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Michael Leccese’s Letter from Detroit

More than 4,000 ULI members (including 156 from Colorado) poured into Motown to experience a city whose revival seems in full swing—but still with a daunting way to go. Much of the credit seems to go to the city’s tag-team billionaires, Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans and Chris Ilitch of Little Caesars pizza. The two have invested or engineered $8 billion worth of revitalization, as they discussed before a packed opening session on Wednesday, May 2. Gilbert (net worth said to be $6.5 billion) has taken on Detroit’s once-deserted downtown … Read More

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ULI Colorado Raises Design Bar at 3rd DAM forum

On April 25, ULI Colorado held its third Design Forum since 2015 raising the question: has the design and construction of our buildings and public spaces gotten better or worse? As the public increasingly objects to the design and development work ULI members do, the question has become much more than academic. And what can be done to raise the bar? A sold-out crowd at Denver Art Museum’s 275-seat Sharp Auditorium heard a panel featuring two out of town speakers and local leaders address these issues in a lively (and … Read More

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Farewell from Charles Allison-Godfrey

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I’m writing with the bittersweet news that my final day with ULI Colorado will be Tuesday, April 10.  I’ll be starting at Denver University’s Sturm College of Law at the beginning of August, and will take a few months to spend time with family, travel, and prepare for my next step. I plan to stay involved with land use throughout my education and afterwards, and hope to study different sectors of land use law before identifying a concentration.  When I began working for the amazing team … Read More

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Raising the Bar: Chris Waggett, moderator, interviewed on Design

We’re getting more and more excited for our program, Raising the Bar for Colorado Design and Development, taking place on Wednesday, April 25, from 3-7pm at the Denver Art Museum and The Art Hotel. In anticipation of the event, our moderator Chris Waggett sat down for a short conversation regarding his views on design with ULI Young Leader and Partnership Forum participant, Nate Baumgart. Listen to the interview here Chris Waggett will be moderating our 4/25 program, taking place at the Denver Art Museum, He has ~33 years’ experience working … Read More

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Recap: Leadership Connection with Roxane White

By Lindsey Delecki, 9th + Colorado Development Manager, Continuum Partners; Co-chair, Leadership Connections Subcommittee, ULI Colorado Roxanne White, Innovator in Residence at The Aspen Institute, shared the story of her “amazing, fabulous, accidental career” with a captivated audience at ULI’s Leadership Connection event on February 26th. From rural Montana, Roxanne studied religion in college and became a minister. Rather than taking the traditional path within a church, she detoured to San Francisco’s most notorious neighborhoods and worked with homeless youth as a social worker.  Eventually settling in Denver with her … Read More

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Healthy Corridors Workshop on South Broadway

An enormous thank you to all of our national level panelists who spent the past 3 days studying the South Broadway Corridor in Englewood and creating recommendations to make it a healthier place to live, travel, and work. About the Healthy Corridors Project: Across the U.S., communities aspire to become more economically vibrant, equitable, healthy, and sustainable places. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Colorado Health Foundation (CHF), Urban Land Institute (ULI) has created a national study to transform typical strip corridors into healthy places to … Read More

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ULI Colorado is Hiring!

This position is now closed. ULI Colorado is hiring a Senior Associate! Here’s your chance to work with the best team in town. The Senior Associate is the junior position on a close-knit, collaborative, hardworking, and fun-loving staff of four serving ULI Colorado’s 1,200 members and the greater community of Colorado commercial real estate, design, engineering, and land use planning sectors. The ideal candidate will be a tactful “people person” with a passion for and basic professional and educational background in ULI’s core issues of urban sustainability. Continue reading and … Read More

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ULI Healthy Corridors Initiative in Colorado – update

By Sarah Franklin and Marianne Eppig ULI Healthy Corridors Initiative in Colorado Since Spring 2015, though the Building Healthy Corridors program, ULI Colorado has worked with stakeholders to strategize ways to improve the built environment along auto-oriented corridors to positively influence public health. In 2015-16, the first Healthy Corridors study took place in a 2.2-mile section of Federal Boulevard. Successful workshops in July 2015 (a local activity run by the Colorado District Council) and January 2016 (through a national study) brought 60+ national and local ULI expert volunteers in to … Read More

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New Vice Chair: Mike Zoellner, ZF Capital

Mike Zoellner of ZF Capital has been named vice chair for the Colorado District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado). He will serve in that role with chair Tracy Huggins, executive director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, through June 2019, when he succeeds Huggins for a two-year term as chair.   ZF Capital is a Colorado investment company focused on developing and acquiring multifamily and mixed-use properties. Before forming ZFC this year, Mike was a founding partner of RedPeak Properties (15 years) and Legacy Partners (formerly the … Read More

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Urban Land Institute selects 16 Etkin Johnson Student Scholars From CU Denver, CU Boulder, CSU, and University of Denver

For immediate release: Sixteen Colorado undergraduate and graduate students have been awarded ULL Colorado’s Etkin Johnson Student Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. Now in its third program year, the scholarship allows Colorado students in architecture, finance, planning, public health and real estate development to participate as members in 40-plus programs and activities hosted by Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado, including panel discussions, lectures, and insider tours of new development projects. Etkin Johnson Student Scholars will also receive one-on-one and small group access to ULI leaders. The program was founded … Read More

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