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2017-2018 ULI Washington Young Leaders Group Mentorship Program – Tour of the Wharf by Madison Marquette CIO David Brainerd

David Brainerd, CIO of Madison Marquette and retail/commercial partner of PN Hoffman, took 75 ULI Washington Young Leaders/Mentees on a two-hour tour of The Wharf  December of last year. David presented the trendy restaurants along the Waterfront Promenade,  entertainment attractions such as the industrial chic  Anthem rock concert hall,  and a review of the waterfront park,   ice skating rink, marina, water taxis and kayaks.  David explained The Wharf’s development required an “Act of Congress”, and had to clarify to the Young Leaders he meant this literally, not as a developer … Read More

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Notice of Forthcoming UrbanPlan New Volunteer Training

ULI Washington is pleased to announce the next UrbanPlan Volunteer Training has been scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2018! The training will be from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the ULI Headquarter/ULI Washington office 2001 L Street NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20036. Conceived by ULI in conjunction with UC-Berkeley, UrbanPlan has reached over 20,000 high school and university students across the country since 2003. In the Metropolitan Washington Region over 2,500 students have been reached. UrbanPlan is designed to challenge students in the areas of public speaking, communications, team … Read More

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Recap: 17-18 Leadership Institute, Day 6, Placemaking and Design

Day 6 of the Leadership Institute convened at the Bonifant Affordable Senior Living Apartments in downtown Silver Spring.   Before springing into the day’s program on creative placemaking, staff at the Bonifant provided a snapshot of the property’s development and operations which was rounded out by cohort member Stephanie Roodman of the Montgomery Housing Partnership, who related her organization’s relationship and experience with the Bonifant. The first session, and leadership component of the program, featured Jess Zimbabwe of the National League of Cities.  Ms. Zimbabwe’s presentation on better community engagement for … Read More

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ULI, with COG, Accepting applications for Technical Assistance Panels

From Feb. 1 – Apr. 2, ULI Washington will be accepting applications to conduct Technical Assistance Panels in COG-Designated Activity Centers. Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) are one of ULI Washington’s signature programs, where a panel of 10-12 senior-level experts work over a concentrated timeline to evaluate and provide market-based feedback on a local development or land use challenge. Panelists are selected from over 2,200 ULI Washington members in the Metropolitan Washington Area based on needed skillsets and expertise to address the problem at hand. Panel member expertise typically includes developers, … Read More

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Recap: 17-18 Leadership Institute Day 5, Finance and Development Process

Day Five of the ULI Leadership Institute, hosted at ULI-Washington’s headquarters in downtown DC, focused on real estate finance and the development process. The day began with a presentation from Matt Hard, Development Manager at LCOR, who discussed the acquisition, construction, and leasing of the Edison apartments near Union Market. First, Matt outlined the schedule for developing the project was 42 months from acquisition to delivery. He emphasized how developers must make decisions on the market, such as potential rents, that won’t be tested for years until the project is … Read More

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Vienna and the W&OD Trail—ULI Washington Panel Makes Recommendations for Improving the Trail and Surrounding Areas in the Heart of Vienna, VA

ULI Washington recently released a Technical Assistance Panel Report analyzing existing challenges and opportunities for improving the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad Regional Park, together with surrounding areas, within the Town of Vienna, Virginia. The Town of Vienna is located in the northeastern portion of Fairfax County and is approximately 14 miles from Washington, DC. In 2015 the Town updated its Comprehensive Plan, and as part of the update, the Town set goals for creating/updating master plans for the Town’s parks, including the W&OD Park. The W&OD Park is … Read More

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ULI Washington Holiday Service Opportunity: Community of Hope Holiday Market Event Recap

On Saturday, December 9th, over 35 ULI Washington Young Leaders volunteered at Community of Hope’s Holiday Market Event at the organizations Conway Health Center in Southwest DC.  ULI Washington volunteers helped children build gingerbread houses and with arts and crafts, along with making holiday cards, distributing toys and helping with handing out hot chocolate and cookies. The event was in conjunction with the funds raised at the Inaugural ULI Washington Young Leaders Trivia Night this past November which raised $10,000 for Community of Hope and its mission of helping the … Read More

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Young Leader Group’s Mentorship Program Kick-Off Event at WeWork Event Recap

The ULI Washington Young Leader Group’s Mentorship Program held their annual kick-off event for the 2017-2018 program at WeWork White House in September. There were a record 300 attendees this year between mentees, mentors and ULI staff. The event was a chance for each group to network, meet their respective mentors and fellow mentees, and begin planning their groups’ events for the year.    The Mentorship Program’s primary goal is to connect Young Leaders (“Mentees”) with Associate and Full Members (“Mentors”).  This year’s program consists of 293 Mentees and 41 … Read More

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ULI Mentorship Program District Distilling Co. Happy Hour Event Recap

The ULI Washington Young Leader Group’s Mentorship Program had a great turnout recently for their first happy hour of the 2017-2018 program year at District Distilling Co. on U Street. Nearly 80 of this year’s mentee and mentor participants attended the event. The happy hour provided an opportunity for peers and principals to network, collaborate on future events and share their groups’ experiences thus far this year.   The Mentorship Program connects Young Leaders (“Mentees”) with Associate and Full Members (“Mentors”).  This year’s program consists of 293 Mentees and 41 … Read More

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Construction 101: From Plans to Punchlist Event Recap

On Monday, November 20, the Young Leaders Group hosted its first Real Estate 101 discussion of the season, this focused on “Construction 101.”  The event combined a strong theoretical foundation with real-world insight to give attendees a complete picture of the challenges and opportunities in constructing a building. The event, which sold out, brought together a dynamic mix of local real estate professionals.  First, Steve Teitelbaum from American University and WMATA sketched out four reoccurring themes in construction projects.  First, collaboration is key. While the traditional design-bid-build process can introduce inefficient … Read More

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