Monthly Archives: May 2017

10 Best Practices for Creative Placemaking

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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Freight Mobility Plan for Charlotte Region

Initiated in 2015, the Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility plan will enhance the economic competitiveness of the Charlotte region by developing an integrated, multi-modal freight transportation system that will support the region’s economic growth, foster job creation, and provide the mechanisms to maintain and improve the quality of life for the region’s residents. The purpose of the plan is to strengthen the connection between the region’s key freight transportation assets, core industries, and land use development. The Freight Mobility Plan is designed to: Identify ways to effectively and consistently reduce … Read More

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