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ULI SF Governance Committee Member Doug Abbey Named Chairman of ULI Foundation

This article is reposted from UrbanLand Magazine.  Longtime Urban Land Institute leader and acclaimed real estate expert Douglas D. Abbey, chairman of Swift Real Estate Partners in San Francisco, has been named chairman of the ULI Foundation. Abbey, whose membership with ULI spans 37 years, began his term as Foundation chairman July 1. The ULI Foundation, now in its 48th year, provides philanthropic support for ULI’s mission-focused programs, including UrbanPlan, the Institute’s popular urban design and development course offered to high school and undergraduate students, as well as public officials; and ULI’s Advisory Services … Read More

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ULI SF Releases City of Dublin TAP Report

An ongoing initiative of ULI, Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) provide strategic advice on complex land use and real estate development issues for local clients, such as municipalities, public agencies, and non-profit developers. In late 2017, the City of Dublin reached out to ULI SF to assemble a multidisciplinary panel of experts who could aid in its efforts to initiate planning work for the community’s downtown district, asking the panel to provide “concrete and actionable” next steps. Drawing from our seasoned professional membership base of 2,200, ULI SF composed a panel of professionals … Read More

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Tune In: ULI SF’s Own Matt Slepin Interviews SF Planning Director and ULI SF Board Member John Rahaim on Leading Voices in Real Estate Podcast

Tune into ULI San Francisco member Matt Slepin’s excellent podcast interview with San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim. John talks about his time spent working in Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA before coming to become the Planning Director in San Francisco. John opens up about diversifying the Planning Department’s responsibilities, including co-leading the city’s efforts on sea level rise and building a community development team focused on stabilizing vulnerable neighborhoods, to leading the city’s efforts on transportation planning. Also discussed are San Francisco’s major challenges, John’s advice to aspiring planners, and … Read More

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Housing the Bay Summit Summary and Overview

How do you solve the Bay Area housing crisis? That deceptively concise question has been driving the work of our members and staff for the better part of the last year. Indeed, beyond any other issue area, the topic of housing was identified by our members as the primary area where they felt that ULI could best utilize our strengths to discern, convene, and help to build consensus around solutions and a tangible path forward. The sold-out Housing the Bay Summit, ULI SF hosted on March 23rd at Hotel Nikko, … Read More

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ULI SF Sustainability Corner – April 2018

Want to know the latest on what’s happening in the world of sustainability and real estate in the Bay Area? We’ve gathered and curated a round-up of sustainability news to keep our members up-to-date.  To get more involved in ULI’s sustainability work, please see the Sustainability Committee website or email Casey Pond. ULI SF Event Recap: Energy Storage in Commercial Real Estate Energy storage in commercial real estate is quickly becoming a hot topic in the industry. ULI SF’s Sustainability Committee hosted an informative program on the topic and put together … Read More

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Why California Building Owners Need to Consider Energy Storage

The following post is a recap of ULI San Francisco’s recent program “The Benefits of Energy Storage and CRE.”  While Tesla’s Gigafactory may not yet be fully operational, the global energy storage market has taken off and continues to gain momentum as building owners and utilities recognize the potential financial and reliability benefits. And unlike the battles over solar, energy storage is shaping up to be a win-win for both CRE users and utilities. But this was not always the case, according to Janice Lin, Chairperson of the Global Energy … Read More

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Housing the Bay Speakers Series: Dr. Antwi Akom on Equity, Place, Race, and Data

At the heart of the urban housing crisis are the topics of equity, inclusion, and place. ULI San Francisco sat down with Dr. Antwi Akom, Director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab—a joint research lab between UCSF and SFSU, for the final installment of the Housing the Bay Summit Meet the Speakers Interview Series. In the interview, Dr. Akom talks about how to define equity, how to measure it, the connection between race and place, and the ways in which data scientists and social researchers are working to … Read More

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Housing the Bay Speakers Series: An Interview with David Steinwedell, CEO of Affordable Central Texas

We often hear calls for creative financing tools to build and maintain levels of affordability in high-pressure housing markets. Indeed, determining how to finance the “missing middle” has become a familiar challenge in not just the Bay Area, but also in many competitive housing markets. In the latest interview in our ongoing Meet the Speakers Series, ULI SF sits down with former ULI Austin Executive Director David Steinwedell, whose career working in private equity and passion to give back prepared him for his latest challenge: creating and managing the cutting-edge … Read More

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Housing the Bay Speakers Series: An Interview with Vancouver City Council Member Andrea Reimer

In many ways, the Vancouver housing environment shares common elements of housing supply and affordability issues that are increasingly observed here in the Bay Area and California. Over the last fifteen years, Vancouver market demands have skyrocketed while housing supply has trailed further and further behind. ULI SF sat down with Vancouver City Council Member Andrea Reimer to talk about her work to increase affordability, enhance the quality of community engagement, and to discuss what lessons the Bay Area can learn from Vancouver’s 10+ years of work combatting housing affordability … Read More

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TAPs Bring Expert Insight to Bay Area Land Use and Real Estate Challenges

Historically, one of ULI SF’s most community impact-oriented programs, Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) provide expert, multidisciplinary advice to local governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations facing complex land use and real estate issues in the greater Bay Area. TAP panels are made up of senior-level experts drawn from ULI SF’s 2,300 members and are comprised of CEOs, partners, executives, and policymakers — all of whom are ready to leverage their skills, experience, and expertise to give back to the communities with which we partner. ULI SF has conducted over thirty TAPs … Read More

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