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Energy Innovation Center

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

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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Brewery to Gallery

Less than one week after the building’s Grand Opening, ULI Pittsburgh gathered in late September for an exclusive tour of the Brew House Artist Lofts. Insights from Trek Development Company’s John Ginocchi offered a history of the nineteenth century building originally owned by the Duquesne Brewing Company, as well as highlighted the renovation process to preserve the character and artistic nature of the building. Today, these unique apartments in the heart of the Southside feature a mix of affordable workforce & market rate units for the artist community, as well as … Read More

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Sandie’s Industry Insights

Named one of Pittsburgh Business Times’ Coolest Offices, Reed Smith was host venue to our latest ULI Pittsburgh Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) event: “A Conversation with Sandie Egley.” During the program, moderated by Dusty Kirk, Egley shared personal insights about decisions she’s made to be a good steward of her leadership role as the first woman to be named Chairman of the Beaver County board of commissioners. Good stewardship that includes the decision to save the county 60k by not hiring herself a personal secretary and personally funding her own … Read More

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Diana’s Industry Insights

On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted “A Conversation with Diana Reid” at the Tower at PNC. As Executive Vice President of The PNC Financial Services Group and business executive of the bank’s commercial real estate business, Diana Reid has been part of the banking industry for over thirty years. Moderating the conversation was Kristi Woolsey, the Practice Lead for Creative Environments at MAYA, a design and technology innovation consultancy. Diana Reid offered the attendees valuable insights based on her active involvement in industry issues throughout her … Read More

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Affordable and Thriving

As Pittsburgh continues the conversation surrounding affordable housing, The Affordable Housing Task Force (AHTF) has investigated ways to create potential solutions to a multifaceted issue.  On Wednesday, June 29, local developers were invited to a briefing on the AHTF report and insights on the recommendations outlined in the report, those which include: Housing Trust Fund, Increasing Utilization of 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Preserving Existing Deed-Restricted and Naturally-Occurring Affordable Housing Stock, and Inclusionary Housing. The evening featured guest speaker, Stockton Williams, Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing … Read More

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Better, Safer Streets

In an effort to move forward with a vision for a greater Pittsburgh, the City of Pittsburgh presented their policy on Complete Streets and how the city’s vision for “better, safer streets for everyone” will impact development, developers, and those creating place in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, June 23, attendees heard insights from speakers Ray Gastil, Director of City Planning, Kristin Saunders, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, and Akshali Gandhi, Transportation Planner, plus Q&A with the speakers and Andrew Dash, Assistant Director of Strategic Planning. The Department of City Planning states that … Read More

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Innovation in the Works

Innovation. Inspiration. Community. These are all characteristics that have driven one of Pittsburgh’s newest urban renewal projects. Thanks to developer Faros Properties, the massive complex once known as  Allegheny Center has had a 200 million-dollar face-lift and re named Nova Place. On Wednesday, June 8, the Young Leaders Group hosted a walkthrough of Nova Place and Pittsburgh’s newest co-working space, Alloy 26. Along with the event champions Brian Kurtz from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Brandi Wyskocil from HFF, attendees also gained insight from speakers Jeremey Leventhal of Faros Properties, … Read More

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Pittsburgh Park Preview

Held on Friday, June 3, the Women’s Leadership Initiative’s “A Walk in the Park” event gave 31 ULI members an exclusive construction tour of the new Frick Environmental Center.  Lead by Meg Cheever, President and CEO of The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and Marijke Hecht, Director of Education, this event was among the first to preview the way Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh aim to protect and promote the region’s environment. As part of the project, the Parks Conservancy has restored 115 acres of land, and plans to … Read More

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A Voice for the Hilltop

In a collaboration of business, government and community leaders, Hilltop Alliance and the Allentown Community Development Corporation recently announced a $1.5 million revitalization project in Allentown through a Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP). Dollar Bank and PNC Bank, who have each committed to annual support of this 6-year project, were represented by Ray Garofalo and David Serafini at April 28’s Vision & Voices event, presented by the ULI Pittsburgh Young Leaders Group. Each shared their enthusiasm for the NPP and the importance of bank involvement in this process. Nick Miller of Black … Read More

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