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Advisory Board Meeting Recap: Opportunity Zones

In recognition of the all they do behind the scenes, committee members and sponsors of ULI Baltimore were honored at the 2018 Fall Advisory Board Dinner. Kim Clark, District Council Chair of the Urban Land Institute, began the program by highlighting the collective strength of each committee in unison with every platinum, gold, and silver sponsor. Distinguished speakers presented on Opportunity Zones while guests enjoyed a candle-lit dinner under the glistening chandeliers of Ruth’s Chris at the Pier 5 Hotel. An Opportunity Zone is a low-income area with the potential … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Mehr Pastakia, 2018 Health Leader

We’re excited to announce that ULI Baltimore member Mehr Pastakia was selected to participate in the second cohort of the ULI Health Leaders Network.  Locally, Mehr sits on the ULI Baltimore Regionalism Committee; the committee focuses on promoting best land use practices and development in the region, through collaborating with local governments, elected officials, and non-profits. This program, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, and ULI Trustee Randall Lewis, facilitates creative collaborations between land use sectors and empowers participants with actionable knowledge on development and design … Read More

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10th Annual WaveMaker Awards

Written by Ghadeer Mansour – Exposed brick and steel beams pay homage to the industrial past of the Winslow Parker Metal Building. Nestled near the glowing purple M&T Bank Stadium, the restored 20th-century building was the venue for the 10th annual WaveMaker Award Ceremony hosted by ULI Baltimore. Guests were seated in the grand room facing an imperial metal staircase, which elevated the podium and leads to a wraparound mezzanine. ULI Baltimore chairwoman Kim Clark welcomed all to the celebration of local real estate projects and visionaries. To kick off … Read More

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Urban Innovation Grant Winners

Earlier this year, ULI Baltimore announced the launch of its Urban Innovation Grants program.  The District Council awarded a limited number of grants up to $5,000.00 to support innovative projects that address land-related issues in the District Council territory. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Urban Innovation Grants are the following organizations: Fayette Street Outreach Organization Project: S.O.U.P. Urban Garden South Baltimore Learning Center  Project: SLBC Energy Audit St. Francis Neighborhood Center Project: Count On Me Community Center Renovation Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc.  Ynot … Read More

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Partnership Forum Mentor Panel

For the second year, a Mentor Panel event was held as a recap to the first few months of Partnership Forum.  The event was held on September 16th at Brightview Senior Living offices downtown.  It served as a great opportunity for all Partnership Forum participants to not only hear what the other Groups events were throughout the summer but also allow all mentees and mentors across all groups to engage with each other.  Mentees were able to ask questions of the mentors and also state their key takeaways from the program … Read More

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WLI Dinner Series Recap

Written by Ghadeer Mansour – ULI Members filled Blue Hill Tavern overlooking the city for the 4th Women’s Leadership Initiative Dinner Speaker Series hosted by ULI Baltimore. Cathie Bryant, Janet Meyer, and Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire are three women in the professions of architecture and real estate development. They reflected on their journeys thus far in a panel discussion moderated by Ann Tyler of BCT Architects. The women shared their definitions of success and their means of navigating career transitions. They drew on their experiences ranging from corporate leadership to entrepreneurship … Read More

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Content Before Cocktails: 414 Light Street

Written by Ghadeer Mansour – September 20, 2018 – During a late summer sunset, members of ULI Baltimore gathered at the outdoor terrace of 414 Light Street. As the newest addition to the Baltimore skyline, 414 Light Street is the city’s first luxury mixed-use development consisting of apartments, garage spaces, and retail units. At the podium were Stephen Gorn and his son Zachary Gorn, developers of family-owned Questar Properties. They began the evening by acknowledging those who brought the project to life: the lenders, architects, civil engineering team, designers, legal team, contractor, jurisdictional agencies in planning, licensing, transportation, … Read More

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Application Deadline Extended! 2018 Etkin Johnson Student Scholar Program

The application period for the 2018 Etkin Johnson Student Scholarship program is now open!  Interested candidates must submit applications by October 5th, 2018 to Danielle.Dunlap@uli.org.  Learn more and find the application HERE. About the Program The Urban Land Institute Foundation (ULIF) received a generous contribution from ULIF Governor Bruce Etkin to support undergraduate and graduate students in real estate-related programs at four District Councils. ULI Baltimore used the grant funding in 2017 to develop its first Student Scholarship program that provides a unique professional development opportunity for local university students and … Read More

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Grant Opportunity: Urban Innovation Grants

ULI Baltimore Urban Innovation Grants ULI Baltimore is proud to announce the launch of its Urban Innovation Grants. The District Council will award a limited number of grants up to $5,000.00 to support innovative projects that address land-related issues in the District Council territory.   Eligible Projects Innovative projects that will accelerate solutions to a local real estate-related problem.   Size of Grants: $1,000-$5,000.00 Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit, community organization, or public agency. Private businesses or property owners may apply if they can demonstrate a strong partnership with a public, nonprofit, or … Read More

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Content Before Cocktails: Merritt Clubs – Canton

On July 18th, ULI Baltimore hosted its signature monthly event, Content Before Cocktails, at the newly expanded Merritt Clubs 24-hour Canton location.  The event began with a courtside presentation by several Merritt team members. Guests then separated into groups that completed the tour on the new rooftop for sunset cocktails and appetizers. Speakers: Josh Asbury Merritt Construction Senior Project Manager Patrick Huhra Merritt Construction Project Manager Steve Roop Merritt Clubs Director of Food & Beverage   Completed in Spring 2018, the Canton Redevelopment consists of an 8-Story expansion with 6 floors … Read More

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