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ULI Washington Presents: From Amazon to Zillow- How Landlords are Landing Tech Tenants as the D.C. Region Transforms into a New Tech Capital

December 5, 2017
7:30 am - 9:30 am
ULI Headquarters/ ULI Washington
2001 L Street NW, Second Floor
Washington, DC 20036 United States


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Tuesday December 5, 2017, 7:30-9:30am

7:30-8:00am: Breakfast & Registration

8:00-9:00am: Panel Discussion

9:00-9:30 am: Q&A

Washington D.C.’s economy has experienced a dramatic shift from being a government town whose industry relied primarily on the public sector. A recent report from Cushman & Wakefield listed Washington, D.C. as the #3 “Tech City” in the nation (behind San Jose and San Francisco). With intensified capital investment, a highly-educated workforce, and an emphasis on attracting and retaining talent through livability, the D.C. metro region has transformed into an economic powerhouse with an emphasis on technology. D.C. has been able to entice expansions and relocations from the country’s top firms, most recently with Nestle and Yelp, who now call the metro area home. In the hunt for Amazon’s HQ2, Washington, D.C. is considered a favored contender amongst a short-list of other top-tier cities.


The ULI Young Leader’s Group Education Committee is proud to present a panel of real estate and economic development professionals who are actively marketing the D.C. region to top tech employers. This event will present three case studies of projects that are representative of the success in the District, Maryland and Virginia. These projects will face off and panelists will share their insights on how they were able to attract and retain tech-oriented tenants:

Moderator: Anthony Chang, Vice President, Washington REIT

Case Studies & Panelists:

Terrell Place in Penn Quarter, DC

Amy Bowser, Managing Director,  JLL

Francisco Gonzalez, Professional Service Firms Practice Area Leader, Gensler

Andrew Trueblood, Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development


The 2U Headquarters at the New Carrollton Metro, MD

David Iannucci, Assistant Deputy CAO for Economic Development, Prince George’s County

Jason Peterman, Director of Corporate Real Estate & Workplace,  2U

Adam Schindler, Executive Vice President, Colliers International


North District in Crystal City, VA

Taylor Lawch, Development Manager, JBG

Robert Mandle, Chief Operating Officer, Crystal City BID

David Ritchey, Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Leasing, JBG SMITH Properties


Topics for Discussion:


What is the role for the development community in attracting top innovators and employers?

What economic incentives can cities and municipalities use to attract top firms looking to relocate?

What are the incentives that are most sought after by private business?

How does the D.C. region stack up against other leading metropolitan areas?

What is on the D.C. region’s “wish list” in order to become more competitive?

What pitfalls should be avoided so healthy competition between local municipalities does not become “a race to the bottom”?

Special thanks to the Young Leaders Education Committee for planning this event for everyone!



Member Non-Member
Private/Public Sector $30 $40
Young Leader (<35) $20 $40

2017 Corporate Sponsors
Please forward attendee information to Rebecca.hertz@uli.org

Pre-Registration Deadline – Thursday, November 30, 2017

To check availability after the deadline date please call: 240-497-1919

Register ONLINE here or Download a faxable registration form here
or Call 800-321-5011 (mention meeting code: # 8138-1849)

Click here to view a list of attendees.

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