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ULI Michigan Spring Real Estate Summit

April 29, 2019 @ 8:00 am
April 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
COBO Center
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226 United States


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Connect with the World of Real Estate: ULI Michigan Spring Summit April 29th-30th, 2019

ULI Michigan will hold the inaugural Spring Real Estate Summit on Tuesday April 29-30th, in Detroit. The Conference will focus on urban regeneration, mixed-use development, and real estate market trends. The conference will feature roundtables, dynamic concurrent sessions, and keynote presentations.

On the afternoon of April 29th, we will hold several exclusive tours. The tours will focus on new and unique projects, as well as local real estate trends. Tours will be separately ticketed and available for registration in advance.

The conference will cover a variety of important real estate focused topics and participants will include developers, investors, government officials, academics, architects, urban planners, and other service providers.


Monday April 29th, 2019

3:00pm-5:00pm- Development Tours


(Tours will take place simultaneously, choose only one

-Ferndale: Search Optics Campus

-New Center: The Platform

-Herman Kiefer Site

-Downtown: Bedrock

-Corktown: The Corner

-Pullman Parc Site

5:00pm-7:00pm- Opening Reception at Shinola Hotel

Tuesday April 30th, 2019

8:30am-9:00am –Registration and Networking

9:00am-9:15am– Welcoming Remarks

9:15am-10:45am– Roundtables (Three 20 minute rotations)


-Matching Commercial Real Estate and Tenant Amenities with Jill Brack, Broder & Sachse Real Estate

Neighborhoods: Jefferson East with Derric Scott;  Grandmont Rosedale and Live6 with Cecily King, Live6 and Sherita Smith, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation; Southwest Detroit and Corktown; North End and Midtown with James Feagin, Vanguard Community Development Corporation and Elise Fields, Midtown Detroit Inc.

-Strategies to Alleviate Construction Bottleneck with Dannis Mitchell, Barton Mallow and Oscar Notz, Turner Construction

-Women in Development with Jenifer Acosta, Acosta Development

-Next Generation of Real Estate, How are Young Professionals Changing the Industry? Monique Becker and Bre’Ann White, Shelborne Development

-Crossing Borders: Real Estate Opportunities in Canada with Jim Williams,  RE/MAX Capital; Brittany Foley, Consulate of Canada; and Matthew Johnson, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

10:45am-11:00am– Break

11:00am-11:50am– General Session: Capital Ideas: A Close Look at Capital Markets with John Augustine, Huntington National Bank; Dennis Bernard, Bernard Financial; Cari Easterday, Midtown Detroit, Inc.; Tosha Tabron, Invest Detroit

11:50am-1:00pm-Lunch Service

1:00pm-1:45pm– Breakout Session: Hospitality Sells: Boutique Hotels as Retail Tenants

1:00pm-1:45pm-Breakout Session: Turning Over a New Leaf: Climate Change and Real Estate with ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance

1:45pm-2:00pm– Rotation Break

2:00pm-2:45pm– Breakout Session: Are You in the Zone? A Closer Look at Successful Opportunity Zone Investments with Valerie Grunduski, Plante Moran; Mark Bennett, The Enterprise Securities Company; Bryan Kieler, PNC; and Jill Ferrari, Shelborne Development

2:00pm-2:45pm– Breakout Session: Unlocking the Potential of State and Federal Incentives with Stacy Esbrook, MEDC; Sarah Pavelko, DEGC; and Christopher Coes, Smart Growth America

2:45pm-3:00pm– Rotation Break

3:00pm-3:45pm– Breakout Session: Level Ground: Inclusive Growth and Equitable Development with Jess Zimbabwe, National League of Cities; Katy Trudeau, City of Detroit; Chase Cantrell, Building Community Value; and Sonya Mays, Develop Detroit

3:00pm-3:45pm– Breakout Session: Business Case for Design: How to get ROI from soft cost investment with Olga Stella, Design Core;  Amy Chesterton, ROSSETTI; Julio Cedano,  City of Detroit; and Amin Irving, Ginosko Development

4:00pm-4:45pm– Keynote Closing Session

Early bird registration

Members: $125

Non-Members: $185

Registration after April 5th: 

Members: $165

Non-Members: $225

Click here to view a list of attendees.

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