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

Aerial view of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

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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Jim Bieri Named ULI Foundation Governor


Jim Bieri, ULI Michigan Advisory Board Member, Larson Center for Leadership Co-Chair, former District Council Co-Chair, and Principal of Stokas Bieri Real Estate, has been named a ULI Foundation Governor. The ULI Foundation’s sole mission is to encourage charitable giving among ULI’s members and partners to support ULI programs and initiatives. By becoming a ULI Foundation Governor, ULI members make the commitment to embrace and sustain ULI’s mission—a cause that is transformative, profound, and shapes people’s lives. By supporting ULI, the ULI Foundation Governors support outcomes, and ULI’s ripple effect is tremendous—in … Read More

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ULI Michigan Receives Creative Placemaking Grant to Fund Ideation for New Henry Ford Cancer Center

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ULI Michigan has been awarded a $5,000 creative placemaking grant from ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, with the generous support of the Kresge Foundation. Working with partner Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), the grant will be used to host a workshop with national and local experts to generate placemaking ideas for the new, state-of-the-art cancer center, which will be located south of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. Through the partnership with HFHS, ULI Michigan will explore opportunities to create active living, nutrition, education and community green space that links the cancer center … Read More

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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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