Category Archives: News

Spring ULI Highlights

We are shaking-up the conversations and want you to be engaged.  This event will feature highlights: From the 2018 ULI Spring Meeting in Detroit. Of topics being discussed throughout ULI Charlotte. The program is structured for “maximum sharing and engagement.” It is a great way to learn, share and meet more people.  During breakfast, you will choose a table topic of interest.  Table leaders will have a few probing questions and remarks to share and inspire conversations from the group.  After we hear from our moderator and speakers about what they … Read More

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Outlook for U.S. Growth Has Improved over Last Six Months; Industrial to Outperform

Real estate economists boosted their outlook for economic growth in March’s ULI semi-annual survey, compared with the survey of six months ago. The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017 may have positively affected their forecast; this same group had shown a tempering of their expectations in the previous survey. The expectation for stronger economic growth is accompanied by the potential for higher inflation and interest rates. The higher rates, however, are not projected to be detrimental to real estate returns: Forecasts for industrial returns are … Read More

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Three Emerging Technologies Shaping the Future of Cities

Speaking at the ULI Carolinas Meeting in February, consultant Paul Doherty of The Digit Group described how 3-D printing, building information modeling, and piezoelectricity are reshaping the built environment. Doherty’s firm focuses on smart cities, smart buildings, and the tools that can advance architecture, construction, engineering, and development. “We real estate developers are under threat because of our inability to move quickly,” said Doherty. Data Will Reshape the World “Data is going to drive our industry,” said Doherty. “It used to be that he or she who controlled the schedule … Read More

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ULI Charlotte Presents: Pathways

The Pathways Program has been created to help our next generation explore a healthy and more connected community. We believe it will enable youth to grow and prosper, providing a new perspective on how they may impact the community they live in, as well as opportunities for future jobs. During our time in the classroom, our focus will be to engage students to open their minds to future career opportunities in real estate development, planning, design, engineering, finance, trades, and more. We want to introduce the students to skills needed … Read More

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RECAP: CoffeeTalk: Integrating Health and Wellness in our Community, Workplace and Lifestyles

On April 12, 2018, ULI Charlotte hosted a CoffeeTalk around healthy places in the built environment.  The session focused on creating places that contribute to healthier people and communities and enhancing and preserving value by meeting the growing desires for health-promoting places. The event was hosted at the new offices of AvidXchange (employer about 1200 team members) located in the Music Factory/North End area.  The panel was moderated by Dr.  Mark DeHaven of UNC Charlotte and Professor of Public Health Services, with the following panelists:  Mike Praeger, AvidXchange, Joe Frey, … Read More

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Attracting Younger Consumers With Connective Experiences Across Property Types

Today’s young professionals with discretionary income are asking for deeper engagement with their surroundings, a greater sense of ownership, and fewer barriers between work and play, connecting on a personal and emotional level with their environment. Panelists speaking at ULI’s 2018 Carolinas Meeting in February discussed what that might mean for the marketing and design of retail, office, and residential projects. “When people come together, they feel a part of something bigger, and prosperity follows. That leads a lot of the work that we do,” said Norma Morales Perez, a … Read More

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Three Mayors Highlight How the Southeast Is Building for Growth

Urbanizing cities of the U.S. Southeast, such as Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina, are facing the trade-offs of continued growth. Speaking at the 2018 ULI Carolinas Meeting, the mayors of those three cities discussed how and where their cities invest to attract job growth, while attempting to avoid displacement of longtime residents. “We are engaged in a fantastic experiment to turn Columbia into an entrepreneurial hub,” explained Steve Benjamin, the city’s mayor. “We’re trying to change the paradigm to show that private capital is welcome.” That … Read More

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ULI Charlotte Welcomes New Members

W. Alexander, Citizens Bank Matthew Box, Crescent Communities Jacob Brock, Edwards Construction Services, Inc. Meredith Cox, Flagship Healthcare Properties Nate Dickinson, Marand Builders, Inc. Debbie Duniec, Childress Klein Mohammed Idlibi, True Summit Capital Robert Jones, Crescent Communities Scott Kiger, Design Resource Group Chris Kouri, Nexsen Pruet Nancy Litwak, Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin, PLLC Scott Muller, Trademark Visual, Inc. Whitaker Rose, Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin Erik Rosenwood, Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin Don Rush, Interior Elements Ben Schwab, STITCH design shop Gareth Scott, UNC – Kenan Flagler Business School Ryan Taylor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Tracey Taylor, ESP Associates Thomas Wilson, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP        

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What Detroit Tells Us about Conventional Financing and Economics of Revitalization

The continuing revitalization of downtown Detroit is an international story. It is hard to believe that the General Motors bankruptcy was less than a decade ago and the city’s bankruptcy was less than five years ago. The region that once served as a prime example of a Rust Belt manufacturing economy subject to heights of the late-2000s recession is now in the midst of an urban renaissance that has not only transformed the Motor City’s skyline, but also completely changed the way people think about Detroit. The city is now … Read More

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Six Complex Projects Reshaping the Skylines of the Carolinas

“Real estate development is a high-stakes gamble,” said Michael Maher of the WestEdge Foundation. Maher and his company have spent the last 15 years planning for and working on a large and complicated project in Charleston, South Carolina. Maher joned five other developers in discussing their current projects at the ULI Carolinas Meeting in Greenville, South Carolina. Besides Maher, the panelists were Tom Finnegan, co-owner of Spartanburg LLC; Jessica Brock, managing director, Longfellow Real Estate Partners; Tommy Mann, development director of ATCO; Kenneth Bowers, deputy planning director, city of Raleigh, … Read More

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