Small Scale Developer Forum: Value and the Public Realm

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September 25, 2017 @ 8:30 am
September 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Pearl District
1150 NW 9th Avenue,
Portland, OR 97209 United States
(503) 220-1339
David Mulvihill, Vice President, Professional Development


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The next ULI Small Scale Developer Forum will bring us to Portland, Oregon, a recognized epicenter for fine grained urban design, adaptive reuse, livable neighborhoods and craft beer!  As with prior Real Estate Entrepreneur Forums, our eleventh program will provide attendees a firsthand look at this hot market and the powerful relationship between small-scale development and an active, vital public realm.

Starting from our base in Portland’s celebrated Pearl District, the two-day program will incorporate interactive case studies, instructive panels, and walking tours to see real projects and examine how small-scale development can create a unique synergy with the public realm.  We will hear from experts in what makes a successful public realm, and hear how developers are curating, programming and operating active public/ private spaces inside and outside of their buildings.  We will examine innovative solutions to urban stormwater treatment as a way to create value and meeting increasingly stringent water quality standards at the public realm interface.

As with our ten prior Forums, we will be limiting space to 50 registrants to maintain the interactive, collegial nature of the Forum.  Reserve your spot now so as to not miss out on this unique learning opportunity!

Course Leader

Jim HeidJim Heid2
Healdsburg, California

Jim Heid is a real estate developer and strategic development consultant focused on the tools and techniques that lead to a more sustainable built environment. In 2000, he founded UrbanGreen® to advise established real estate companies, legacy landowners and government agencies on how to develop real estate assets that foster community change while generating appropriate economic returns.  Known for his aspirational but practical approach, he is valued for his ability to communicate the value of good design, within the realities of local market norms.

An active member of the Urban Land Institute since 1993, Jim has authored white papers and articles on sustainable design, resilience, responsible investment and small scale, incremental development.   In 2011, Jim worked closely with ULI staff to create the Real Estate Entrepreneurs Program, which began as a series of Small Scale Development Forums, held around the country.  To further the potential of this effort, in fall of 2015 he helped organize an unprecedented gathering of nine national organizations (ULI, CNU, NTBA, Locus, Preservation GreenLab, Strong Towns, National Main Streets, Incremental Development Alliance) to help align each groups’ collective efforts to promote small scale, incremental development as a practical tool for regenerating communities.

Today he is actively involved in three development projects focused on mixed use, small scale infill, and continues his role as advisor to legacy families and cities wanting to harness the power of incremental development to shape more sustainable neighborhoods.

Trained as a landscape architect, Jim received a Masters in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a way to more effectively integrate economics, development and design thinking.


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Managing Partner
Agora Partners
Los Angeles, California

Howard Kozloff is Managing Partner of Agora Partners. Agora Partners is an urban real estate investment, development and advisory firm working at the intersection of urban planning and real estate development and investment.

Prior to founding Agora Partners, Howard worked in both development and consulting, participating in opportunities ranging in scales, geographies and asset types. He has managed development and investment projects on behalf of small entrepreneurial firms, large public REITs and multi-billion dollar institutional funds.

Positions that Howard held include Director of HH Development Strategies and Director of Operations at Hart Howerton, an international planning, design and development advisory firm. In that role, he oversaw business, implementation and alternative investment strategies for projects ranging from mixed-use infill sites to mountain villages to coastal resorts. Prior to Hart Howerton, Howard was Development Manager at Santa Monica-based The Martin Group and, before that, at Macerich, a retail REIT. In both roles, Howard was actively involved in the acquisition, planning and entitlements of urban infill and retail properties. And, previous to Macerich, he was Project Manager at New York-based BRV Corp., focusing on urban neighborhood turnarounds through public/private partnerships.

Howard holds a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University, a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania. Howard also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and the University of Southern California, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning and real estate development. In addition, he has published over 50 articles and had over 25 speaking engagements in the areas of opportunistic planning and urban redevelopment.

Guest Speakers

(Additional speakers to be announced)

Lisa Abuaf
Development Manager
Prosper Portland
Portland, Oregon

Dennis Allen
Managing Partner
Urban | One
Portland, Oregon

Rob Brewster
Interurban Development
Seattle, Washington

Kevin Cavenaugh
Guerrilla Development
Portland, Oregon

Liz Dunn
Dunn + Hobbes
Seattle, Washington

Anyeley Hallova
Project PDX
Portland, Oregon

Eve Picker
President and Founder
Small Change
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jonathan Ledesma
Project PDX
Portland, Oregon

Jill Sherman
Gerding Edlen
Portland, Oregon

Tiffany Sweitzer
President and Partner
Hoyt Street Properties
Portland, Oregon

Paddy Tillett
Planning & Urban Design
ZGF Architects, LLP
Portland, Oregon


ULI Members: $850
Nonmembers: $1,130

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, reception/dinner, luncheon, and refreshments.

Cancellations, which must be made in writing or email to ULI Customer Service, will be subject to a $100 administrative fee. Cancellations must be received at least seven days prior to the start of the workshop to be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be granted thereafter. You may, however, transfer your registration, without penalty, to another member of your organization.


Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee. A limited number of rooms at a discounted room rate is available for program attendees, if registered by September 4, 2017. Book your group rate for ULI Small Scale Developers Forum or Reservations can be made by calling Marriott reservations at 1-800-331-3131 or 503-220-1339. Attendees should reference the ULI Small Scale Developers Forum.

Program Highlights

•Intimate tours of small scale projects with the development team

•Behind the scenes discussion of project challenges and how lesson learned are informing new projects

•Role of entrepreneurs in remaking cities

•Lessons learned from small scale developers

•How the public sector and small scale developers can help each other

•Networking reception and dinner with speakers