ULI St. Louis News

Tapping the Best, by Paul Ellis

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch February 5, 2019 Interstate 64 at Illinois Highway 159 is the busiest intersection of any road south of Interstate 80 in Illinois with a traffic count of 75,000 cars a day. It also marks the spot of an enigma — the seemingly well-placed but struggling Fairview Heights Plaza shopping center. The retail center fell into receivership following the Great Recession, but this spring it will be re-energized with a family entertainment anchor thanks in part to some of the best minds in real estate provided … Read More

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Building Development Capacity in the Promise Zone

ULI St. Louis, in partnership with the St. Louis Promise Zone, the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber, and Midwest Bank Centre, is presenting a series of capacity-building workshops for individuals interested in real estate and community development. The workshops are open the public and are held on the third Tuesday of the month through June 2019. Full flyer here. Jan. 13 – Working with Funding Agencies and Acquiring Property Feb. 19 – Road Map of Municipal Approvals and Entitlements* Mar. 19 – What does civic and community engagement look like?* … Read More

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Greenways a Magnet for Growth, Urban Land STL Speakers Say

Trail Oriented Development

From Construction Forum STL: by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL There’s a new book out “The Next American City: The Big Promise of Our Midsize Metros”  that begins its story with a wakeup call. The author is Nick Cornett, former four-term mayor of Oklahoma City. Cornett writes that the rude awakening for his city was losing a  major United Airlines facility to Indy — not for lack of incentives but because — well, who would want to live in Oklahoma City? “Oklahoma City was an incredible place to … Read More

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Chip Crawford, FASLA, Named ULI St. Louis Chair

Chip Crawford

Chip Crawford, FASLA, senior principal at BatesForum,the design practice of Clayco, has been named chair of the Urban Land Institute – St. Louis District Council(ULI St. Louis). Active in ULI locally and nationally for more than 10 years, Crawford has helped advance the organization’s responsible land use mission in the St. Louis region.  He has served as the chair for mission advancement, chair and participant of several area Technical Assistance Panels (TAP), and co-chair of the ULI St. Louis Equitable Communitiesinitiative. On a national level, Chip is a member of … Read More

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Leveraging Opportunities around NGA West 2


On July 19, the St. Louis community is invited to a lunch meeting and panel discussion by SLDC regarding the opportunities surrounding the $1.75 billion National Geospatial Agency in North St. Louis. Key topics of discussion will include: With construction of the new $1.75 billion National Geospatial Agency, what are the opportunities for development surrounding it? How can federal Opportunity Zone tax incentives support the area’s redevelopment? What impact will Federal Promise Zone designation have for economic activity, work force, education, crime, health & wellness? Moderated by Jay Watson, Project Connect Liaison … Read More

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Technology advances real estate development and land use planning

Technology & Real Estate Panel Discussion

At a recent panel discussion hosted by ULI St. Louis, industry experts laid out for the audience a range of technological advancements that are impacting land use and real estate development. From real-time tracking of traffic patterns, to AI-assisted financing contract review, to construction site monitoring, a host of innovations are making our businesses run faster and allowing for more efficient delivery of goods and services. What does this mean? While companies are leaning more on artificial intelligence (AI) to scan hundreds or thousands of documents to find specific language … Read More

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Connect with Opportunities, Knowledge and Each Other!


ULI has recently launched several tools that will help ULI members (yes, you have to be a member to gain access) expand their knowledge base, find leadership opportunities and better connect with other ULI members in St. Louis and around the world. Navigator – Connect with ULI opportunities to learn, lead, and grow with Navigator. Knowledge – Connect to an expanding library of member-generated content and ideas with Knowledge Finder. Members – Connect with the global ULI network anytime, anywhere with Member Directory. Not yet a member of ULI and … Read More

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Need help complying with the City’s new Building Energy Awareness Ordinance?

City Energy Project

If you own a building in the City of St. Louis that is subject to the City’s new Building Energy Awareness Ordinance, there are a host of relatively quick training sessions on tap for this spring, to help you get up to speed. The City of St. Louis, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, BOMA St. Louis, Downtown STL, Inc and IFMA St. Louis Chapter are co-hosting opportunities to learn how to comply. Benchmarking 101 Session – An overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY … Read More

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Want to learn more about Economic Development?

Fundamentals of Economic Development

The Chancellor’s Certificate in Economic Development course kicks off March 1! ULI St. Louis, together with Bi-State Development Agency andUMSL, is once again pleased to present an 8-module Chancellor’s Certificate in Economic Development, launching on March 1, 2018. Economic development is key to regional success. This Chancellor’s Certificate program, Fundamentals of Economic Development, covers economic and community development concepts and tools to attract, assess, and support development and redevelopment opportunities in our communities. Course modules, held in the heart of the Cortex Innovation Community, will lead participants through the steps necessary to develop and implement economic development plans and projects. Led by senior economic development practitioners, the … Read More

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UrbanPlan 2018 – Volunteer Training Jan. 12


Interested in volunteering with UrbanPlan in the coming year? Then join us on Jan. 12! UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging, and academically challenging classroom-based, project-based program in which students learn the roles, issues, trade-offs, and economics involved in urban development. It provides high school students – our future voters, neighbors, community leaders, public officials, and land use professionals – with a hands-on experience in developing realistic land use solutions to vexing urban growth challenges.   Two high schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will be running Urban Plan in the Spring semester and we … Read More

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