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Event Recap – A Night with Visionaries: The M-Factor

ULI Central Florida Visionaries

Last week, Young Leaders groups from ULI Central Florida, CREW Orlando, and NAIOP Central Florida came together for the third annual Visionaries of Central Florida event. This latest edition was titled “The M-Factor,” providing visionaries and young professionals with an opportunity to discuss the impact Millennials are having on a wide array of real-estate-related fields. Proceeds from the event directly supported US Hunger.     The program consisted of a series of roundtable discussions with some of Central Florida’s most influential leaders. During each seven-minute segment, a new visionary shared valuable … Read More

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Recap: Volusia County Update


Leading the nation in job growth last year isn’t the only topic of discussion in Volusia County these days. With a major renovation of an iconic race track underway, cutting-edge research in aviation, and important infrastructure improvements in the works, ULI members and other attendees flocked to Daytona last week to hear the latest county news directly from the experts.   The ULI Signature Event: Volusia County Update was held on April 30th at the Daytona International Speedway, drawing nearly 100 guests from around Central Florida and kicking off with a … Read More

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Emerging Trends 2015

Lou Frey and Dick Bachelor at Trends 2015

On January 30, 2015, ULI Central Florida held its annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate conference. At the half-day event, guest speakers and panelists shared their 2015 forecasts and projects with over 200 registrants from industries including real estate, development, urban planning, and architecture. With a recovering economy and positive job growth particularly in Orlando, the general outlook for 2015 was positive, albeit cautious. Jobs, oil, and Millennials proved to be steadfast topics of discussion throughout the event. Back by popular demand, local political commentators Lou Frey and Dick Bachelor … Read More

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Event Recap: 2014 Emerging Trends

On January 31, 2014, over 200 Central Florida developers, urban planners, land use lawyers, and builders convened at the Country Club of Orlando for the 2014 Emerging Trends in Real Estate Conference. Hosted by Debra Dremann, Chair of the ULI Central Florida Trends Committee, the half-day conference explored the future of real estate through speakers, panels, and discussions. The morning concluded with the presentation of the first-ever Trendsetter Award. Keynote speaker Jeff Korzenik (Fifth Third Bank) kicked off the morning with his presentation, “From Vicious to Virtuous: The US Economic … Read More

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Event Recap: The Three Ps of Public Service

Last night, guests from around Central Florida convened at the new Eola House in Downtown Orlando for an intimate discussion at ULI Central Florida’s latest Women’s Leadership Initiative event. The evening’s program, The Three Ps of Public Service: Passion Persistence, Patience, featured four of Central Florida’s public service leaders.  In a panel format, moderated by HCI Planning’s Kathy Hattaway Bengochea, these dynamic women shared their insights into the challenges, benefits, and changing nature of public service and politics. A prominent topic of the evening was women’s role in government, and … Read More

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ULI Florida Receives $25,000 Grant

The Urban Land Institute announces that Florida’s five ULI District Councils have been awarded a $25,000 grant to plan and execute their newest initiative Building Healthy Places.   The goal of the statewide initiative is to encourage the Florida real estate industry, business, and civic and community leaders to update policy and design standards to include those that promote public health. The five ULI District Councils that received the grant include ULI North Florida, ULI Central Florida, ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean, ULI Southwest Florida and ULI Tampa Bay. “We are honored to … Read More

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Event Recap: Local Food + Local Culture = New Market Development in Orlando

What do you get when you mix a budding local food scene with people adamant about making a difference in their community? In the case of John Rife and his team, the outcome is a new mixed-use market building: the East End Market. Although it is not officially open until October 25, ULI members and guests were treated to a sneak preview last week, along with some surprises.   The morning began with registration, coffee, and networking outside the market’s main entrance. The building, an existing two-story, L-shaped structure, used … 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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