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ULI OC/IE Wins Membership Challenge!


ULI Orange County/Inland Empire is pleased to announce that we have WON the FY16 Membership Challenge in the category of “Most Points Earned”! The ULI Membership Challenge is a tool used to help District Councils reach their FY16 membership goals and increase member engagement. Points were awarded for membership growth rates, retention rates as well as for the variety of programs offered to members. This achievement would not have been possible without Jessica Candaele and her membership team – Charles Smith, Lori Smith, Greg Black, Bill Nevell and Kim May! If … Read More

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Marcus-Colvin Shares Marketing Philosophy & Practices


Larry Webb, Chief Executive Officer and Joan Marcus Colvin, Chief Marketing Officer for The New Home Company came together at the ULI OC/IE’s Leaders & Managers Program to present the last class of the series. The leaders of The New Home Company focused on branding the company from the inside out, including branding to their leadership, employees, vendor partners and consumers. The New Home Company is a national award-winning, publicly traded (NYSE-NWHM) community and home building company, building throughout Southern California and the west. Mr. Webb introduced the program, emphasizing … Read More

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Lessons From Women Leaders


At the December meeting of the Urban Land Institute Orange County/Inland Empire’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Chairwomen Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs and Joan Marcus-Colvin hosted a panel Q & A with some of Orange County’s top women leaders. The panel of five women representing both the public and private sectors made both their personal and professional lives the central focus of the meeting. The ULI OC/IE Women’s Leadership Initiative seeks to promote the advancement of women throughout their careers, to increase the number of women who serve in leadership positions, increase visibility … Read More

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FivePoint Reveal Strategies Behind The Great Parks Neighborhoods


IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – Tom Martin, Vice President of Planning and Product Development and Jann Rowe, Vice President of Marketing for FivePoint came together at the ULI OC/IE’s Leaders & Managers Program to discuss and share the strategies that drove the creation of Great Parks Neighborhoods. The theme of their presentation was “The Sum of the Parks Makes For A Great Whole.” They were speaking of the 2,100-acre master-planned community on Irvine Boulevard, adjacent to Irvine’s Great Park. Organized and led by John Martin of Martin & Associates, the evening began … Read More

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ULI Orange County/Inland Empire Names a New Executive Director


DECEMBER 1, 2016 Irvine, California – Former Senior Director of ULI Orange County/Inland Empire, Kendra L. Chandler, has been named as the organization’s Executive Director. Ms. Chandler began working with ULI Orange County/Inland Empire in 2006, first as Manager of Programs & Development. After a two-year hiatus, she returned to ULI as Senior Director in 2015. In her new role as Executive Director of the local District Council, Ms. Chandler will carry out Urban Land Institute’s mission of nonprofit research and education in land use and real estate development guidelines … Read More

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Parks that Catalyze Investment and Development


By Jonathan Lightfoot, Student Representative for the Public Realm Initiative Council This quarter’s Public Realm Initiative Council honed in on the subject of creating great public spaces, often parks, that are foundational pieces of urban development. Jason Ficht, Principal at JZMK Partners and Vice Chair of the Council, introduced a case study from Dallas: Klyde Warren Park. ULI members who attended the Fall Meeting may have encountered this park as it hosted a few of the weekend’s events. The Council also heard from Benjamin Donsky of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures about … Read More

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Case Study of Award Winning The Oaks Farms


John Martin, principal of Martin & Associates kicked off the October 12th, session of ULI OC/IE’s Industry Leaders Forum by introducing a dynamic presentation by an executive team from Davidson Communities and their key consultants. The focus of the evening was a thorough case study of Davidson Communities’ award-winning community, The Oaks Farms in San Juan Capistrano. The team included Dawn Davidson – Founder and Chairman of Design Line Interiors, Bill Davidson – Founder and President of Davidson Communities, Susie Saladino – Online Marketing Strategist and Founder of Social Call … Read More

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An Inside Look at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting


By: Richard Rojas, Senior Planner, City of Carson For a public sector urban planner looking for insight into land development trends and best practices, the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas was a valuable experience. Though I traveled to the event on my own, I found myself in the company of professionals from Phoenix, Minneapolis, Dallas, DC, Atlanta, Seattle, and other cities who were eager to strike up a conversation, inquire about shared experiences, include in networking receptions and otherwise make this first-time ULI national conference attendee feel welcomed. I … Read More

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Orange County’s First Ground Up Creative Office Campus


By Jake Phuc Mai, Student Representative, Office & Commercial Initiative Council Developers face many challenges while undergoing a development. Challenges that keep them up at night as they face heavy scrutiny for the decisions they make. Especially in an environmentally regulated state like California, there are many forces that impede the course of development. Having a sound plan does not always guarantee that a project will be completed on time or on budget or even that it will be approved. There are several factors that hinder the success of a … Read More

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Javier Gutierrez Announced as ULI “40 Under 40” Winner


ULI Orange County/Inland Empire is proud to congratulate our member, Mr. Javier Gutierrez, who was announced a winner of the UrbanLand Magazines 40 Under 40 competition last week at the ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas, Texas. The competition recognizes the best and brightest young land use professionals from around the globe. The competition, which started in 2014, provides ULI members with the opportunity to nominate young leaders in any of the land use disciplines represented by the Institute, including design, development, finance, planning, landscape architecture, sustainability, public policy, transit, urban … Read More

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