Tracy Huggins, the executive director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA), became the new chair of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado on July 1. Huggins was named vice chair in 2015 and will serve as chair of a 25-member executive committee until June 30, 2019.
Huggins directs the agency’s involvement in redevelopment with combined DURA financing of close to $643 million, leveraging $7 billion in private investment. Huggins also manages DURA’s housing rehabilitation programs, which the authority administers for the city’s Office of Economic Development.
Since joining DURA in October 1992, Huggins has overseen the agency’s financial involvement in significant redevelopments, including the 9th and Colorado, Downtown, St. Anthony’s (SLOANS), and and REI Denver flagship store.
Huggins is a certified public accountant. She sits on the boards of directors of the Mountain States Employers Council, Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, 9 Health Fair Board and Finance Committee and is a 2001 graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
She participates in the city’s Executive Development Council providing policy direction on various development projects in Denver. Huggins earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of Montana. She is married and has three children.
“As the Mayor observed in his State of the City address, we have been almost too successful in revitalizing and growing our city,” says Huggins. “ULI Colorado will continue to address both the promise of revitalization and the challenges of gentrification, which are issues in urban communities across our state.”
Huggins succeeds developer Amy Cara, who joined East West’s Riverfront Park team when this 54-acre urban community was born in 1999. Cara was recently named managing partner of East West’s Denver office. During her 2015-2017 term, ULI Colorado grew its membership by more than 15 percent, conducted a dozen advisory services programs, launched a publications program with policy papers on affordable housing and gentrification, and hosted large and successful Impact Awards and TOD Marketplace events. Cara was particularly supportive of such diversity programs as the Women’s Leadership Initiative and Real Estate Diversity Initiative.