for you to stop by our exhibit to talk “housing”.

March 14-16th - RSG will be participating in CALED’s 38th Annual Training Conference held in Monterey, California as both a presenter and exhibitor.   The conference provides a collaborative space where leaders from California’s economic development industry can come together to network and learn new industry tools.  Jim Simon, Principal and CALED committee member will take part in a discussion titled “Do We Have Redevelopment Back?” in which the panel will discuss the tools available to economic developers on real estate projects and what lies ahead.    RSG’s Suzy Kim and Dominique Clark will also be present at our exhibit to discuss RSG’s strong presence in the Economic Development Industry as well as the products and services we offer. 

RSG Congratulates The Good Beer Company on their 1-year Anniversary


It is no secret that RSG’s office setting is extremely unique, with us sharing space with The Good Beer Company. The story goes…a few years ago RSG found itself with the entire 1st floor of this beautiful historic building in downtown Santa Ana available for a re-purposing. A former employee thought this was an opportunity to pursue his passion for community building and making good beer, and so turned an idea into a full-fledged business.

The Good Beer Company is a place to come and enjoy a cold brew after a hard day’s work. Brandon Fender and his wife, Robyn Spevacek have turned the 1st floor of a 3-story office into the perfect brewing laboratory by adding a 15-barrel copper-clad brewhouse, four stainless steel fermenters, and a small tasting room. At exactly 5:00pm, Wednesday through Friday, RSG staff is pleasantly reminded of the day’s end by the sound of music filtering up to the 3rd floor and the jovial clanking of beer glasses. Once inside the historic building, you are graciously greeted by a brewmaster and immediately drawn to the big brew equipment and the open layout. Brandon and Robyn constantly experiment with different ingredients for what they call "dry-hopped variations, aging in oak barrels, and hybridized styles".

Whenever a new batch of brew is ready, Brandon and Robyn have a release event for their new beers and you can feel the energy all the way up to the top floor. I have left work on a few occasions only to be met by a huge line of people waiting for their newest GBC Bottle. Excited beer aficionados waiting for the latest of what they describe as a hoppy Pacific Coast American-style beer and/or fruity yeast-driven farmhouse style beer.

If you wish to participate in The Good Beer Company’s 1-Year Anniversary Celebration, it will be today, Friday, October 30, 2015 around 5:00pm. RSG would like to congratulate The Good Beer Company on their first year of business and, most importantly, their lifetime commitment to community!

Written by Erin Woodmas, Business Office Coordinator at RSG

Jim Draughon Retires from RSG

RSG is proud to announce that our long-time Director, Jim Draughon, retired on June 25th. Jim is a real estate and affordable housing specialist with over 30 years of experience in the field of housing development and financing. He worked at RSG for over 9 years, dedicating almost a decade of service to the company and its mission of helping communities grow and improve.

Jim, an artist in his spare time, brought the same passionate resolve he uses in his artwork into the office. Though a man of few words, when he talked about his projects, his determination to help his clients and the communities they serve radiated throughout the room and inspired us all to strive for the same goals.

True to his commitment, Jim made sure that RSG could fill the large void left in his wake with industry experts already on staff, trained by Jim himself. However, he will be missed as the quiet yet passionate sage and mentor to the team.

Jim Draughon was a titan in the industry and a valuable teacher to us all. He will be sorely missed, but we wish him only the best as he ventures forth into a well-earned retirement!

Written by Michael Dietz, a Research Assistant at RSG.