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US Can’t Escape Weak Global Economy


Anirbal Basu of Sage Policy Group, ULI Washington’s perennial favorite in making economics interesting, kicked off this year’s highly successful Trends conference with an overview of the global, national, and regional economy. His verdict: rosy in the near term, challenging further out. Why? To begin with, the global economy is weak. The world’s economy grew at a rate of just 3.1 percent last year – the slowest since the beginning of post-recession recovery, and below the projected rate of 3.5 percent. Advanced economies showed particularly slow growth, with Europe at … Read More

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The Transportation Revolution: Driverless Vehicles and Beyond


What impact will Autonomous Vehicles have upon commercial real estate?  Wes Guckert, CEO, The Traffic Group, Inc.; Bryan Rossa, Executive Director, Public Policy, General Motors; and Revathi Greenwood, Americas Head of Investment Research, CBRE, explored this vanguard issue in a lively and wide-ranging discussion.  David Winstead, Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr, and former Maryland Transportation Secretary, moderated the panel. Wes Guckert painted the emerging big picture of what Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) mean for the commercial real estate industry.  The “wildly transformative” change from the cars-with-drivers system that has prevailed for a … Read More

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ULI Washington Congratulates Montgomery County and Arlington County for winning APA National Planning Awards!


Congratulations to two local jurisdictions from the Washington region that were honored with three national planning awards from the American Planning Association this year.  A total of five Excellence Award recipients were selected by the APA Awards Jury as well as 12 Achievement Award recipients. Read more about each of this year’s local award recipients below.  2017 NATIONAL PLANNING EXCELLENCE AWARD: PLANNING LANDMARK Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve Montgomery County, Maryland  SUMMARY Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve is a 93,000-acre designated land use zone that preserves farmland and rural open space in the … Read More

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20th Anniversary “Decades” Panel – Where We Come From… Where We’re Going


Kevin Thorpe kicked off the discussion in Letterman style with a Top 10 comparing 1997 to 2017. 10. The Cloud: ’97 – held rain; ’17 – hold data.  Cloud computing has impacted real estate such as flexible work environments, and the explosion of data centers, which host 70% of internet traffic in Northern Virginia. 9. Millennials: ’97 – no one cared about them; ’17 – 75 million in the United States and the largest demographic in the workforce. 8. Internet: ’97 – Clinton elected to 2nd term, Trump wrote The … Read More

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2017 Young Leaders Group Real Estate Trends Conference Scholarships


Three scholarships were provided to deserving applicants by the ULI Washington Young Leader Scholarship Fund to ULI Washington’s 2017 Real Estate Trends Conference.  The three recipients meet each other during a networking break during the conference and discussed their favorite luxury condo projects in the DC area.  We hope Alex Cole, Patrick Cullen, and Adam Levenson enjoyed the conference! Meet the impressive recipients below: Alex Cole is currently located in Washington D.C. and began the MPRE program at Georgetown full time in September 2016. Previously, Alex worked in fixed income and commercial real estate … Read More

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District Energy, Cultural Sustainability, and Open Space: ULI Washington Completes Panel in Florida Avenue Market


Earlier this month, ULI Washington released its latest Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Report which focused on the Florida Avenue Market area of Washington, DC. Florida Avenue Market is located approximately 1/2 mile from the NoMa- Gallaudet Metro Station and adjacent to the Trinidad neighborhood in the District of Columbia. In 2009, the District of Columbia adopted the Florida Avenue Market Study Small Area Plan. The plan provides a redevelopment framework that seeks to balance maintaining the area’s old world charm, grittiness, and character while repositioning the approximately 45-acre site to … Read More

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Release: ULI Washington Announces 2017 Real Estate Trends Conference Award Program Winners

ULI Washington today announced the winners of its third annual Real Estate Trends Conference Awards Program, a conference component that highlights innovative development under way in the Metropolitan Washington Region. The six distinctive award categories recognize innovative projects, policies, and initiatives that contribute to the enhancement of vibrant neighborhoods, exemplify creative problem solving, and celebrate visionary thinking. The winners of each category are as follows: Excellence in Office Development 5600 Fishers Lane; Rockville, MD Excellence in Housing Development The John & Jill Ker Conway Residence; Washington, D.C.  Excellence in Mixed-Use … Read More

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Advisory: Panel to Develop Community Engagement Plan for Fairfax County

WASHINGTON, DC (April 20, 2017) – On April 26-27, ULI Washington will host its first Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) as part of its new Regional Fellows Program. The purpose is to assist Fairfax County in the development of a community engagement process and communications plan in order to effectively engage local stakeholders on land use issues, and to include recommendations that can be used as a template for future community outreach and engagement.    After interviews with various stakeholders and a strategy and brainstorming session, the fellowship team, led by Honorary Fellow … Read More

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‘Union Market Talks’ Event Brings Together City and Business Leaders

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On April 11, Senior Resident Fellow Tom Murphy, former Mayor of Pittsburgh, participated in an event called Union Market Talks at Union Market’s Dock 5.  The Talk was an opportunity to talk about inclusive prosperity in an open forum, and included a presentation from Richard Florida to celebrate the launch of his new book, The New Urban Crisis.  Besides Murphy and Florida, speakers included Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, The Atlantic’s Ron Brownstein, Economic Innovation Group’s Steve Glickman, EDENS’ CEO Jodie W. McLean, and CityLab’s Rob Bole. The program began with the first public discussion of the New Urban … Read More

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UrbanPlan Spring Update: Student Testimonial, Keychain Prizes and New Volunteer Training

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ULI Washington continues to impact area youth as proven by former UrbanPlan teacher and current UrbanPlan Committee member, Wendy Taylor recent message by an alum of the program as seen below: “I wanted to reach out to you to let you know how much taking your class has impacted my life. You may remember when we spent a few weeks doing an Urban Plan project in class. It is because of that project that I learned about urban planning. It is the reason that I pursued a degree in geography … Read More

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