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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, Pennsylvania’s first comprehensive economic strategic plan, “Building on Strength.” ULI Philadelphia will partner with Lancaster City Alliance and other local organizations to implement the plan, which will include the development of specific strategies and tactics aimed at advancing creation of a livable, thriving, and healthy community, culminating in a final report outlining strategy, data analysis, maps and implementation tactics.

Sixteen grants totaling $320,000 have been awarded to Urban Land Institute district and national councils through the ULI’s Urban Innovation Grant Program. Funding for this year’s recipients is provided by the ULI Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.

“The ULI Innovation Grant Program is instrumental in providing the means for members to help improve their local communities and we are grateful for the opportunity to bring our robust program to Lancaster,” said Chris Hager, Chair of ULI Philadelphia.

In addition, two ULI Philadelphia member projects were honored at the ULI Fall Meeting:

–          SteelStacks, an arts and cultural campus located on the former Bethlehem Steel site designed by Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT), was awarded the 2014 ULI Global Award for Excellence. SteelStacks was one of just 13 recipients globally to receive the honor, which is widely recognized as the industry’s most prestigious award – and one of only 6 in the United States.

–          Paseo Verde, an energy-efficient and mixed-income community in Philadelphia was a finalist for the 2014 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award.  This award celebrates and promotes the exemplary efforts of real estate and public policy leaders from across the country who are working to expand affordable and workforce housing opportunities. Paseo Verde is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design–New Development (LEED ND) Platinum community in the country.

“What is especially exciting about these two honorees is that both were winners of our ULI Philadelphia inaugural Awards for Excellence earlier this year,” said Hager.  “One of our goals was to create more opportunities for our members to enter the ULI Global Awards for Excellence, so we are very gratified and look forward to continuing this new tradition.”


The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute whose mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.  Established in 1936, ULI today has more than 33,000 members around the globe, representing the entire spectrum of land use and development disciplines.  Our members include developers, builders, property owners, investors, architects, public officials, planners, brokers, appraisers, attorneys, engineers, financiers, academics, students and librarians.

The Philadelphia District Council encompasses about 900 members throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, the southern half of New Jersey and the State of Delaware.  It is one of the most robust District Councils in the country, experiencing strong growth and introducing new initiatives that provide community impact.  For more information please visit www.philadelphia.uli.org.


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