At a John B. Levy & Company Investors Conference in October, a panel of commercial real estate experts discussed how the Richmond area has experienced slower population growth compared with similar cities such as Raleigh, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn., over the past 20 years, which has restrained demand for commercial and office developments.But the panelists also noted how the region’s geographic location, cost of living and lifestyle could work in its favor.Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter John Reid Blackwell was among the 175 people who attended the conference held at The Jefferson Hotel on October 25.To read Blackwell’s full story on the Richmond Times-Dispatch website, click here.