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Event Recap: Emerging Trends in Portland

On the morning of November, 10th, real estate professionals from various sectors in the Portland market filled the ballroom of the Sentinel Hotel for ULI’s annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate event. Price Waterhouse Cooper’s annual report captures the responses from over 500 real estate professionals in topics ranging from investment opportunities, market sector trends, capital markets and development. Keynote: Andy Warren, Director of Real Estate Research, PwC Panelists Moderator: Dennis Allen, Managing Director, Holland Partner Group Christian Kaylor, Economist State of Oregon Patricia Raicht, Senior VP and National Director … Read More

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Event Recap: Emerging Trends 2017 in Seattle

The Emerging Trends 2017 presentation and panel could not have come at a more tumultuous time–the morning after the 2016 Presidential Election. Yet a full crowd was on hand on the morning of November 9 at Hyatt at Olive 8 to hear about current real estate market sentiment throughout the country, as well as forecasts for the coming year. The presentation kicked off with an announcement regarding the local launch of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. This effort has the goal of engaging rising female members through leadership training and mentorship. … Read More

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Event Recap: China & Japan Study Tour

For 2 weeks in June 2016, ULI Northwest staff guided a delegation of North American ULI Members on a study tour of Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Kyoto. This was the first trip of its kind organized by a U.S. District Council with assistance with our counterparts from ULI Mainland China and ULI Japan. Our trip began in Beijing, the capital city and government seat of China. The first day in Beijing was set aside for cultural tours. We managed to see both the Forbidden Palace and the Great Wall in … Read More

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Event Recap: Put a Lid on It

A recent ULI Northwest panel discussion brought together experts on lidding freeways and explored the questions around whether it’s possible to lid more of Interstate 5 in Seattle. The motivations seem obvious: creating new urban land, restoring neighborhood connections, and mitigating environmental impacts. But what would it take and who would pay for it? The four expert panelists dived into the details that excited many of those in attendance. Keynote speaker James Burnett provided an overview of this urban design trend and how it played into his landscape architecture firm’s … Read More

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Event Recap: Tactical Urbanism with Mike Lydon

The second of ULI Northwest’s stimULI events featured Mike Lydon, author of Tactical Urbanism and principal of Streetplans. For the 40+ participants assembled at MG2’s Seattle offices on May 17th, this interactive event served up fresh ideas and a lively, engaging format. True to the experimental spirit of curiosity that distinguishes tactical urbanism from conventional “community engagement,” the event was a refreshing departure from the typical equation of powerpoint + talking head x darkened room = boring. Well supported with snacks, sweets, and beer, our late afternoon exploration started with … Read More

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Event Recap: YLG Real Estate Panel

On February 18, the ULI Northwest Young Leaders Group and the Real Estate Club at the University of Washington co-hosted a well-attended networking event and panel discussion for young professionals and current students. The event was held at Anthony’s Forum, in the Foster School of Business on the University of Washington campus. Panelists included April Mackoff, an attorney with the law firm of McCullough Hill Leary; Joe Polito, Senior Development Manager with Touchstone; Janel Charlton, Associate Broker with Real Retail; and David Otis, Vice President of Capital Markets at JLL. … Read More

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Event Recap | YLG Leadership Forum with Bob McCleskey

The most recent ULI Northwest Leadership Forum was an opportunity for the Young Leaders Group to understand what it takes to build, grow, and maintain a successful business in our industry. The guest was Bob McCleskey, CEO of Sellen Construction, who shared valuable insight into his personal background and what his company is doing to set itself apart in the local market. Sellen’s track record is impressive. During Bob’s 35 years with the company, Sellen has grown rapidly and established a breadth of large clients in a diverse array of … Read More

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Event Recap: Emerging Trends 2016 (Seattle)

In this increasingly complex world, adaptation is key to survival and competitive advantage, and the following trends speak to the flexibility, resilience, and innovation of the economy and commercial real estate market. 18-Hour Cities Secondary markets are suddenly “hip” as investors look to place capital in markets outside the 24-hour gateway cities. A Return to the Burbs? As millennials marry and start families, many are moving to the suburbs. Changes in Office Space Can aging office assets meet the current and fluid demands of tech, media, advertising, and information users? … Read More

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Press Coverage of the Thriving Communities Bicycle Tour

Nat Levy of the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce joined us for our bicycle tour on Tuesday and wrote a nice blog post about the experience. Click here to check it out.

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Recap: The 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston

The 2015 ULI Spring Meeting took place in Houston, Texas,  on May 13-14. As the 4th largest city in the United States, Houston is a key gateway for the country. In addition to being the global capitol of the oil industry, it also holds the title of most diverse city in the United States. Despite all of these facts, Houston is commonly associated with rampant urban sprawl. However, this perception is likely to be altered in the not so distant future. During the meeting, numerous tours and speakers spoke of … Read More

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