Category Archives: Center For Leadership

Atlanta in Context: Reflecting on our past. Focusing on our future.

By Matt Scofield “Atlanta Rising” by Atlanta journalist Frederick Allen laid the groundwork for Day 1 of Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership Class of 2015. As an Atlanta native, I was aware of much of Atlanta’s history, but found the book provided interesting insights and revelations about how Atlanta became the Capitol of the South and intimate details of how Atlanta’s movers and shakers got this done. The day kicked off in the GWCC Authority’s Boardroom where Sarah Kirsch, Executive Director for ULI Atlanta, welcomed the Class of 2015. … Read More

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Center for Leadership Announces the Class of 2015!

We are pleased to announce the Center for Leadership Class of 2015.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who assisted with the application process and interviewed our candidates.  This will be our largest CFL class since the inception of the program in 2009. The first class of the year will convene on September 19th. James Alexander, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Andrew Allman, Regent Partners Dee Dee Beaty, Atlanta Housing Authority Jason Braga, Mercy Housing Southeast Caleb Brenneman, LaSalle Investment Management David Burch, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP John Crocker, MARTA Patrick Davis, … Read More

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Turning Visions into Reality

Leadership in Design and Construction Center for Leadership Day 7 Recap By Renee Hartley When an owner or real estate development team stands at center field on the 50-yard line, clutching its visions and ideas under its arm, ready to launch the ball into play, who quarterbacks and runs those visions and ideas down field, play by play, maneuvering obstacles and coordinating team member movements, ultimately carrying the ball over the goal line to score the touchdown for a team victory that turns the intangible vision into tangible reality?  It … Read More

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Economic Development: Getting What We Pay For

by Theresa Hubbard Like “smart growth” versus sprawl, all economic growth is not created equal. The justification for a government’s economic development incentives (in one form or another, the doling out of monetary assistance to businesses) is that they will ultimately improve the quality of life of its citizens – their education and skills, health, financial sustainability and environment. Do all such government incentives achieve, or even really target, these public goods? In other words: Are we getting what we paid for? At the March 2014 session of the Center … Read More

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City Building is All About Choices

by Carlos Perez Day 5 of our ULI Center for Leadership Class taught us that city building, through housing and urbanism, is all about choices; choices that ultimately have an impact on facilitating healthy living and positive human interaction. As professionals in the field of building cities, we may sometimes take for granted that the the cities that we inhabit today were not a product of inevitability, but rather a result of past choices. Choices that professionals, like us, made related to planning cities at a regional or city-wide scale, … Read More

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What is Community Building?

by Michael Phillips What is community building? How is it accomplished? How can we, as emerging leaders contribute? These questions and others were at the core of our program day titled ‘Community Building’ on December 5, 2013. We heard from private developers, public officials and even took a stab ourselves at a relevant project affecting Atlanta to come up with some answers. Although the perspectives were different, there were common themes that arose throughout the day. CONCENTRATED POVERTY Whether it was Greg Giornelli, President and COO of Purpose Built Communities … Read More

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Is Your Glass Half Full?

by Sean Donahue Optimism, a key, if not downright necessary trait of real estate developers, was the underlying theme of the day, from start to finish, at Day 3 of ULI’s Center for Leadership Class of 2014, which was hosted until early afternoon by McKenna Long & Aldridge in their spectacular 53rd floor suite. The events of the day ran the gamut from an overview of government monetary policy, to a down and dirty tour of the under construction Krog Street Market. As with most other CFL sessions, the subject … Read More

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Regionalism & Infrastructure – Ideas & Leadership Come Together

by John Moores From the windows of the 5th floor conference room of Perkins+Will’s offices along Peachtree Street in midtown overlooking the thick green canopy of the Prado, we gathered for a day of discussion on Regionalism. The chairs of the day were Brian Hooker, Director of Real Estate, The Atlanta BeltLine; Jon Tuley, Principal Planner, Atlanta Regional Commission; and Katie Elliott, Senior Associate, Jones Lang LaSalle. Kicking off the day with exuberance was Mayor Bucky Johnson, educator turned public servant, who relocated from Atlanta to the City of Norcross, … Read More

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What would Mayor Hartsfield do?

CFL Day One: Atlanta In Context – What would Mayor Hartsfield do? By Rachel Tobin “What would Mayor Hartsfield do?” After reading our homework, “Atlanta Rising” by the inimitable Atlanta journalist Frederick Allen, I started thinking about the challenges facing Atlanta – transportation, education, water, job creation – wondering, “What would Mayor Hartsfield do today?” The book laid the groundwork for Day 1 of Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership Class of 2014, putting “Atlanta in Context.” Hartsfield was the six-term, pragmatic and visionary mayor who craftily sidestepped thorny issues … Read More

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ULI Atlanta Announces the Center for Leadership Class of 2014

The Urban Land Institute of Atlanta is pleased to announce the 32 members of the Center for Leadership Class of 2014. Now in its fifth year, the ULI Center for Leadership (CFL) is a nine-month program for emerging leaders in the real estate and land-use industries. Individuals will leave the program with the understanding that by bringing together smart people with diverse background and expertise, there is no problem the region can’t tackle. “The Center for Leadership was the best education I’ve ever had on how my work fits into … Read More

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