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Advancing Leaders Series

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

Brian Kurtz

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

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

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

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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