Monthly Archives: November 2017

Recap: 2nd Annual Shark Tank!

This past Tuesday November 14 at Pennovation, ULI Philadelphia held its second annual “Shark Tank” event , where local real estate development entrepreneurs (aka “bait”) presented their local development projects to an esteemed, experienced panel of “shark” investors and financiers. These sharks included: Tony Rimikis, retired Senior VP for Urban Development at Brandywine Realty Trust and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Drexel University Mark Callazzo, CEO of Alpha Funding Solutions Melissa Govette, Relationship Manager for Commercial Real Estate at M&T Bank Stephen Mullin, President of Econsult Solutions John Westrum, Founder, Chairman … Read More

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Recap: Inside The Urbanist’s Studio

On Thursday November 9th, ULI Philadelphia convened a discussion between two powerful public space advocates, Carol Coletta and Kathryn Ott Lovell, for what was an enjoyable lunch of cerebral exchanges. Kathryn Ott Lovell recounted challenges she encountered while transitioning from the nonprofit sector as Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, to government appointment in her current role as the Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. The stimulating, engaging and often hilarious conversation gave attendees access to the wealth of commanding experience and authority around urban spaces that earned Carol Coletta a place on the list … Read More

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Allentown Awarded 2017 ULI Global Award for Excellence

For decades, the Urban Land Institute has set the standard in recognizing outstanding real estate development projects, related programs, and visionaries in urban development.  ULI recognizes a wide range of project types, sizes, and initiatives in its award programs—from housing to commercial and mixed-use development and new communities, from open spaces to policy initiatives, and both profit and nonprofit. ULI Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design—although these elements play an important role in the overall project. ULI is pleased to … Read More

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Takeaways from the ULI Fall Meeting 2017 in Los Angeles

You don’t know what you don’t know,” asserted The Kresge Foundation’s Carol Coletta at a recent ULI event in Philadelphia. A few weeks prior as a ULI Fall Meeting panel moderator, she posed questions to show a national crowd what they may not know about homelessness on the west coast. In Los Angeles, this year’s Fall Meeting was filled with surprising discoveries. Similar Challenges, New Insights Affordability housing, the death of brick-and-mortar retail, homelessness, equity, blight, brain-drain, gender gap. We confront these challenges most often in our confined region. The … Read More

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Keep pushing, HQ2 or no HQ2

The article below appeared in the Philadelphia Business Journal on November 9, 2017, authored by ULI PHL’s Executive Director, Laura Slutsky along with Josh Sevin, acting Executive Director at the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and Linda Conlin, President of the World Trade Council of Greater Philadelphia.   The bids are in and the six-week sprint that led up to Amazon HQ2 proposals being submitted by communities from across our region has shined a welcome spotlight on Greater Philadelphia as a business location of choice. The proposals coming out of … Read More

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Recap and Resources from the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting

A couple of weeks ago Los Angeles, California welcomed nearly 7,000 of the world’s foremost leaders – including over 60 ULI Philadelphia members – in the real estate and land use industry for the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting. From October 23-26 members toured notable developments, presented innovative projects, and shared lessons learned and best practices. A robust schedule included sessions focused on equitable development, technology and transportation, urbanization, affordable housing, healthy communities, historic preservation and more. Key Takeaways Equitable development was at the forefront of numerous conversations. Presenters discussed how … Read More

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ULI PHL Signs as Community Partner in Philadelphia 2030 District

On October 26, 2017 the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) announced the launch of the Philadelphia 2030 District and the ULI Philadelphia District Council has signed on as a community partner. Led by DVGBC, the 2030 District is a public-private partnership that brings together property owners and managers, utilities and energy service companies, and community organizations to pledge to achieve a 50 percent reduction in energy and water use and transportation emissions by the year 2030. The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability and Philadelphia Energy Authority are supporting … Read More

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Meet the ULI PHL Staff: Bridget Donovan

As an Associate at ULI Philadelphia, Bridget oversees the newly updated Programs Committee, Forecast and Capital Markets Committee, Awards Committee, Management Committees, Sponsorship, and the South Jersey Regional Council. Bridget joined ULI Philadelphia by way of ULI’s Global Headquarters. At ULI Global, Bridget worked with the District & National Councils team to communicate and collaborate with all councils, nationally and internationally, to collect and share information on content and programming. The District Council network is one of the most valuable assets ULI has to offer, and the District Council team … Read More

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Meet the Sharks: John Westrum

On November 14th, ULI Philadelphia Young Leaders will host the second annual Shark Tank.  We asked John Westrum to share some insights and why he is excited to return to the panel. ULI: What do you look forward most about this year’s Shark Tank event?  As a repeat shark, I am interested in hearing  about the deals presented this year versus last year. There have been changes in the marketplace over the last 12 months and some of the proposed projects that are going to be discussed this year are  higher profile projects … Read More

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Meet the Sharks: Stephen Mullin

On November 14th, ULI Philadelphia Young Leaders will host the second annual Shark Tank.  We asked Stephen Mullin to share some insights and why he is excited to return to the panel. ULI: What do you look forward most about this year’s Shark Tank event? The opportunity to review and hear about interesting real estate development projects being considered in Philadelphia. ULI: What are some of the driving factors that are affecting the Philadelphia real estate market today? The attractiveness of Philadelphia to various groups. Population growth through immigration and diminishing net domestic … Read More

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