Author Archives: Abby Rambo

The ULI National Product Council Program is Expanding in 2018.

The ULI National Organization is excited to announce the creation of ten new National Product Councils! This thoughtful expansion reflects both member demand and feedback. Product Council members have long shared the significant impact the program has had in their lives, both professionally and personally. ULI is expanding the program on topics with the greatest demand, both existing and new. ULI’s National Product Council Program provides a platform for Full Members to connect with one another around specific industry topics and product types. Meeting twice a year at the Spring and … 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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Key Takeaways From The Housing Affordability Question

On Wednesday Morning, October 11th, ULI Philadelphia convened private and public sector real-estate practitioners to discuss housing affordability in the City of Philadelphia. Kevin Gillen, Senior Research Fellow at Drexel’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, opened the discussion with an overview of the metrics he employs to describe real estate trends in the City’s housing market (his reports are published quarterly by the Lindy Institute). Gillen’s analysis focused on conventional measures of housing affordability: the proportion of market rate units that City residents at median income can afford without experiencing … Read More

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Advise on a Technical Assistance Panel

We are seeking ULI members to serve as panelists on three upcoming Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs)!   Winter 2018 TAP Opportunities  The North District Station TAP will examine the redevelopment of a true inter-modal mass transit urban site in Philadelphia. The TAPs Council is in search of transportation planners, economic development analysts, architects and community development professionals to participate in the next TAP on January 4 – 5, 2018. The North District Station TAP will explore possibilities for market-supported redevelopment surrounding the North Philadelphia Rail Station on North Broad Street and how … Read More

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10 Minutes: A Short Walk to a Park, a Giant Step to Transform America’s Cities

Nation’s Mayors Launch Groundbreaking 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign On October 10th,  Mayor Kenney and 133 of the nation’s most influential mayors joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching an historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign, establishing the ambitious goal that all Americans should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space. This bipartisan group includes mayors from all across the country and represents cities large and small, including America’s four largest cities … Read More

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October 3rd: Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force Meeting

Mayor Kenney created a historic preservation task force to help the City reassess how Philadelphia preserves its historic resources. The task force will explore strategies and make recommendations regarding: • Surveying historic resources • Incentivizing preservation • Regulating for preservation outcomes • Education The task force includes experts in historic preservation, development, archaeology, land use and architecture. It also includes community members to ensure that our neighborhoods are represented. The next meeting of the Historic Preservation Task Force is scheduled for: October 3, 2017 6pm-7:30pm Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market … Read More

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ULI Philadelphia is seeking Communications Fellows

ULI Philadelphia is seeking Communications Fellows to assist with marketing and communications for upcoming fall events. ULI Fellows receive complimentary registration in exchange for providing marketing services on behalf of ULI Philadelphia. What Do Our Communication Fellows Do? Event Management Assist with member registration, tours, setup and breakdown Communications Social Media: Draft tweets and Facebook posts Photographs: Take photographs during events and share with the ULI team Blogging: Draft an event “wrap up” for the ULI Blog Interested fellows should submit a brief writing sample and social media post to exhibit their ability to effectively communicate information in … Read More

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