Author Archives: ULI Washington

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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Recap- Executive Conversation with Bob Peck


Bob Peck opened the conversation at the breakfast by talking about his background. He said he learned the real estate business by doing pro forma spreadsheets. Bob grew up in DC, spending his early years in Congress Heights with the families of other GIs, and they were all white. In 1953 they all moved to the suburbs and Bob thought that all grown up friends moved in packs. Bob’s family moved to Wheaton where everyone had a swing set in the backyard and hung out at the Wheaton Plaza mall. … Read More

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Application Available: TAPs in COG-Designated Activity Centers – ULI Partners with Council of Governments to Deliver Upcoming TAPs

2016 DDOE and DCOP TAP

ULI Washington, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), will offer up to three (3) Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) in the coming year that will focus on identifying priority, catalytic strategies to maximize the impact of investments in COG-designated Activity Centers. A signature ULI Program, TAPs are an intensive and collaborative exercise where 10-12 senior-level real-estate and land-use experts work together over a concentrated day-and-a-half to develop unbiased, market-based feedback on a specific local development or land-use challenge. The TAP culminates in a formal presentation of recommendations, … Read More

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ULI Washington Launches Regional Fellows Program, Modeled after the Rose Center

Regional Fellows Kick-off

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 the Regional Fellows program, modeled after the Daniel Rose Fellowship, a program of the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use, which is jointly operated by ULI and the National League of Cities. ULI Washington has selected three jurisdictions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region to participate in the pilot year of the program—Montgomery County, Maryland; Fairfax County, Virginia; and the city of Alexandria, Virginia. Four … Read More

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Recap: 16 – 17 Leadership Institute Day 4 – Design and Construction

Leadership Component: Jess Zimbabwe

Day 4 of the Leadership Institute kicked off with an energetic presentation by Jess Zimbabwe, ED of the Daniel Rose Center, National League of Cities. Tracing an arc from Plato to Homer (Simpson!), the program offered not just food for thought and a historical context for what we do, but also a motivational call to arms for how to engage as land use professionals and how to positively impact the policies and processes that shape our built environment. The day continued with a group effort to tackle difficult problems experienced … Read More

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ULI Washington Adopts New Strategic Plan for 2016-2020

During a year-long process, members and staff from ULI Washington worked together to update the district council’s strategic plan.  A group of 10 members including former district council chairs, and current committee chairs drafted the original plan.  The key objectives of this  committee were to 1) Set the direction and goals for the district council for one, two and five years; 2) Determine the program of work to achieve the organization’s strategic goals and objectives; and 3)  Align the budget, staffing, and governance with the plan to implement desired outcomes.    … Read More

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Innovation Update: Colliers International Accelerate Program


Accelerate Descriptions: Colliers International has launched its Accelerate Program, a comprehensive, two-year training program in the Washington, DC region.  The only commercial real estate training program of its kind in the area, this training gives young brokers the opportunity to gain the experience, knowledge, and mentorship to fast track their careers.  Colliers first introduced the program in 2013 in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada and then in 2015 launched in in New York and Los Angeles. Why it is transformative for the real estate industry: Accelerate turns the traditional apprenticeship program … Read More

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ULI Washington Panel Completes Recommendations for Revitalization in Indian Head, Md.


ULI Washington released the latest Technical Assistance Panel report, reflecting the work of an eight-member, multi-disciplinary team. The report presents analysis and guidance on the economic revitalization challenges facing the Town of Indian Head. Indian Head is an independent municipality in Charles County, Md., about 30 miles south of Washington, D.C., sitting on a narrow peninsula between the Potomac River and Mattawoman Creek at the end of Indian Head Highway (MD 210). The Town borders Naval Support Facility Indian Head, a military installation that has been a driver of the … Read More

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Release: New Report Finds Public-Private Partnerships Crucial to Moving Indian Head Forward


A new Technical Assistance Panel – or TAP – released by ULI Washington has found that public private partnerships can be used catalyze redevelopment and set the Town of Indian Head on a path to economic vitality and growth. The report, titled “Economic Development Opportunities in Indian Head” documents the findings of a panel of a panel of eight ULI members who were convened September 20-21, 2016 to address barriers to economic growth that have resulted in a significant decline in commercial and residential development in the Town of Indian … Read More

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