Category Archives: Guest Column

Member Spotlight on ULI Atlanta’s Next Chair, Lisa Gordon

by The Wilbert Group From real estate to relationship advice, we spoke with Gordon about her tried-and-true work ethic, passion for helping others and where to find her outside of the boardroom. As President and CEO of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Lisa Y. Gordon knows the value of sweat equity. On Tuesday following Daylight Saving Time, Gordon woke at 5 in the morning for a workout, which really felt like 4 a.m. “It’s a beautiful day in Atlanta,” she said on a call later the same day. “It’s a busy … Read More

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Strengthen Public-Private And Cross-Sector Partnerships To Face Atlanta’s Growing Housing Challenge

By: Meaghan Shannon-Vlkovic & Daphne Bond-Godfrey While its traffic-snarled highways are infamous across the nation, the Atlanta region has historically been commended as an affordable city offering more space to live and a strong job market. The latter quality of life attributes often outweighed the major congestion that daily Atlantans faced. That story is changing as cost of housing increases and is compounded by stagnant wages that aren’t keeping up with housing costs. Generally, rent is considered affordable if a household spends no more than 30 percent of its income … Read More

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Opportunity Zones Present Benefits, Challenges

By:  Matt Peurach Have you heard of OZones? They have nothing to do with ozone gas in the atmosphere. It’s short for Opportunity Zones or – more formally – Qualified Opportunity Zones. The zones are low-income communities that the U.S. Treasury designated as needing economic revitalization through new capital investment. The goal is to give low-income communities a boost by giving investors a tax break. All 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia now have opportunity zones. Each zone is a census tract with a poverty rate of … Read More

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Atlanta Ignited: ULI Atlanta’s 24th Annual Awards For Excellence Dinner

By: Stacy Patton and Bill Halter Each year, a group of dedicated and willing Urban Land Institute (ULI) members in the Atlanta District Council form the Awards Committee to plan for our annual Awards for Excellence Dinner. This planning process typically takes about 6 months and is a big lift for all of those involved, but critical in advancing the local mission of ULI Atlanta to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and create sustaining and thriving communities. As we began the planning process for the 24th Annual … Read More

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Georgia Tech Real Estate Development By Design

by Rick Porter History tells us that shaping land for human habitat is not a new idea. From high rise cliff dwellers to high rise office dwellers, real estate development has been a centerpiece of the human experience. Georgia Tech is exploring this paradigm through its new Masters of Real Estate Development program. Over the past half century, the development of our land has been accomplished by a rapidly expanding group of entrepreneurs that have loosely created the profession of real estate developer. These practitioners have traditionally acquired and honed … Read More

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Broaden Your Worldview Of Real Estate

Reflections on ULI’s Center for Leadership by Kyle Reis The real estate industry in Atlanta is a paradox of sorts. With almost 6 million people currently residing in the Metro region, and growth projections of 2.5 million additional people in the coming years, the Atlanta region represents a relatively large and urbanizing real estate market. Despite the size of the Atlanta market, it amazes me how connected real estate professionals really are. Real estate is a personal, relationship-based industry even in a large region like ours. There are many opportunities … Read More

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Cast Your Line Now! ULI Atlanta Seeking Entrepreneurial Developers For 1st Ever Shark Tank

By: Thomas Kramer Tailored after the hit TV show, Shark Tank, ULI Atlanta’s 1st ever Real Estate Development Shark Tank will bring together aspiring and veteran developers in front of a live audience, as they pitch their projects in front of an expert panel of sharks. The sharks represent Atlanta’s most seasoned leaders in the industry and will offer the audience an opportunity to look behind the scenes at the inner-workings of an investment committee. ULI Atlanta is soliciting investment proposals from savvy, aspiring real estate developers who are actively pursuing … Read More

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Out of the Ashes, Once Again

On July 31, 2012, the Atlanta region soundly rejected a well-publicized and carefully orchestrated Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax (TSLOST) which would have funded multiple billions of dollars of projects for the region. While those of us in the shell-shocked transportation advocacy world licked our wounds amidst the clearing smoke on the battlefield, pundits claimed that Atlanta would never get out of its perpetual traffic woes, which became emblematic for the city since the late 1990s. Much like Phoenix rising from the ashes, however, the transportation community made a … Read More

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Shedding Atlanta’s Transportation Stigma

Transportation. A hot button topic that can be as aggravating as many of the cliché’ terms out there like “Hotlanta” or “the ATL” that are commonly used to describe our fare city. The obligatory “I hear the traffic is horrible” or “how’s your commute?” will undoubtedly follow almost any Atlantan’s introduction to an outsider. The good news is that we have rare opportunity to make it better and possibly shed our transportation stigma for good, or at least until I-85 burns down again. In 2016, Atlantans voted in favor of a … Read More

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What Tools Are Needed To Advance An Affordable Housing Agenda?

by Sharon Gay In her inauguration speech as the 60th Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms identified a $1 billion-dollar housing affordability plan, the largest affordable housing investment in Atlanta’s history. But what does this investment buy and how much affordable housing will it build? What are the priorities and how will they be set? These are all important questions and ones that we collaboratively will need to support and work through. It is an audacious goal and one worthy of us all taking to heart in pursuit of sustainable solutions … Read More

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