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WLI Advancing Leaders

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Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) kicked off the year-long “Advancing Leaders” series with a program and roundtable on NEGOTIATION in March.  Continuing the focus on leadership, May’s programming – COMMUNICATE – provided an opportunity to take a DiSC Assessment that included an evaluation  and discussion of leadership styles.   Alison Valli and Shirley Wulf of Dimensions Leadership Group  facilitated the afternoon long event that was held at Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.  Upcoming events in the summer continue leadership dialogue and discussions with notable senior leaders in the Pittsburgh region.  Late Fall … Read More

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Home in America: Immigrants and Housing Demand

Over the past two decades, immigrants account­ed for about 28 percent of all household growth in the United States and have been a critical factor in the housing market’s recent recovery. Immigration policy is poised potentially to have a big impact on the continued improvement and overall health of the U.S. housing market. Home in America: Immigrants and Housing Demand examines the influence of immigrants in shaping urban growth patterns, particularly those who have entered the U.S. since the Great Recession.bi Among the key findings from the report: ·         Without … Read More

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Harvesting the Value of Water Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate

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Harvesting the Value of Water Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate Through regulations or incentives, more cities are looking to the private sector real estate community to help them manage stormwater runoff.  Harvesting the Value of Water explains why stormwater is important to cities, outlines the policy landscape, and includes eleven case studies of innovative approaches to green infrastructure that had positive financial, operational, or design outcomes. Learn how developers and designers: ·         Increased developable land ·         Reduced drainage system costs ·         Enhanced property value ·         Improved amenities, aesthetics, and … Read More

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Building a Bridge

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True to its name, Bridgeway Capital is building bridges in the Homewood community through the repurposing of 7800 Susquehenna. As the newly improved office space begins to house tenants like the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, BoXZY and Urban Tree, a unique intersection of makers, job trainers and artists is forming. President of Grand View Development, Bill Krahe, shared with ULI attendees at March event “The Empire State Building of Homewood,” that this intersection is intentional. While space in this 1920s historical building is highly sought after, Grand View is filling … Read More

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Advancing Leaders Series

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If you haven’t connected with ULI’s WLI – now’s the time.  Last spring, we toured Frick Environmental Center, which was under construction at the time…as was our growing initiative. With the success of 2016, in year two, we are pleased to announce a full year focus on ADVANCING LEADERS… commercial real estate professionals from varying disciplines… men and women, who wish to enhance their leadership skills. We launch the ADVANCING LEADERS SERIES on March 16 with an evening session on Negotiating Techniques, followed by a May 17 mid-day DISC workshop facilitated by Alison Valli … Read More

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ULI Rose Center Scholarship Recap

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ULI has always been a beneficial tool and resource in my work with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the private sector connections made at the ULI Fall Meeting in all areas of the trade, many of whom are looking to enter Pittsburgh the market, will be beneficial in my economic development role. Additionally, the ability to participate in the Urban Development and Mixed-Use Product Council – due in large part to Rose Center staff having me accepted as a guest – and getting to meet and collaborate with industry leaders … Read More

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Pittsburgh Trends Up

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ULI Pittsburgh’s 2017 Trends Program offered a new twist on our signature annual program.  This summer, Pittsburgh was invited to participate in a local focus group, where industry leaders met to discuss the trends they believed were gaining steam: Urban Living, Shared Economies, Foreign Investment and Transportation.  These themes were addressed through a panel of local leaders: Claire Hosteny, Joanna Bailey, Flemming Bjoernslev and Ken Zapinski in brief segments designed to offer insights into their respective disciplines. The morning’s keynote address came from former ULI Senior Fellow turned private consultant, … Read More

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Difference Makers

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As ULI Pittsburgh’s Women’s Leadership Initiative inches toward our one year anniversary, what better way to celebrate than with November 17th’s “DIFFERENCE MAKERS” reception in collaboration with the National League of Cities – 2016 City Summit.  Welcoming mayors, city officials and leaders from around the country, 130 guests gathered from over 20 states to celebrate women in leadership at the Omni William Penn’s historic Terrace Room. The reception featured a showcase of significant projects both new and historically relevant through organizations like Reed Smith, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, Pittsburgh … Read More

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Energy Innovation Center

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ULI Pittsburgh gathered at the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) on November 9th to learn about and tour the unique facility. Bill Miller of the EIC spoke to the history of the 200,000 square-foot building and the EIC’s mission to engage corporate and community leaders, align workforce development and education, develop and demonstrate technology, and incubate businesses to support emerging clean and sustainable energy markets.  Marc Mondor of evolveEA presented on the green adaptive reuse of the building and its high standards of sustainability and energy efficiency. A 2015 award-winning project … Read More

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Cincinnati RPC

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On Sept 29-30, twenty one ULI Regional Product Council members from Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh gathered in Cincinnati to see some of that city’s newest projects and visit neighborhoods where development has dramatically changed the feel, economics, livability and vitality of the area.  The Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, once home to German immigrants, abandoned in the 20th century and claimed to be the most dangerous neighborhood in America in 2011 has seen a rejuvenation that is putting it in the map as a charming, walkable neighborhood of the downtown core.  … Read More

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