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Capital Stacks 101: A Primer on Debt and Equity Event Recap


Hosted by ULI’s Real Estate 101 Young Leader’s Group, on March 13, 2017, many braved inclement weather for a panel discussion on one of commercial real estate’s fundamental questions: How do I get funding for my project? Given that there are two ways to finance a deal – debt and equity – and then the need to get all parties together, Real Estate 101 thought the best combination for this discussion would be a lender, an equity partner, and a broker. Fortunately, a capital dream-team answered the call: Anthony Balestrieri, … Read More

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Advisory: Panel to Offer Recommendations on Modernizing the Research Boulevard Corridor in Rockville, MD

On March 27-28, the City of Rockville and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) are sponsoring an independent Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in conjunction with ULI Washington. The purpose is to better understand the market position of the Research Boulevard office park corridor and consider options and recommendations for future land use, urban design, and economic development actions as they draft the city’s next Comprehensive Master Plan. After a tour of the study area and various interviews, the panel will provide an open press initial presentation of their findings, the … Read More

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Mentor Group Tours the Historic Jefferson Hotel


Fall 2016, Mentor Britt Snider, a Pricipal at The JBG Companies,  arranged a tour of the Historic Jefferson Hotel for his group with the Director of Sales, Joan Esposito, who has been with the Jefferson since 2008 during the recent renovation. On the tour, she showed the group the award winning restaurant, common areas, and one of the suites, noting the great amount of detail that went not only in to the renovation and design, but also which goes into each guest’s visit.  During the renovations, the building’s skylight was uncovered … Read More

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Repositioning and Placemaking – DC’s Suburban Office Renaissance Event Recap


No longer a question, the suburban office renaissance is happening. The DC metro area’s suburban office market’s pulse beats stronger than ever with recent big leases signed by marquee tenants in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia. New trophy mixed-use projects are attracting interest from across the region, while older properties are being thoughtfully repositioned to attract tenants. On February 28, 2017, the ULI Washington Young Leaders Group’s Education Committee hosted a vibrant discussion on the region’s suburban office market, moderated by Newmark Grubb Frank Knight’s managing director Sandy Paul. Sandy … Read More

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Innovation Update: Recity


Description: Recity has developed the first-of-its-kind real estate software that tracks urban development, with on-demand insights and visualizations.   The platform includes forward-looking information that enables real estate professionals and their clients to discover new business opportunities and accelerate deals. Historically, development data has been very difficult to find and tracked manually by individuals or business groups within an organization. With Recity’s web and mobile applications, real estate professionals can access on-demand information about any type of commercial or large residential development in the pipeline to make smarter, faster decisions. To … Read More

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Redevelopment of St. Elizabeths East Campus Creates Opportunities for Economic Mobility in D.C.’s Ward 8, According to Rose Center Panel


The District of Columbia has a unique opportunity to improve access to economic mobility in the Congress Heights neighborhood from the long-planned redevelopment of the St. Elizabeths East Campus, according to an inter-disciplinary panel of experts visiting Washington, D.C. from February 28-March 3 assembled by the Rose Center for Public Leadership—a joint program of ULI and the National League of Cities (NLC). Washington, D.C. is one of four cities—along with Anchorage, Alaska; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and San José, California – in the 2017 Daniel Rose Fellowship. Now in its eighth … Read More

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Peer Exchange Group Program (PEG) Kickoff a Success


In mid-February, ULI Washington began a new program of Peer Exchange Groups (PEGs) to create opportunities for more meaningful networking among our members. A Peer Exchange Group (PEG) is a unique opportunity to make meaningful connections with real estate professionals like yourself. Each PEG is composed of 8-10 non-competing members who all commit to a shared set of meeting processes and language protocols. The experience provides a safe haven where individuals faced with similar personal and professional challenges gather to share experiences and consult each other in absolute confidence. In … Read More

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UrbanPlan 2017 Mid-Year Update

Washington-Lee High School City Council Day Fall 2017

ULI Washington continues its track record of exposing area youth to complex urban planning and development issues through its experiential learning curriculum, UrbanPlan. Since the 2016-2017 school year began, ULI Washington volunteers have contributed to successful UrbanPlan programs at Washington-Lee High School and at Georgetown University. Two additional programs are scheduled this spring at regional high schools: Wakefield High School in Arlington (March) and Bethesda Chevy Chase in Bethesda (May-June). Conceived by ULI in conjunction with UC-Berkeley, UrbanPlan has reached over 20,000 high school and university students across the country … Read More

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Innovation Update: Sharing Power: Doing Well by Doing Good in the District with Community Solar


If you have a rooftop or a parking lot in DC, you could add revenue-generating potential to your existing property while sharing affordable clean power with your neighbors. Description of Groundswell Community Power: All of us who live and work in the local community that is Washington DC enjoy some of the nation’s most forward-looking clean energy policies and incentives, including a community solar law that was implemented last year. Community solar enables DC businesses and residents to purchase solar electricity generated by small-scale solar arrays located anywhere in the … Read More

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Release: ULI Washington Launches Regional Fellows Program


Program seeks to foster regional solutions to land use challenges In an effort to strengthen land use decision-making among local government leaders and to foster regional solutions to land use challenges, ULI Washington has launched its Regional Fellows Program. The mission of ULI Washington’s Regional Fellows Program is to empower leaders in the public sector to envision, build, and sustain successful 21st Century communities by providing access to information, best practices, peer networks, and other resources to foster creative, efficient, and sustainable land use practices. ULI Washington’s Regional Fellows Program … Read More

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