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Women’s Leadership Council Conducts Spark Lab

On November 28, 2017,  ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative partnered with Spark Program to host a Lab for girls from Blaine Elementary, a co-ed K-12 school in Strawberry Mansion.   Melissa Govette of M&T Bank, a ULI member and Spark Program board member, welcomed the students in a conference room overlooking the Philadelphia skyline at their Center City location. Spark Program’s mission is to help bridge the gap between the students in underserved communities by partnering with a variety of leading corporations, giving a bird’s eye view of potential career options … Read More

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Brandywine Realty Trusts’ ULI “Cira Award” Scholarship Winners Announced

The Cira Award Scholarship program, sponsored by Brandywine Realty Trust, complements the ULI Etkin Johnson Program and is designed to immerse its student participants into the thriving land use industry in Philadelphia. For one year, beginning in November, program participants will attend ULI Philadelphia events, participate on committees, meet with a mentor and network with ULI members to enhance their scholastic endeavors and learn the benefits of ULI membership. Winners received one year of a complimentary membership as well as complimentary registrations, participation in the mentorship program, and other benefits. … Read More

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Recap: Forecast 2018

This past Thursday November 30th, members of ULI Philadelphia convened at The Union League on South Broad Street for the Real Estate Forecast 2018. Local industry leaders shared their thoughts on the state of real estate in their respective sectors. After a morning coffee and networking session, the event was kicked of by Bill Hankowsky, CEO of Liberty Property Trust (LPT), who spoke about the local industrial real estate market. “The industrial world is on fire,” Hankowsky proudly declared. He detailed the ongoing paradigm shift in global logistics due to … Read More

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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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Mentee Applications Now Open for Mentorship Program

We are currently accepting applications for a yearlong mentoring program designed to develop emerging talent in real estate and foster mutually beneficial relationships within ULI. Our Young Leaders Council will pair younger ULI members with more experienced members, based on shared interests, backgrounds, and goals. Each match will meet at least four times a year at their convenience for lunch, coffee, after work, or at a ULI program or event. Interested? Apply here before the January 1st deadline.   

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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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