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ULI Michigan to Award John Rakolta, Jr. of Walbridge with Lifetime Achievement Award

Urban Land Institute Michigan (ULI Michigan) is pleased to announce that John Rakolta, Jr. has been awarded the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Chairman and CEO of Walbridge is being recognized due to his strong presence and significant contributions to the real estate industry and many Michigan communities. ULI Michigan Chairman Robert Schostak made the announcement. The Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize leaders in the Michigan real estate community whose achievements throughout his or her lifetime – including contributions to real estate, civic, charitable and philanthropic endeavors – … Read More

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2017 ULI Awards – Apply Now!

Each year, ULI recognizes the best in development and policy, and ULI Awards set the standard in recognizing outstanding real estate projects, programs, & visionaries. Receive recognition for an exceptional project or program that you or a colleague developed by applying for a 2017 ULI Award: ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Recognizing best practices and outstanding development projects in both the private and public sectors. Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards: Honoring exemplary developments that meet affordable and workforce housing needs in the local community. Robert C. Larson Housing … Read More

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Grand Rapids’ Mayor and Staff Selected as 2017 Class of Daniel Rose Fellows

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National League of Cities (NLC) have selected mayors from four cities — Anchorage, Alaska; Grand Rapids, Michigan; San José, California and Washington, D.C. —  as the 2017 class of Daniel Rose Fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use. Mayors Ethan Berkowitz, Rosalynn Bliss, Sam Liccardo and Muriel Bowser will lead teams from their respective cities who will receive technical assistance on a local land use challenge from NLC, ULI and their peers from the other fellowship cities. The four … Read More

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Apply Now for the 2016-2017 Larson Center for Leadership

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Applications are now available for the 2016-2017 Larson Center for Leadership program! ULI Michigan’s annual Larson Center for Leadership – also known as the Robert C. Larson Center for Leadership – is a curriculum-based program designed to train and mentor the next generation of real estate and land use leaders in Michigan. The program is named for the late Robert C. Larson, a nationally recognized and respected Michigan real estate professional, Chairman Emeritus of Larson Realty Group, trustee of the Urban Land Institute, and former chair of the ULI Foundation. The Larson … Read More

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Now Accepting Nominations for the First Annual ULI Michigan Member Awards

ULI Michigan is currently accepting nominations for the First Annual Member Awards, to be presented at the First Annual ULI Michigan Meeting on June 20, 2016, in Detroit. 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, … Read More

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ULI Member Profile: Clifford Brown, Woodborn Partners


Clifford A. Brown is a real estate developer with over twenty years of experience in corporate and investment finance and banking, and is Managing Partner of Woodborn Partners, a Michigan-based, full-service development firm with a primary focus on real estate development and development advisory services. In this capacity, he is responsible for new business development, project management, private financing, broker relations, negotiations, planning and sourcing private equity for Woodborn Partners and its affiliate companies. Offices in both Metro-Detroit and Metro-Washington, D.C. allow Woodborn Partners to operate throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, … Read More

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Detroit Entrepreneurs Discuss Going from Pop Up to Brick and Mortar at ULI Michigan’s “Pop Culture” Event

By Mike Essian What does it take to get from concept to brick and mortar in Detroit? Our panelists tackled that question at Pop Culture: A Celebration of Pop Up Restaurants in Detroit last month. The well-attended event, which took place on March 11 at Eastern Market’s newly constructed Shed 5, featured food and drinks from some of the most exciting new concepts in Detroit – ASHE Supply Co., Atomic Chicken Café, Bon Bon Bon, Detroit City Distillery, Grey Ghost Detroit- as well as panel of these young entrepreneurs, including … Read More

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Session Call Out for The 30th Annual UM/ULI Real Estate Forum


Share your story, engage your community and expand your professional network by presenting at the 30th Annual UM/ULI Real Estate Forum, taking place November 17 in Detroit, and November 18 and 19 in Ann Arbor. ABOUT THE FORUM Now in its 30th year, the UM/ULI Real Estate Forum was born out of a commitment on behalf the University of Michigan and the Michigan District Council of the Urban Land Institute to enhance both professional and academic real estate education. Through the exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices in development and responsible … Read More

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2015 Annual Report

FY15 Annual Report

Discover how our members have advanced ULI’s mission and enhanced communities around the world. Read More

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ULI Selects Detroit as Host City for 2018 Spring Meeting

The Urban Land Institute has selected Detroit to host the organization’s prestigious international 2018 Spring Meeting. The conference, expected to bring more than 3,000 people to the city will run Tuesday through Thursday, May 1-3, 2018. ULI Michigan host committee co-chairs, Eric Larson, Mark LoPatin and Robert Taubman made the announcement. “It’s been 40 years since ULI has hosted a national meeting of this scale in Detroit. We’re honored and delighted to have the leading real estate professionals from throughout the world see the transformation of our city first hand,” … Read More

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