Category Archives: Trends Conference (2018)

Recruitment of Nontraditional Candidates Can Boost Industry Diversity

Panelists at the ULI Washington Trends Conference in April said having a more diverse staff benefits the bottom line and addressed some of the ways they are trying to attract talent to the industry. “If everyone around the table looks the same, it’s hard to get outside of that box,” said Jodie McLean, chief executive officer of EDENS, a real estate developer, operator, and owner. “Many people at EDENS do not have what we call the right résumé. They’re the right people.” McLean is also a ULI Governing Trustee. Julie Smith, … Read More

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Incorporating Live-Performance Spaces into Existing and New Developments

Business improvement districts (BIDs) and other stakeholders are leveraging live music performances and other activities as a draw—both to prospective commercial tenants and to residents and visitors. Participants at a recent ULI Washington panel discussed both best practices and complicating factors when adding live-performance spaces to a neighborhood. “People want live entertainment. They want culture,” said panelist Mary-Claire Burick, president of the Rosslyn BID in Arlington County, Virginia. Her organization has doubled down on live events—concerts, movie screenings, Zumba classes, and more—and is seeing results. In 2016, respondents to the … Read More

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Getting Affordable Housing Deals Done in an Uncertain Time

The demand for more affordable housing continues to rise throughout the D.C. region.  An entire toolkit of programs and mechanisms are available for affordable housing production at the local level.  Of concern are cuts at the federal level that will limit HUD money for deals and potential tax reforms.  At the recent ULI Washington Real Estate Trends Conference, Ray Skinner guided a discussion with private developers, real estate advisors and governmental officials gathered to discuss how they are creatively relying on multiple joint venture approaches, and creative financing to fill financing … Read More

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Release: ULI Washington Announces Winners of 2018 Real Estate Trends Conference Awards Program

ULI Washington today announced the winners of its fourth 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 Housing Development Ten @ Clarendon; Arlington, VA Excellence in Mixed-Use Development Mosaic; Merrifield, VA Excellence in Institutional Development District Department of Transportation Car Barn; … Read More

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