Pottstown, Pennsylvania – Advisory Service Panel

Pottstown is a borough in southeast Pennsylvania, with a rich history in iron and steel. Despite being located in a prosperous county, Pottstown has struggled to keep pace as manufacturing jobs have fled the region, much like the rest of the country. Compared to its surrounding neighbors, Pottstown has the highest concentration of poverty and lowest educational attainment, and the highest rates of unemployment and adults who lack a regular source of health care. The housing stock is old and in need of repair and renovation. The proliferation of nonprofit organizations, including an elite school and hospital, inadvertently keep the tax base low, which has affected the financial health of the Borough, resulting in significant impacts on school quality. 

A ULI Advisory Services panel was brought in to make recommendations to the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation and local stakeholders. The Panel came up with several community-minded economic development strategies for Pottstown’s future, including economic development projects, job-enabling plans, financing and housing strategies. …
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University of Virginia Foundation – Charlottesville, Virginia – Advisory Service Panel

In 1985, the University of Virginia engaged an Urban Land Institute Advisory Service Panel to assess the potential effect of a more strategic and sophisticated program of real estate acquisition, development, and use. This eventually led to the establishment of the UVA Foundation in 1989. Thirty years later, the Foundation owns and manages nearly 5,200 acres of land including 70+ properties, and 1.85M Square feet of improved real estate – on behalf of the University of Virginia.   
The panel was conducted in conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a national movement striving to ensure that residents of urban neighborhoods throughout America have access to a high-quality park within a ten-minute walk from their homes. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which has been endorsed by over 230 mayors, involves a partnership between the Urban Land Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and the National Recreation and Park Association….
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Hemisfair – San Antonio, Texas – Advisory Service Panel

The Advisory Service Panel team came to San Antonio to provide strategic advice on the transformation of the eastern portion of the Hemisfair site downtown into an urban district with park space that serves as a focal point for the community.

The panel was conducted in conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a national movement striving to ensure that residents of urban neighborhoods throughout America have access to a high-quality park within a ten-minute walk from their homes. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which has been endorsed by over 230 mayors, involves a partnership between the Urban Land Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and the National Recreation and Park Association….
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Austin, Texas – Advisory Service Panel

An advisory services panel made recommendations to The Trail Foundation and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department on the feasibility of transferring the operation of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake to The Trail Foundation. The Advisory Services panel was conducted in conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a national movement striving to ensure that residents of urban neighborhoods throughout America have access to a high-quality park within a ten-minute walk from their homes. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which has been endorsed by over 230 mayors, involves a partnership between the Urban Land Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and the National Recreation and Park Association….
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Downtown South, Raleigh, NC – Advisory Service Panel

A ULI Panel was convened to evaluate the possibilities for Downtown South, a proposed mixed-use development consisting of approximately 1.7 million square feet of office, retail and residential located 1 mile south of the central business district on South Saunders Street. The focal point of the development is a proposed 20,000 seat soccer stadium. The panel was asked to provide strategic advice on creative financing for the development, place-making, external connectivity (including downtown, the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus, Dix Park, the Farmers Market and the Warehouse District) and steps to ensure involvement with and consideration for the adjacent neighborhoods. The panel’s visit took place August 18-23, 2019.

The panel was chaired by longtime ULI member Leigh Ferguson, the Director of Economic Development at the Downtown Development District of New Orleans. …
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BID Sustainability, Washington, District of Columbia – Advisory Service Panel

An advisory services panel made recommendations to the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) on the real estate industry’s role in achieving the city’s sustainability goals, and on how the goals can be leveraged to generate real estate value and boost economic growth in the city’s downtown. The BID encompasses a 138-block area of more than 500 commercial, residential and mixed-use properties. The BID is bordered by Massachusetts Avenue on the north, Louisiana Avenue on the east, Constitution Avenue on the south, and 16th Street on the west; and it includes the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the Verizon Center….
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Los Angeles County Fairplex, Pomona, CA – Advisory Service Panel

Under new management, the nearly 100-year-old Fairplex, a 487-acre site in Inland Empire that hosts the Los Angeles County Fair, is poised for a transformation to meet changing demographics and future market challenges. The site, which is mostly owned by Los Angeles County and straddles the cities of Pomona and La Verne, hosts about 1.2 million fairgoers and provides a variety of other events that bring more than 3 million visitors to Fairplex annually….
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Dublin, Ireland – Advisory Service Panel

Dublin’s North East Inner City (NEIC) area has many advantages including a city centre location, existing building stock, a vibrant community and adjacency to the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and other areas that have recently seen a great deal of investment. Nevertheless, it is also a district that has faced many challenges over the years. The sponsor for this panel, Dublin City Council (DCC), has approached ULI to help them develop a sustainable long-term regeneration strategy for the area. Over the years there have been numerous strategies and plans that have attempted to tackle the complex and entrenched challenges faced by the NEIC. DCC are interested in ideas for radical, transformative and innovative solutions….
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