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Event Recap – Climate Change in Hawaii


On July 11, 2014, our monthly brown bag series featured Dolan Eversole, Regional Coordinator of NOAA UH Sea Grant Coastal Storms Program. Dolan presented the latest research on how climate change is expected to affect the built environment on Oahu and what mitigation and adaptation techniques are being discussed. Dolan said Hawai`i is stepping up efforts at planning for adaptation with recent legislation that assigns the State Office of Planning to implement an adaptation policy. You can see the text of the legislation here>>> Some of the key points from the talk: FLOODING … Read More

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Tax Increment Financing: Tweaking TIF for the 21st Century


Tax increment financing (TIF) can be a powerful economic development tool. Under the right circumstances, TIF can generate enough funding to make a real difference. And with the right safeguards in place, TIF encourages government and the private sector to form a partnership based on each other’s strengths. “Without TIF or other government programs, the only redevelopment will be for the rich, by the rich,” says Stephen B.Friedman, a consultant with decades of TIF experience in Illinois and Wisconsin and a member of ULI’s Public/Private Partnership Council. For neighborhoods in … Read More

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Download Presentations from the 2014 Spring Meeting

The Business Case for Building More Resilient Communities  Lesso

The 2014 Spring Meeting attracted 3,000 of the top leaders from every sector of the real estate industry to Vancouver, British Columbia, for three days of exclusive programming. Videos of select presentations are now available at, as well as PDFs of the slideshow presentations from many of the Spring Meeting speakers.  Watch the videos and download the presentations at

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Investing in Resiliency: Ranking the Most Resilient Cities


Real estate investors often worry that their portfolios might be pummeled by economic factors such as rising interest rates. But there are plenty of other concerns—rising sea levels, earthquakes, overpopulation, social inequity, pollution, crime, and poorly functioning government.  Read about this latest report presented at the ULI April 2014 Spring Meeting in Vancouver BC! Read the full article here>>>  

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Vancouver – Value Based Development


“Vancouverism” is now synonymous with tower-podium architecture, green space, and breathtaking views. But the much-admired Canadian city’s real secret of success may be its value-based development process. Vancouver has spent decades on its deliberative, values-driven process in which local government planners, developers, and the citizenry have labored to form a consensus vision and come up with creative solutions for achieving it.  Read more>>>

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A Condo Developer, Media Exec, Healthcare CEO and a Hotelier walk into a Chinese restaurant….

YL speed mentoring 2013

On an expected cool evening this past June, ULI Young Leaders of Hawaii held one of its annual marquee events, Speed Mentoring, at the Mandalay Restaurant. While the dim sum flowed like salmon in the spring, thirty-six professionals in varying land/development fields had the opportunity to listen to four well accomplished and traveled executives that were very gracious in volunteering their time for the event. Susan Eichor (President and COO of AIO), Sean Hehir (President and CEO of Trinity Investments), David Striph (Senior VP of The Howard Hughes Corporation) and … Read More

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Fall Meeting Young Leader Reception at Epic

Epic Restaurant

Young leaders from the Chicago area will host the ULI 2013 Fall Meeting Young Leader Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 5 at Epic, one of the newest plush bars in the River North area and a recommended restaurant by the 2013 Michelin Guide. With its towering loft space, rooftop lounge, grand glass staircase, and views of the city skyline, Epic restaurant is a can’t-miss destination. Your evening out will include signature house cocktails, beer, wine, seasonal hors d’oeuvres, and music by DJ Sasha. Over 400 young real estate and land … Read More

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Creating Self-Sustaining Communities

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The “cell” or village concept is an effective design solution to reverse negative effects from decades of sprawl. “For all the implications of ‘sprawl’—from job loss and economic decline, to alarming obesity, asthma rates, and segregation, to the loss of habitat and global warming, to our dangerous dependence on foreign oil—all of them are driven by one fundamental problem: the mismatch between where we live and where we work.” This statement, made by Shaun Donavan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in a White House blog in … Read More

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Fall Meeting Scholarships – Young Leaders

Wells Fargo “Who’s Next” ULI Young Leaders Group Scholarship Program Posted on August 1, 2013 by ULI Admin Wells Fargo is sponsoring scholarships to cover the registration fee for 25 ULI members under the age of 35 in the U.S. to attend the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago. Find out more about the scholarship program here. The deadline for the completed applications is August 30th, so apply now! The winners will be announced the week of September 16th. This entry was posted in ULI National Fall Meeting. Bookmark the permalink.

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July 2013 – Public Development and Infrastructure Outlook

by Ron Nyren for UrbanLand Magazine July 8, 2013 In the last several years, public/private partnerships have gotten a bad reputation because cities started entering into concession agreements, turning over public assets to private entities in exchange for money upfront. These agreements were misnamed public/private partnerships and resulted in cities’ giving up future revenues that were needed to create long-term fiscal balance… The better model is a true partnership where cities that need capital access private capital and draw on private sector innovation and management to increase asset value and annual income. … Read More

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