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“Real Estate Doctors Offer Prescriptions for a Better Philly”


“If you were king for a day, what would you change about the way the city operates?” That question, posed to a panel of local real estate leaders at the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia’s annual “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” event at the Union League on November 22, produced the most interesting responses from the panel discussion, according to Sandy Smith, real estate blogger and attendee at this year’s conference. The four panelists – Daniel M. DiLella, president and CEO of Equus Capital Partners; William P. Hankowsky, president and CEO of Liberty Property … Read More

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Who are the top women in real estate?

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In her latest article for Fortune Magazine, editor Leigh Gallagher reflects on her interview with Marilyn Jordan Taylor at ULI Philadelphia’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Council held on November 5, 2014. Fortune’s resident real estate expert says readers should keep their eyes on the industry’s rising crop of successful women. Read more here.

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Conversation with Leigh Gallagher

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On November 5, the ULI Philadelphia Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted a terrific discussion with Fortune Magazine editor, author and MSNBC contributor Leigh Gallagher and Penn School of Design Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor.  The conversation focused on the latest trends in journalism, key facets of leadership, and of course, an in depth Q&A about Leigh’s new book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving. In a recent interview with Urban Land Magazine, Gallagher that the suburbs are suffering because of changing demographic trends, rising crime in the suburbs and a general … Read More

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Woolwich Township looks toward Regional Center


  At the request of Woolwich Township, Urban Land Institute Philadelphia, the tri-state District Council of the global non-profit Urban Land Institute, conducted a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to study opportunities and challenges surrounding the development of the Woolwich Township Regional Center.  The report offers recommendations to reconfigure the existing center into three core areas of mixed-use, industrial and low impact rural/institutional zones; developing a trail system to leverage natural resources and rethinking design guidelines to make the center more walkable and accessible for both pedestrians and vehicles. Exit 2 of the … Read More

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ULI Philadelphia Awarded 2014 Urban Innovation Grant for Lancaster; Global Awards won by projects in Philadelphia and Bethlehem


Philadelphia, PA- October 29, 2014 – Urban Land Institute Philadelphia (ULI Philadelphia),the tri-state District Council of the global non-profit Urban Land Institute, was honored with three major awards at this year’s ULI Fall Meeting, held October 21-23 in New York. ULI Philadelphia was one of just 16 recipients of this year’s Urban Innovation Grant, which supports ULI District Council and National Council projects that recognize or launch innovative public/private partnerships and advance the responsible use of land in building healthy, thriving communities worldwide. The $20,000 grant will help launch Lancaster, … Read More

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Brian Abernathy of ULI Philadelphia Named 40 Under 40


The Urban Land 40 Under 40 represent the best young land use professionals from around the globe, as selected by members of the Urban Land Institute. At the intersection of real estate development and public policy, Brian Abernathy is making a difference as executive director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, which focuses on planning and developing balanced mixed-use communities to create thriving, well-served neighborhoods. It is the primary agency that underwrites the city’s affordable housing projects while managing part of the city’s real estate portfolio and partnering with public and … Read More

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SteelStacks Awarded 2014 ULI Global Award for Excellence


  Widely recognized as the real estate development industry’s most prestigious honor, the award was announced on October 22 at the ULI Fall Meeting in New York. “WRT is honored to have had a central role in the transformation of SteelStacks and is grateful to the Redevelopment Authority and Tony Hanna for his vision and leadership that helped make this project a reality,” said Antonio Fiol-Silva, FAIA, Principal at WRT and ULI Philadelphia member. “This was truly an integrated effort, culling not only all of WRT’s top planners, architects and … Read More

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Philadelphia Energy Benchmarking: Announcing the Energy Reduction Race


On October 16, the City of Philadelphia launched the Energy Reduction Race, a one-year challenge to buildings like yours to reduce energy 5% over the next year. Cash prizes of $5,000 will be awarded in three separate categories to winning buildings, and all participants will receive no-cost building operator training and recognition for participating in the Race. There are no fees or additional requirements associated with signing up! Registration runs through October 31st, so sign up today by clicking below or visiting http://www.phillybuildingbenchmarking.com/competition. Tuesday also marked the release of the Year … Read More

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Administrative Assistant job opportunity

Administrative Assistant sought to support ULI Philadelphia. Ideal candidate: courteous, highly organized, energetic and self-driven professional able to multitask effectively, and enjoy working independently in a fast-paced environment. At least two years’ professional experience required, proficiency in Microsoft Office and ability to learn proprietary software. Send resume to susan.baltake@uli.org

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Spotlight: Becky Bradley

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As part of our ongoing leadership series, ULI Philadelphia sat down with Becky Bradley, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.  Becky was recently appointed Co-Chair of ULI Philadelphia’s Lehigh Valley Regional Satellite Council. What’s happening in the Lehigh Valley that other ULI members should know about?   I have to say our Council is awesome.  It’s great to learn about what people are doing in their professional lives and how we can all work together to solve regional problems. Tell us a little about your organization, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.   We … Read More

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