Monthly Archives: September 2013

Around Town – Catching up with LYNX CEO John Lewis at Urban Thought

LYNX CEO John Lewis Craig Ustler Urban ReThink Thought

While Urban ReThink will begin re-envisioning its future in the next few weeks, we wanted to reflect on one of the many thought-provoking, community-centered events we attended at this Thornton Park institution. Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of listening to Urban ReThink’s Craig Ustler discuss Orlando’s transportation future with LYNX CEO John Lewis. The event was part of a series on land use issues called Urban Thought. The conversation began with John Lewis sharing his first impression of Orlando, which was the typical International-Drive-centered experience. However, he quickly … Read More

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Event Recap: Visionaries of Central Florida

ULI Central Florida Visionaries YLG CREW

Last Wednesday, ULI Central Florida hosted a round-robin-style event that let young professionals and others in the land-use field hold face-to-face conversations with some of Orlando’s top commercial real estate and community development players. The event, called Visionaries of Central Florida, was organized by ULI Central Florida’s Young Leaders Group and CREW Orlando and took place in downtown Orlando. Over 120 guests networked and discussed current real estate topics and development trends. Our Visionaries included former Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin and Creative Village developer Craig Ustler, along with 15 … Read More

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Event Recap: The Three “W’s” of Land Use: Wine, Women, and Winning

ULI Central Florida Womens Leadership Initiative Women in Land Use Real Estate

With Quantum Leap Winery’s large wooden barrels and candle-lit tasting room as a backdrop, our quarterly Women’s Leadership Initiative event took place last night with moderator Brooke Myers, President at Emerge Real Estate Ventures, LLC, and guests Cecelia Bonifay and Becky Wilson. Cecelia Bonifay is the Chair of Land Use & Sustainable Development Practice at Akerman and the Chair of the Urban Land Institute –Central Florida. As a lawyer with a planning background, Bonifay has experience on both sides of the land use process. A Partner at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, … Read More

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Event Recap: Orlando vs. the World – How Orlando Competes in the Global Retail Market

ULI Central Florida Event Orlando vs the World Presentation

ULI Central Florida’s event Orlando vs. the World – How Orlando Competes in the Global Retail Market kicked off with a presentation by John Crossman, President at Crossman & Company. Crossman set the stage with a simple example of why tourism-based retail is so powerful: If one household buys two or three bottles of ketchup per year, a timeshare household buys that same bottle fifty times per year. In addition to this higher volume of sales on regular items, retailers enjoy major markups on souvenirs and luxury retailers see much … Read More

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