Author Archives: Alison Watch

About Alison Watch

Associate, Urban Land Institute Michigan

Now Accepting Nominations for the Second Annual ULI Michigan Member Awards

ULI Michigan is currently accepting nominations for the Second Annual ULI Michigan Member Awards, to be presented at the Second Annual ULI Michigan Meeting. We are seeking nominations in the following award categories: Outstanding Leadership Award Women’s Leadership Initiative Elevation Award Young Visionary Award Community Builder Award Outstanding Leadership Award The ULI Michigan Outstanding Leadership Award recognizes a local member, who through his or her involvement in the Urban Land Institute has come to embody the Mission of ULI; providing leadership in the responsible use of land, and in creating and sustaining … Read More

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In The News: A Detroit Neighborhood, and a Blueprint for the Future

John Petz, co-chair of the Urban Land Institute Michigan Programs Committee, gives Bridge readers a look into ULI’s Larson Center for Leadership’s, Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) and the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation’s partnership with the Michigan District Council of the Urban Land Institute, to create a series of recommendations and achievable solutions. The result of the nearly six-month process was a report entitled Grandmont Rosedale, Detroit: Creating Density through Housing and Retail Diversification. Petz outlines the series of strategies that were made to maximize the full potential of the community. … Read More

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ULI is its Members

You deliver on our mission. You enhance our communities. You shape the future of our industry. We wanted to know how we could make an even greater impact and provide an even better experience for members. You told us how important ULI is to you and what could be improved. We have listened and we have made substantial changes. Fundamentally, this means more opportunities for more members. Watch the full video to see how we are improving the ULI experience. Our work is not finished. We are just getting started. … Read More

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Apply Now for the Women’s Leadership Initiative 2017 Fall Meeting Scholarship

Since 2012, the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) has awarded scholarships to women members to participate in the Fall Meeting.  These scholarships are awarded in recognition of a member’s contributions to ULI and demonstrated commitment to real estate and land use issues.  Further selection criteria is a member’s ability to articulate the benefits of WLI involvement and Fall Meeting attendance to advance their professional interests and pursuits as well as their future involvement with ULI. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who have 7+ years in the real estate or … Read More

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ULI Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner Party Pictures

On Thursday, May 18, more than 400 guests attended a dinner at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, where Urban Land Institute Michigan presented a lifetime achievement award to John Rakolta Jr., chairman and CEO of Walbridge. ULI Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner: Party Pictures DBusiness May 24, 2017

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ULI Entrepreneur Profiles: Clifford Brown of Woodborn Partners

Detroit’s own Clifford Brown of Woodborn Partners is the featured entrepreneur in the May 2017 edition of Urban Land Institute‘s Entrepreneur Profiles! Entrepreneur Profiles are conversations with real estate development professionals who, in most cases, have recently made the leap into the industry whether as young individuals fresh out of school or as mid-career transitions. With a focus on small-scale developers often doing incremental and transformative work, these are quick and easy to read profiles to raise awareness of these professionals. By telling their stories, the Urban Land Institute hopes … Read More

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In The News: Collaborative Real Estate Development Program Makes a Difference Across Metro Detroit

This feature article takes a look into Urban Land Institute’s, Robert C. Larson Center for Leadership Program and how it began. The article features members of the program and of ULI and has them speak about what program members do and how they take on projects to refresh communities. Collaborative Real Estate Development Program Makes a Difference Across Metro Detroit By Patrick Dunn Model D May 15, 2017

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In The News: Experts offer 3 ways to make Grand Rapids more equitable

ULI in action! MLive.com covered the Rose Center for Public Leadership study tour in Grand Rapids last week, read up on the panel’s time in the city and the final recommendations presented to City of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and her team. Experts offer 3 ways to make Grand Rapids more equitable By Amy Biolchini Mlive.com March 23, 2017

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Rose Center to Advise Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss on Using Development Incentives to Advance Community Goals

The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working this week with Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to explore new and innovative ways the city can best utilize public land and finance incentives to support the community’s vision of vibrant neighborhoods with high-quality parks, a riverfront recreation trail, more mobility and housing options and economic opportunity for people from all walks of life. “We look forward to hosting the Rose Center team and getting input on … Read More

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Eastside Story: 2017 Larson Center TAP Report to Focus on Three East Detroit Neighborhoods

ULI Michigan has partnered with the City of Detroit Department of Housing and Revitalization for the 2016-2017 Larson Center for Leadership Technical Assistance Panel (TAP), which will focus on three neighborhoods in east Detroit; Cornerstone Village, East English Village, and MorningSide. The three neighborhoods, collectively referred to as the Far East Side, are bedroom communities with a solid, diverse housing stock, commercial corridor framework, and infrastructure assets to support a vibrant, livable, tight knit community. However, many areas within the Far East Detroit boundary struggle with high residential vacancies, sporadic … Read More

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