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The Search for Equity in Neighborhood Revitalization

March 3, 2017
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mile High United Way
711 Park Ave W
Denver, CO 80205 United States
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View the presentation from breakout session #1 here: main-presentation-session-1

View the presentation from breakout session #2 here: main-presentation-session-2

Note: Space for this program is limited to select invitations and limited seating. If you are interested in attending this program, please fill out this form of interest and we will respond within 24 hours. You may also contact charles.allisongodfrey@uli.org with registration questions. Thank you.

With housing prices soaring and incomes stagnant, many Colorado neighborhoods are feeling the crunch causing social and cultural upheaval. At the same time neighborhoods need new investment and renewal. Where is the balance? What are best practices for mixed-income neighborhoods? Come participate and learn at this ULI Forum for ideas and action.


Promote conversation, identify underlying issues and opportunities, and unite community stakeholders, policy leaders, and developers into a responsible, equitable and progressive approach for neighborhood reinvestment.


Most critically and visibly in Denver, the downside of revitalization is large-scale displacement of long-time residents, who may range from ethnic minorities to artists who spurred revitalization and are now forced to leave. On the other hand, if neighborhood “natives” can stay, they may benefit from improved retail, better neighborhood infrastructure and sidewalks, school improvements, and decreased crime.
In an interactive forum, ULI and its partners will discuss how to balance new investment with mitigating factors like affordable housing, economic opportunity vitality, and social justice. The forum will examine best practices for responsible development as well as policies that prevent or mitigate displacement, embrace growth, and preserve the cultural identity of neighborhoods.

Tentative Agenda:

11:15 – 12 pm: Registration and Lunch
12 – 12:15 pm: Opening remarks
12:15 – 1 pm: Framing the issue: a national perspective; potential speakers TBA
1 – 1:15 pm: Closing of opening session; move to breakout sessions
1:15 – 2:15 pm: Breakout Sessions: local perspective and response workshops (Due to the nature of this program, attendees will not be able self select their session; all breakout sessions are pre-assigned)
2:15 – 3 pm: Session reflections and closing

eggbert-perryKeynote Speaker: Egbert Perry, Chairman and CEO, The Integral Group (invited)

Mr. Perry, born in Antigua, West Indies, co-founded Integral in 1993 to provide real estate development, advisory and investment management services in urban markets across the United States.  Since the company’s inception, he has served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Integral is a 300+-person firm which operates in over 12 cities, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Denver and Dallas.

He began his career as a construction and real estate professional in 1979 and, over a thirteen year period helped to build an Atlanta-based construction and real estate company into the nation’s 3rd largest African-American owned business.  As a result of both his professional career and his thought leadership, Mr. Perry and his firm are often sought out to speak on issues related to housing, urban economic development, neighborhood transformation, infrastructure development and public-private partnerships.  In 1990, he was inducted into the Hall of Distinction for Real Estate by Georgia State University and Real Estate Investment Advisory Council for his real estate development role in shaping the Atlanta community.

Mr. Perry was recently interviewed as a part of ULI’s new podcast series, Leading Voices. Download and listen to his interview at this link.

Breakout Session One: Maintaining Culture and Individual Responsibility

eric-kornackiModerator: Eric Kornacki, Executive Director, Re:Vision

Eric is an innovative thought leader for creating healthy, thriving and resilient communities. Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Denver, where he focused on fair trade and cooperative business models. Eric cofounded Re:Vision in 2007 and has served as the Executive Director since 2009. Re:Vision has won national awards for its innovative community food system and promotora work. Since 2009, Re:Vision has helped over 600 low-income families grow food in their own backyards, making it the largest community-led food access program in the country. Under Eric’s leadership, Re:Vision is pioneering a new neighborhood economic model that leads to community wealth, broad-based ownership, and economic empowerment for historically marginalized communities. Re:Vision is in the process of launching the Westwood Food Cooperative, one of the first grocery stores in the country owned by an economically marginalized community, as well as a community-owned land trust to prevent gentrification and involuntary displacement,
while also increasing affordable housing and community wealth. Eric has extensive programmatic and policy background in agriculture, community development, sustainability, alternative economic models, social justice and health equity. He currently serves as the co-chair for the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, which he was appointed to in 2010. He was an Agriculture Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union as well as the National Farmers Union, where he worked on cooperative development and federal farm policy. Eric is also a founding member of the Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver, and a leading member of the Colorado Health Equity Advocacy cohort.


jennewcomergciJennifer Newcomer, Director of Research, Gary Community Investments (demographic shifts in Denver’s neighborhoods)

Jennifer Newcomer is the director of Shift Research Lab, which is a program of The Piton Foundation. She leads Shift’s efforts to transform data into actionable information that improves the social sector’s ability to serve Colorado’s low-income communities. Through its products and services, Shift offers neighborhood-level data and analysis via online platforms like its flagship tool, Community Facts, performs objective research to support community change initiatives, and provides technical assistance that helps organizations build their capacity to use data. Jennifer holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the University of New Mexico.

chris-parrChris Parr, Senior Advisor, Sun Valley EcoDistrict (insulating the planning process and social impact financing)

Chris Parr is the Senior Advisor for Sun Valley EcoDistrict, a 501c3 affiliate of the Denver Housing Authority, newly formed to create and administer the vision for the revitalization of Sun Valley and its district-based solution structure. Previously Chris was the Director of Development for DHA for 10 years. Under his guidance the department financed and managed the construction or rehabilitation of over 2,600 units of housing and several community-serving commercial spaces. Prior to that Chris worked for Integral Development Group, a private developer working in various national markets. He holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Communications from Wheaton College.

veronica-barelaVeronica Barela, President and CEO, NEWSED (neighborhood resources and culture)

Veronica has been employed by NEWSED as its President and CEO since 1977. She is recognized for her skills in housing development, community-based economic development, community organizing, special events, promoting arts and culture, and civil rights work.  She has crested numerous affordable housing opportunities for local residents through creating programs that buy, rehabilitate, construct, sell and/or rent single and multi-family housing developments. In addition, her efforts have led to the creation of hundreds of new businesses and thousands of jobs in the Santa Fe Drive business corridor in Denver’s West Side.  She has led NEWSED’s production of the Cinco de Mayo Festival, El Grito, Civil Rights Awards and many others. Her vision for NEWSED is to improve the quality of life of residents of Denver through a comprehensive approach to community building.  She holds a BA in Public Administration and Psychology from Metro State College and a Masters in Public Administration at CU Denver and is a graduate of the Development Training Institute, Baltimore, Maryland. She has served on various committees and boards throughout the years and has also received numerous recognitions. Most recently she was given the Mayor’s Legacy Award for Excellence in the Arts. See video to learn about Veronica and her extensive career.Mayor’s Awards 2011 Veronica Barela Video

Breakout Session Two: An Equitable, Inclusive, and Resilient Path to Development

Moderator: Catherine Cox-Blair, Senior Advisor, Urban Solutions, National Resources Defense Council (invited)


aaron-miripolAaron Miripol, President & CEO, Urban Land Conservancy (affordable homeownership at transit locations)

Aaron Miripol has 20 years’ experience running community development and affordable housing companies. He has over seen more than $400 million in direct economic development, including over 2,000 permanently affordable homes. Aaron joined ULC in 2007 and leads this unique real estate company in partnering with a wide range of organizations in the Denver metro area on the strategic acquisition and development of land and buildings to preserve and enhance their ability to create sustainable benefits in underserved communities. To date ULC has invested in 26 properties totally $66 million, and ranging from vacant lots, to 600,000 square feet of nonprofit facilities, and preserving and developing over 1,000 units of affordable housing. Over 600 affordable units have come through the country’s first Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Fund for affordable housing, a partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, the City of Denver, Colorado Housing Finance Authority, MacArthur Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and FirstBank.  In the last year over 10,000 people (more than 80% are low income households) were served by the ULC’s acquisitions and 600 jobs are supported by its real estate.  Aaron is a board member of Wyatt Academy School;  a board member for Housing Colorado (the statewide advocate for affordable housing); and PLACE, a national advocate for community development practitioners.  Prior to his work at ULC, Aaron was the Executive Director of Thistle Community Housing, providing oversight on one of the fastest growing non-profit housing providers in Colorado. In his nine years at Thistle, the organization’s affordable housing production grew from 100 homes to 1,000 rental and ownership homes valued at over $70 million. Most importantly, Thistle grew from serving 250 people a year to over 3,000 people annually in need of affordable housing.  Before moving to Colorado, Aaron worked in Baltimore running two inner city non-profit community development corporations, Southwest Visions and The Loading Dock. He was a Goldsmith Scholar in International Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has his BA in History & International Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, and a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

renee-martinez-stoneRenee Martinez-Stone, Director, West Denver Renaissance Collaborative, Denver Housing Authority (mixed-use, mixed-income, and intergenerational housing)

Renee Martinez-Stone is the Director of the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC), an initiative of the Denver Housing Authority (DHA), the City and County of Denver, and several local non-governmental organizations. The mission of the WDRC is to foster equitable revitalization in West Denver, advance the livelihood of existing residents, leverage local partners and community leaders, and help neighborhoods to preserve and amplify their existing multicultural character. Renee’s  work is focused on: elevating underrepresented community members in the ‘placemaking’ process, supporting business district leaders, and creating a West Denver housing strategy with custom development solutions, homeowner options, and tools aimed at minimizing displacement. Renee has worked on many Denver metro infill redevelopment projects where she provided master planning, urban design, revitalization strategies, and design focused community engagement for more than 20 years as a private consultant. Renee is recognized for her “community-based” approach that creatively incorporates community stakeholders into visionary plans and award-winning projects with meaningful outcomes. Renee is a fifth generation Colorado native, wife, and mother of two daughters.

zeppelin-kyleKyle Zeppelin, Principal, Zeppelin Development (cultivating diversity and catalyzing neighborhoods)

Kyle Zeppelin is President of Zeppelin Places, a recognized developer of innovative mixed use projects in the urban core of Denver. Over the last 40+ years, the company had a major role in transforming three key urban neighborhoods – LoDo, Golden Triangle and now RiNo- with catalytic projects and community involvement. Kyle and his company received recognition and multiple awards for TAXI—the re-purposed 20 acre former Yellow Cab terminal in the River North District (RiNo) of Denver. Among Kyle’s signature projects is The Source, a new generation urban market completed in 2013. Set in an 25,000 sf 1880s former iron foundry, it includes some of the most accomplished artisan culinary groups in the region and is among the highest producing retail in the city. Construction is already underway on The Source Hotel and expanded market hall, which will further expand the scale and reach of The Source. Other recent projects in RiNo include Freight Residences–a new model for urban family housing and Gauge–a modern office/retail TOD at the new rail station in RiNo. Broader efforts in the community are focused on improving bikeability, walkability, and transit. Kyle’s free time is spent with his wife Andra, a food writer, and two young daughters, Louise and Greta.

david-zuckerDavid Zucker, Principal and CEO, Zocalo Community Development (development as a solution to social issues)

David focused on downtown redevelopment as soon as he arrived in Denver in 1990. David’s first project was the Lofts over the Wynkoop Brewery where he lived until 1995. Since the Wynkoop David established a vision for historic conversions such as the Downtown Denver and Downtown San Diego Courtyards by Marriott, both of which utilized the Historic Investment Tax Credit. In Denver, David was one of the first developers to work through, develop and sell deed-restricted, for-sale units, a program that codified in the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Of the four IHO projects in downtown Denver, David was responsible for developing three.  Since formation, Zocalo has quickly become among the best respected development companies in Colorado, recognized for thoughtful, innovative, well-timed and skillfully-executed projects. As such, Zocalo holds the record for two of the three highest price-per-unit and per-foot multi-family property sales in the state’s history. As a LEED-Accredited Professional, David oversees all aspects of project development and management to ensure they meet project specifications, budgets and timelines. As recognition, David received the Denver Business Journal’s Developer of the Year award for 2012.  David received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is board chair of the State of Colorado Housing Board and is past-chair of the board of directors of community jazz station KUVO and past-co-chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Housing Council. David co-founded the University of Denver’s Affordable Housing Conference and co-chaired the Conference’s first five years.

Breakout Session Three: Policy as a Supporting Role

brad-segalModerator: Brad Segal, Founder and President, Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.)

Brad Segal is the founder and president of Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.), a Denver-based economic development and planning consulting firm providing management, marketing and economic development services to advance downtown and community development. Brad has more than 30 years of downtown management and community development experience as both a practitioner and consultant. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on downtown trends and issues, strategic planning for organizations involved in downtown and community development, and creating business improvement districts.   Prior to establishing P.U.M.A., Brad designed and managed economic development programs as senior director of the Downtown Denver Partnership. He has served four terms on the board of directors of the International Downtown Association and is a past board president of Downtown Colorado, Inc.


dace-westDace West, Executive Director, Mile High Connects;

Dace West is the Executive Director of Mile High Connects, a broad based collaborative working to ensure that the Metro Denver regional transit system fosters communities that offer all residents the opportunity for a high quality of life.  Dace provides leadership and partner support around the organization’s research, policy advocacy, organizing, grantmaking and integration efforts. Prior to her work at Mile High Connects, Dace served as the Director of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, an office created by Denver’s Mayor in 2004 to serve as a liaison between the City and its nonprofit sector. While at DOSP, Dace was instrumental in creating the Denver Transit Oriented Development Fund, an acquisition fund to preserve affordable housing near transit; coordinated over $10 million of direct investments while leveraging an additional $50 million for energy efficiency upgrades for affordable housing and commercial facilities, and managed multiple large-scale collaborative efforts. Throughout her career, Dace has brought high level expertise in pulling together diverse partners across a variety of issues to work toward common, comprehensive goals and create real change for stronger communities.

stephen-mooreStephen Moore, Policy Director, FRESC

Stephen Moore, is the Policy Director at FRESC: Good Jobs Strong Communities. A born and raised Denver local, Stephen supports organizing campaigns advocating for Renters Rights, Affordable Housing Funding, Anti-displacement, and workforce development throughout the Denver Metro region. Currently working closely with the Anti-Displacement coalition of Globeville, Elyria, Swansea, resident leaders in Westminster, and Unincorporated Adams County; Stephen has conducted a number of community led surveys of gentrifying communities facing displacement. Stephen began his work as an advocate in West Oakland as a community organizer, and uses the knowledge attained serving a San Francisco County Commissioner and a Governor; to work with, serve, and provide resources to low-income communities and communities of color. Stephen is currently a Law Student at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

Erik Solivan, Executive Director, new Office of Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE), City and County of Denver (invited)

albus-brooksAlbus Brooks, Denver City Councilman, District 9

Councilman Albus Brooks is the City Council District 9 Representative for the City and County of Denver. His district, which encompasses downtown and most of North Denver, is not only the economic engine for the region, but also the cultural hub.  In 2011, Councilman Brooks was elected to his first term on City Council where he represented the Great District 8. An eclectic yet disconnected district, Councilman Brooks campaigned under the motto, “Connecting Diverse Communities,” a rallying cry that spoke to the values of the community and helped him defeat his 38 challengers. Councilman Brooks won this race by 2000 votes and made him the youngest Councilperson to be elected in District 8 history. This will also be remembered as the race that had the most candidates in municipal history for a single seat.  Before serving on City Council, Mr. Brooks helped then-Mayor John Hickenlooper get elected Governor of Colorado, acting as his Outreach and Political Director, managing field and constituency outreach operations. Before his time in the political arena, Mr. Brooks served as the Director of the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership (ICUL), investing in emerging leaders by leading a program that provided full-ride college scholarships and urban leadership training to Denver’s low-income minorities. Investing in Denver’s emerging leaders has always been a consistent professional theme for Mr. Brooks. Prior to working at the ICUL, he served as the Area and Finance Director for Central Denver Young Life, a program that invests in the lives of Denver’s inner-city high school students.

melinda-pollackMelinda Pollack, VP of Transit Oriented Development and Denver market leader, Enterprise Community Partners

Melinda Pollack is vice president of transit-oriented development and Denver market leader at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. She oversees Enterprise’s national initiatives dedicated to transit-oriented development (TOD) and Enterprise’s programmatic work in the Denver region. Melinda joined Enterprise in 2007 to focus on TOD financing solutions and policy efforts for the Denver region. Through this effort, she guided the creation of the Denver Regional TOD Fund, which has grown to be a $24 million tool for preservation and land acquisition for affordable housing. She founded and serves on the steering committee of Mile High Connects, a collaboration of more than 20 philanthropies and nonprofits dedicated to ensuring that all people benefit from the Denver region’s transportation expansion, with an agenda focused on transportation, housing, jobs, education and health. In addition, Melinda leads Enterprise’s work in state and local policy and the Denver Social Impact Bond (SIB), one of the first city-level SIBs in the United States to address chronic homelessness. She supports Enterprise’s equitable TOD initiatives in our markets including Seattle, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta. She also works with Enterprise’s technical assistance team, supporting federal contracts including DOT’s Ladders to Opportunity and HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. Prior to joining Enterprise, Melinda was vice president for strategic initiatives at Mercy Housing, providing consulting services related to affordable housing for health care systems and religious communities and leading Mercy’s affordable housing preservation activities. Melinda holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and human services from The George Washington University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado.


Report similar to Affordable Housing Report which builds from conversation & recommendations in event and includes interviews with community stakeholders & neighborhood case studies for continuing education.

Pricing:   Member                    Non Member
Private:     40                                       55
Public:       30                                         45
Under 35: 30                                       45
Student:    20                                       30
Retired:     20                                        30

Note: Space for this program is limited to select invitations and limited seating. You may contact charles.allisongodfrey@uli.org with registration questions. Thank you.

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