ULI Washington News

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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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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Recap- WLI Event- Like a Boss: Building Your Professional Brand


The evening event started at The Apollo Apartments with signature drinks and a tour of the beautifully designed common spaces and model unit.  The panel discussion was held in the community’s roof top space with a view of Capitol Hill on a warm 70 degree February evening.  The discussion was organized by the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) of ULI Washington and was moderated by Caroline Kenney of Urban Atlantic with panelists Stephanie Williams, President at Bozzuto Management Company, and Nan Tolbert, Executive Communication Coach at The Communication Center. The panelists … 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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Work of ULI Washington featured in COG Report- State of the Region: Human Capital Report


Region’s ‘Human Capital’ is a key driver of economic growth Work of ULI Washington featured in new report by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments The future economic prosperity of metropolitan Washington will rely on the region’s investment in its residents and their collective knowledge, skills, and abilities, according to a new report released by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). According to the State of the Region: Human Capital Report, the region’s prosperity can be attributed to its enterprising residents who are attracted to the area for its rich … Read More

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Recap- WLI Washington Presents: Taking the Plunge- Insight into Action


Is entrepreneurship for you? This is the question that drove the discussion amongst five emerging and experienced entrepreneurs at WLI Washington’s ‘Taking the Plunge: Insight into Action’ event. The panel was moderated by Wendelin White, Director at Goulston & Storrs, and included Elinor Bacon, President of ER Bacon Development; Melina Duggal, President and Owner of Duggal Real Estate Advisors; Ursula Mead, CEO and Founder of InHerSight.com; and Paola Moya, CEO and Principal at Marshall Moya Design.   A common theme surrounding the panelists’ first steps of starting their own businesses … 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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