ULI Charlotte News

ULI Names Ralph Boyd as CEO for the Americas

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We are delighted to announce that Ralph Boyd, an outstanding individual who is currently the chief executive officer of the American Red Cross’s Massachusetts region, has accepted our offer to serve as ULI’s CEO for the Americas. He brings to ULI nonprofit experience and membership-based organizational experience, familiarity with a decentralized organizational structure, financial leadership, gravitas, and the ability to act both strategically and tactically. Read more here.

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2017 Fall Meeting WLI Prologis Scholarship

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Since 2012, the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative has awarded scholarships to women members to participate in the Fall Meeting. These scholarships are awarded in recognition of a member’s contributions to ULI and demonstrated commitment to real estate and land use issues. Learn more and apply here.

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10 Best Practices for Creative Placemaking

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Creative placemaking, an innovation that involves bringing art and culture in tandem with design to the beginning of a real estate development project, is gaining momentum around the globe, from small rural communities to large urban areas. South Carolina’s 2017 Rural Summit, for example, sponsored by the state’s department of commerce and held in March, included a presentation and panel on creative placemaking for summit participants, who included council members, city administrators, planners, and others hungry for knowledge about how creative placemaking strategies can be used to revitalize their communities. … Read More

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RECAP:  Spring Meeting Rewind

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On May 11, 2017, ULI Charlotte convened ULI Spring Meeting attendees with local members and attendees to discuss information shared in Seattle and how it applies to our businesses.  Some of the insights shared included: Capital Markets are cautiously optimistic; more disciplined in business this time around Retail impact: Less impact on local “necessity” stores – coffee shops, hair, nail salons Less impact on low and high price point stores – e.g. Dollar Stores is already used to operating at a slim margin/high volume; Nordstrom is known for customer service … Read More

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ULI Health Leaders Network

Left to right: Moderator Michael Horst and discussion leaders Clare De Briere, Tony Green, Mary Borgia, and Sandra Kulli participate in the "Soft Infrastructure, Creating Healthy Programs" concurrent session at the Building Healthy Places Cofnerence in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 20, 2014. 

Horst is senior vice president of the ULI Larson Leadership Initiative, a ULI Foundation Governor, and a ULI Foundation Overseer.

Borgia is a ULI trustee and ULI Foundation Governor.

The Urban Land Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative is pleased to announce a new program opportunity.  This program will empower real estate and land use professionals with the skills, knowledge, and networks to improve health outcomes in their professional practice and communities. Through in-person forums and training webinars, participants will gain valuable skills and connections that will help them advance their careers. Participants will also gain practical knowledge about the intersection between health and the built environment. This program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, … Read More

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Real Estate Consensus Forecast

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The “ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast” is a semiannual survey of economists and analysts at the nation’s leading real estate organizations. The forecast findings include both near-term and longer-term projections for a wide variety of key economic and industry indicators, ranging from employment figures to housing starts to property sector performance. The most recent survey was conducted in March, and involved 53 leading restate economists/analysts from 39 organizations.  For more information and to download the report, go to http://americas.uli.org/research/centers-initiatives/center-for-capital-markets/barometers-forecast-and-data/uli-real-estate-consensus-forecast/

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Members-Only Webinar: Small-Scale Development: Two Case Studies

Small-Scale Development: Two Case Studies As real estate development continues to offer opportunities for entrepreneurs, the small-scale developer must continue to develop expertise and to progress with industry trends. This webinar will look at two projects that successfully exemplify innovative small-scale development. Speakers:  Payton Chung, Director, Case Studies and Publications, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C. (moderator) Liz Dunn, Principal, Dunn + Hobbes, Seattle Lorenzo G. Perez, Co-founder, Venue Projects: Venue Builders, Phoenix ULI Case Studies showcase innovative approaches and best practices in real estate and urban development, and provide detailed information about the … Read More

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Three Cities Tapping into the U.S. Brewery Boom

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Breweries are clearly having their moment on the American urban scene. In 2016, there were 5,300 breweries, compared with 2,400 only four years earlier. In part, that might be due to the novelty and conviviality of enjoying a unique beverage at a hyper-local establishment. But breweries, it turns out, also have an almost magical ability to revitalize neighborhoods and even entire towns, according to panelists speaking at ULI’s 2017 Carolinas Meeting in March, and tend to be a boon wherever they open, at least in the current cycle. Read more … Read More

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Urban Infrastructure: The Growing Influence of Atlanta’s BeltLine

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For Ryan Gravel—an urban planner by training who initially proposed the concept of the BeltLine in his Georgia Tech master’s thesis and is now an author and urban design consultant—urban infrastructure can serve as a metaphor for an entire culture. Ultimately, he said, it succeeds best when it brings people together, in both its creation and how it is used. But city leaders need to think bigger about the implications of infrastructure projects of all sizes. Read more at UrbanLand: The Magazine of the Urban Land Institute.

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Member Profile: Ambrose W. Dittloff

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Member Profile:  Ambrose W. Dittloff In his 16 years as president of the Charlotte-based real estate and construction firm, Carocon Corporation, Ambrose has strived to create a culture of empowerment for employees. To him, the most satisfying part of serving in a leadership role is helping others step out of their comfort zones and find success in unexpected ways. When sharing words of encouragement to those starting out in his or any other field, he often shares two favorite quotes: “Bide your time, for success is near,” and “Hold fast.” … Read More

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