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WLI Cocktails and Content Recap

On December 11, 2017, ULI Columbus and the Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted the annual Cocktails and Content at NBBJ’s offices at 250 High. The event featured a keynote by Lisa Wise, a national urban planning and economics expert. Wise discussed the major demographic shifts that are happening across the country as well as the planning efforts that cities like Austin and San Francisco are implementing to get ahead of these dramatic changes. View Lisa Wise’s Presentation. Yaromir Steiner, ULI Columbus District Council Chair, welcomed the audience and discussed ULI Columbus’s newly … Read More

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Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Selected as Member of 2018 Class of Daniel Rose Land Use Fellows

    Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Selected as Member of 2018 Class of Daniel Rose Land Use Fellows Mayor Ginther to join Mayors of Richmond, Salt Lake City and Tucson to solve land use challenges COLUMBUS, OH (October 20, 2017) — The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) today announced that mayors from four cities—Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah and Tucson, Arizona—have been selected as the 2018 class of Daniel Rose Land Use Fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership.  … Read More

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Call for Entries Now Open

We are proud to announce the inaugural ULI Columbus Awards for Excellence, an awards program celebrating best practices in all types of real estate and land use development that exemplifies ULI’s mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land. The Call for Entries is now open and the deadlines for applying are as follows: Intent to Apply deadline than Monday, MAY 15, 2017. Awards for Excellence Application – Final Deadline: Thursday, JUNE 15, 2017. For more information and eligibility requirements visit,  

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Wood’s Transformative Influence Felt Throughout Short North

There are very few individuals who can lay claim to envisioning a robust, mixed use community amidst a forgotten and worn out stretch of North High Street and tenaciously transforming it over a period of 30 years, long before others saw any inkling of the Short North Arts District’s potential. Sanborn “Sandy” Wood not only saw it, he championed it, drawing upon the traditional brick and mortar tools of a developer while simultaneously working to nurture a sense of community where none previously existed. “We worked with the neighbors from … Read More

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Building the Future, Remembering the Past

LeVeque Tower Hard Hat Tour While the Short North seems to get the majority of the attention surrounding Columbus’ urban revitalization, something special is happening downtown at Broad and Front. The LeVeque Tower, one of the city’s most iconic and historic landmarks, is undergoing a major restoration of its own. Lawyers Development, Kaufman Development and Hotel LeVeque are breathing new life into the 46-story skyscraper, solidifying its presence in a 21st century Columbus. Members of the Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute were granted special access for a … Read More

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Call for Applications: 2016 YLG ULI Fall Meeting Scholarship

All Associate Young Leader and Student Members are eligible to apply for the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting Scholarship!   2016 ULI Columbus Young Leader Fall Meeting Scholarship Application One Young Leader or Student member of ULI Columbus will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Fall Meeting in Dallas, Texas from October 24-27, 2016. The scholarship will include complimentary registration and a $1500 reimbursement of expenses related to hotel, airfare, local transport, and meals. Applicants are requested to complete an online application with the following: Complete online application with basic information, ULI engagement, … Read More

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ULI Columbus Announces New Lunch Series

The new ULI Columbus Brown Bag Lunch Series offers our members a unique opportunity to engage in an intimate discussion of a variety of relevant, topical issues related to local real estate and land use. The program will feature experts from all facets of the profession who will share their insights and perspectives. Attendance will be limited, and advance registration is required. Save the Date! The series will kick-off on September 16, 2016, and will occur every other month. Registration and the announcement of our first Brown Bag Lunch Series … Read More

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ULI House Conference Focuses on Policies for Housing-Insecure Families

A recent Urban Land Institute Housing Opportunity Conference focused much needed attention on bold policy solutions to expand housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households across the country. Spotlighting “Investment in Opportunity,” an Enterprise Community Partners’ ambitious policy platform intended to improve the lives of housing-insecure families, a ULI panel discussed a rental crisis where more than 11 million households are paying more than half their monthly income on rent. Between rent, food, medical and utility bills, child care and car expenses, working families face perilous circumstances and difficult decisions … Read More

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COTA Launches Direct Bus Service between Downtown and Airport

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) recently launched AirConnect to provide daily direct bus service between downtown Columbus and Port Columbus International Airport. The buses, which will be specially branded similar to the CBus for easy identification, arrive at designated stops in downtown Columbus and at the airport every 30 minutes between 6 am and 9 pm daily to serve hotel, convention center and business visitors.  Read more. The new service is part of larger system wide advancements by COTA to enhance connectivity and accessibility not just for visitors, but … Read More

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Urban Land Institute Puts insight2050 in National Spotlight

An Urban Land Institute feature article focuses on central Ohio’s insight2050 initiative, a community-wide effort to engage everyone from residents to public officials in determining how our communities will evolve to accommodate future population growth that is expected to be dramatically different than the last 30 years. The goal of the effort is to create an open, productive dialogue among communities and their stakeholders that will lead to more effective long range planning to enhance quality of life and economic vitality. The narrative describes insight2050 and the collaborative efforts of … Read More

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