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New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY, United States April 9-11, 2024

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Tue Apr 09 7:00 AM — 5:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Promenade

Registration

Tue Apr 09 7:00 AM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Promenade

Ask ULI

Tue Apr 09 8:00 AM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I

Networking; Exchange of Knowledge, Ideas, & Best Practices; Research & Industry Trends

· Barista Coffee Service, Refreshment Breaks & Networking Lunches
· Presentation Area A & B
· ULI Research Reports, Learning and Publications
· ULI’s 3 Mission Priorities
· ULI Member Benefits
· Lounge Seating and Workstations
· Charging Stations
· Shoeshine Station 
Tue Apr 09 8:30 AM — 12:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse B

UrbanPlan Workshop Instructor Training

An opportunity for active UrbanPlan volunteers to get trained to lead workshops across the network.
Tue Apr 09 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Trianon Ballroom

Capital Markets: Securing Debt Today

"For the right deal, there is money to be had…what does the right deal look like?" How do you position your deal to be the right one? Hear insights and learn strategies for navigating real estate capital markets today from both capital providers and capital users. Hear from the full range of lenders: large banks, regional banks, private equity, debt funds, family office, and others. Who is lending and who isn't? For what types of deals? What size? What terms? Refinance? Development? What changes in the debt landscape can be expected up ahead?
Tue Apr 09 10:00 AM — 10:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Unlocking Billions in Federal Funding for Your Projects: Generational Investments in Sustainable Development

Current and upcoming federal infrastructure funding opportunities—including through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act—have the potential to spur resilient, sustainable, and equitable outcomes for cities. Investments in decarbonization by developers can have financial returns in the form of lower operating costs, increased property values, and attracting and retaining tenants. In addition, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating communities that are less reliant on cars can support developer and tenant environmental, social, and governance goals. Learn how and when to leverage these generational funding opportunities to support your projects. Learn more by accessing ULI's curated resources on federal funding at ULI.org/federalfunding.
Tue Apr 09 10:30 AM — 10:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Making Multigenerational Communities Happen

Nearly one in five U.S. households was multigenerational in 2021—and demand for housing and communities that facilitate multigenerational living is growing. ULI explores these trends in a new publication, Making Multigenerational Communities Happen. In this session, hear what developers, designers, public sector leaders, investors, and others need to know about what it will take to build homes, neighborhoods, and cities that work for people of all ages, and families of all types.
Mission Priority
Tue Apr 09 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Murray Hill Suite

Homeless to Housed Symposium

Join us for the ULI Homeless to Housed Symposium for a conversation with Gregg Colburn, author of “Homelessness is a Housing Problem,” and ULI leaders from various sectors as together we discuss the role of the private sector in advancing solutions to the growing economic and humanitarian crisis of homelessness.
Tue Apr 09 11:00 AM — 11:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

UrbanPlan: Diversifying the Real Estate Industry through Education

In this session, hear about how UrbanPlan creates a pathway to the real estate industry for young people through its curriculum and ULI member volunteers.
Tue Apr 09 11:30 AM — 11:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Advisory Services Program Lightning Round: Get a Glimpse of Advisory Services

Participate in a real-time mini advisory services panel and have instant impact for a local New York sponsor. The session begins with a brief presentation by the sponsor, followed by one question pertaining to their land use challenge. With facilitation by ULI Advisory Services staff, briefly deliberate and offer a set of recommendations in response to the question. The session concludes with a brief summary of the recommendations and sponsor feedback.
Tue Apr 09 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I & II

Networking Lunch

Tue Apr 09 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse C

District Council Sustainability Leaders Gathering

ULI District and National Councils are key drivers of ULI’s impactful programming and host dozens of events focused on sustainability, resilience, health, and social equity each year. The ULI Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate supports Council programming in a variety of ways – with compelling content and reports, speaker suggestions, financial support, cohort programs and more. Join the Lewis Center and other Council leaders to learn about opportunities to advance ULI’s mission and priorities with impactful programming at the local level. A simple lunch will be served. This program is open to all current and potential District and National Council leaders; advanced registration is requested. Please reach out to [email protected] to learn more.
Tue Apr 09 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Grand Ballroom

Opening General Session

Tue Apr 09 2:00 PM — 2:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I & II

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Tue Apr 09 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Murray Hill Suite

WLI Americas Presents: A View from the Top

Join the ULI Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) Americas for its signature program where we hear from a national industry leader who discusses her path to success and the challenges she has navigated along the way. The conversation will also include relevant topics that advance efforts and leverage allyship to close the gender gap in commercial real estate.
Tue Apr 09 2:30 PM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse A

University Connections Networking Roundtables

Please join us for an opportunity for students rotate three times to meet with ULI member leaders for twenty minutes, from various markets, career levels, and professional roles. Attendees engage in small group discussions about career pathways and preparation.

Please view roundtable leaders HERE.

Register HERE.
Tue Apr 09 2:30 PM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Mercury Ballroom

YLG Connect and Impact

The YLG Connect session is a special event for young leaders (under 35) attending the conference to hear from local rising stars on the various projects they are working on and their impact on the local community. It is also a good opportunity for young leaders to share how ULI has improved their commercial real estate career path and to connect with fellow colleagues. After the panel, young leaders and other attendees will have the opportunities to discuss the challenges most affecting them and the CRE industry during facilitated roundtables.
Tue Apr 09 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Sutton South

Using Data Science and AI to Answer the Need for Speed in Uncertain Times

Commercial real estate used to be a fairly staid sector, but exogenous shocks to the system such as global pandemics, macroeconomic shifts, and climate change have created a need for faster, more nimble decision-making to increase returns and mitigate risks. Leveraging the vast quantities of data available through the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence can create tools to explain the current state and predict likeliest future states, but acquiring data and the ability to use it effectively costs money and time. After a brief introduction to the topic, the panelists will talk about how their companies have deployed data science and artificial intelligence to create a competitive advantage.
Tue Apr 09 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Trianon Ballroom

ULI Home Attainability Index: Putting the Numbers into Practice

This session will present the findings from ULI Terwilliger Center's 2024 Home Attainability Index. The Index is a data-rich resource for understanding the extent to which a housing market is providing a range of choices attainable to the regional workforce. The data can help identify gaps in home attainability and provide better context to understand residential markets; provide context by connecting housing costs to the wages earned by people with specific occupations in a region; and enable national and regional comparisons to inform housing production, policy, and financing decisions. The session will begin with Adam Ducker, CEO of RCLCO, presenting the national findings before drilling down to the local findings for each panelist. Ducker will then have panelists answer how they are addressing the particular housing needs in their market. Through this session, attendees will learn how the data can help decision-making for local economies: e.g., what type of housing is needed, and at what price point; who exactly is priced out; and how it is affecting the ability for employers to attract and retain workers.
Tue Apr 09 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Gramercy Suite

NYC 2100: Resiliency, Housing, and Equity for the Metropolitan Region with Six Feet of Sea-Level Rise

The New York metropolitan area has 20 million residents and within the next century could see six feet of sea-level rise due to climate change. The city itself has 500 miles of coastline and faces significant challenges for long-term coastal protections, including for vulnerable and marginalized populations. While new housing opportunities are needed to create equitable, resilient development in sustainable mixed-use neighborhoods proximate to mass transit, the region also has an existing housing affordability problem that will be further stressed by climate migration and population growth over time. This panel focuses on analysis, policy response, and insight into the various challenges and opportunities for evolving the metropolitan area for future housing demand. Expertise in climate modeling, public policy, urban design, and long-term planning will be needed to create more equitable and resilient neighborhoods. Panelists will discuss how climate change will dramatically impact urban design and land use and will identify key policy considerations coupled with tactical solutions for metropolitan areas to promote future-proof planning, climate justice, and resilient design.
Tue Apr 09 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Nassau Suite

Higher Education Development as a Tool for Urban Innovation

It has been almost 12 years since New York City launched the Applied Sciences NYC initiative, a once-in-a-generation investment in higher education with the aim of ensuring NYC remains one of the world's premier economic hubs for the future. The initiative involved the creation of three new campuses across the city—the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute on Roosevelt Island, the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress in Downtown Brooklyn, and the Columbia University Data Science Institute in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The city offered over 12 acres of city-owned land at Roosevelt Island, a seed investment of $100 million of city capital, and the full support of the administration. The cost to the city was significant, but the impact was expected to be enormous ($33 billion overall economic impact, 1,000 spin-off companies, and 48,000+ jobs over three decades). How successful has this initiative been thus far and will it be worth the investment? What were the lessons learned? How can other cities leverage their higher education institutions to create a strong commercialization pipeline, from academia to industry, to create more jobs?
Tue Apr 09 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time Salmon Tower Building, 20 West 43rd Street, NY 10036

University Connections: Exploring the Real Estate Forecast

Join us for an insightful event, "Exploring the Real Estate Forecast," where we delve into the latest semi-annual ULI Real Estate Economic Forecast. Completed at the end of October 2023, this forecast is the culmination of the perspectives of 39 leading real estate economists and analysts. These experts share their three-year forecasts on 27 economic and real estate indicators, and we present the median of their insightful predictions.

According to the survey results, real estate economists expect a slowdown in the U.S. economy and real estate markets in the coming year, aligning with their outlook from six months ago. Anticipated to experience a meaningful deceleration in 2024, the economy is projected to show signs of improvement in 2025. Likewise, real estate markets are expected to exhibit flat or negative results in 2024, with a subsequent partial recovery anticipated in 2025.

This event provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from industry leaders who will share their perspectives on the forecast. Student attendees are also encouraged to contribute their insights, potentially featuring in a write-up showcased on the ULI website. As a token of appreciation, participants will receive acknowledgment for their valuable contributions. Don't miss this chance to gain valuable insights, engage with industry experts, and contribute to the ongoing discourse on the future of real estate.

*Registrations are extremely limited. You MUST register for this program. No on-site registrations will be provided because of security. 
• Students attending Spring Meeting can register HERE.
• If you are a student and NOT attending Spring Meeting, please email [email protected] to register.
• Faculty and staff can register by emailing [email protected] .
Tue Apr 09 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Murray Hill Suite

The EDC Presents: 2024: An Entertainment Development Odyssey: How Innovation Drives ROI

Rather than replicating tried, but tired, concepts, hear from industry leaders who embrace innovative strategies, technologies, and concepts to deliver unique, meaningful entertainment experiences across generations from boomers to gen Z. Moreover, these fresh approaches deliver enhanced return on investment and are translatable to a variety of development types, including mixed-use projects, community placemaking, and sports and entertainment districts. Join us as these entertainment development innovators show how development can still be fun!
Tue Apr 09 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Sutton South

Finding the Signal in the Noise: The 8 Design Trends Shaping Real Estate in 2024

The past few years have brought into sharp focus the scale and breadth of the interconnecting challenges we face. Economic pressures, climate change, a generational shift in work habits, and more are challenging real estate leaders in unprecedented ways. It can be hard to know where to focus your energy and resources first. What's clear is that unique challenges require innovative solutions. Join Gensler's co-CEO Jordan Goldstein, managing principal Joe Brancato, and a panel of real estate leaders from the work, lifestyle, and cities sectors as they help you reveal the signal within all the noise. Diving into Gensler's renowned Design Forecast publication, this session will be rich with the latest trends in design for the built environment together with actionable advice and new ideas that you and your teams need to be paying attention to now and in the year ahead.
Tue Apr 09 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Gramercy Suite

From Finger-Pointing to Handshakes: Reducing Embodied Carbon in Real Estate Developments

Over the lifetime of a building, embodied carbon from materials, transportation of materials, and building construction can account for half of a building's carbon emissions. Global building floor area is expected to double by 2060, which amounts to an incredible amount of upfront carbon emissions to address in the built environment. The process, and responsibility, to do so spans multiple stakeholders: materials supply chain, structural engineers, architects, construction, and developers. No longer can excuses be made or fingers be pointed for not achieving reductions; there is an urgent need to address embodied carbon. Plus, as global momentum builds for climate action, federal, state, and local governments are introducing building-sector requirements covering both operational and embodied carbon. This session will provide perspectives from a general contractor, a structural engineer, and a developer who have successfully reduced embodied carbon in new developments. Panelists will walk the audience through embodied carbon reductions from predesign through development, building occupancy, and deconstruction, all of which encompass a vital part of the industry's journey to net zero.
Tue Apr 09 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Nassau Suite

Exploring the Senior Living Landscape

Over the past few years, middle market to luxury senior living developments have been increasingly sprouting up across major cities, especially in places like New York, driven by an aging population of baby boomers who are still socially and culturally active. Today's seniors are retiring later, traveling more, and embarking on nontraditional live/work/play paths, which include urban lifestyles and proximity to their children. New York itself is home to nearly 3.5 million residents ages 65 and above. And the 75+ population in the United States is projected to grow 50 percent in the next 10 years, doubling in the next 20. The objective of the panel is the exploration of trends, challenges, and opportunities that define this rapidly changing industry, from middle market to luxury senior developments. Key discussion points include hospitality versus health care, demographic shifts, innovations in design and technology, and investor interest. Panelists will include an owner/developer of senior living projects, a senior living operator, and an architect/design expert.
Tue Apr 09 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Trianon Ballroom

Mixed-Income Housing: A Tool for Creating Inclusive Communities

New York City has a unique and varied history developing mixed-income housing. As cities around the country grapple with a growing housing affordability crisis, state and local governments are increasingly experimenting with different programs and formats of producing mixed-income housing to address this challenge. This panel will provide a deep dive into the topic, exploring where mixed-income housing works and where it sits in the continuum of attainable housing solutions. Mixed-income housing has the potential to provide economic, social, and political benefits, including serving a wider range of incomes, improving social mobility, increasing production in supply constrained markets, and mitigating financial risk. Panelists will draw from the experiences of NYC projects such as Essex Crossing, Navy Green, and Hunter's Point South to shed light on the benefits and challenges, including NIMBYism (not in my backyard), levels of affordability, and resource allocation; demystify available financing vehicles; and identify the tools government can deploy to promote mixed-income housing.
Tue Apr 09 5:30 PM — 7:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, 1150 Broadway, New York, NY

Welcome Reception

Join us at the Welcome Reception to kick off the ULI Spring Meeting at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar NYC. Don't miss the chance to reconnect with your peers. The venue is a 10-15 minute walk from the NY Hilton Midtown. The shuttle schedule can be found in the Transportation section of the ULI event app. Shuttles will depart from the NY Hilton Midtown.
Tue Apr 09 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Spring Meeting NEXT Reception

The ULI Americas NEXT leadership cordially invites all NEXT members and non-members (mid-career professionals) attending the Spring Meeting and local ULI New York NEXT members to the Spring Meeting NEXT Reception following the Welcome Reception on Tuesday, April 9. This is an opportunity for mid-career professional to connect in a more intimate atmosphere and to carry on their conversations from the opening Welcome Reception. We hope to see you there! Please note, additional fees will apply and registration will open soon.
Wed Apr 10 7:00 AM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Promenade

Ask ULI

Wed Apr 10 7:00 AM — 6:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Promenade

Registration

Wed Apr 10 8:00 AM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I

Networking; Exchange of Knowledge, Ideas, & Best Practices; Research & Industry Trends

· Barista Coffee Service, Refreshment Breaks & Networking Lunches
· Presentation Area A & B
· ULI Research Reports, Learning and Publications
· ULI’s 3 Mission Priorities
· ULI Member Benefits
· Lounge Seating and Workstations
· Charging Stations
· Shoeshine Station
Wed Apr 10 8:00 AM — 12:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse G

ULI Learning Workshop

An in-person learning opportunity brought to you by ULI Learning.
Wed Apr 10 8:30 AM — 9:30 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

YLG Caffeinated Conversations Meet-up

Join us for an invigorating start to your day at the "YLG Caffeinated Conversations Meet-up" during the 2024 ULI Spring Meeting in the vibrant heart of New York City. This exclusive gathering is designed to foster meaningful connections among emerging leaders in the real estate and land use industry. Unwind and engage in casual, enriching discussions with fellow under-35 professionals over steaming cups of coffee at a local, trendy coffee shop. Network, exchange insights, and share experiences in a relaxed setting conducive to forging valuable connections. Whether you're a seasoned attendee or a first-time participant, this meet-up offers an ideal platform to expand your network, gain fresh perspectives, and establish lasting connections with like-minded peers. Don't miss this opportunity to caffeinate your networking experience while enjoying the bustling energy of New York City.
Wed Apr 10 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Mercury Ballroom/Rotunda

WLI Americas Coffee Connect

Start your morning with WLI Americas for coffee and refreshments. Join us to meet other women in a relaxed and welcoming environment with the goal to broaden and enrich professional networks and strengthen industry connections.
Wed Apr 10 10:00 AM — 11:30 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

ULI Gives Back – NYC Community Volunteer Event

Join us and Paramount Group to give back to the New York City community with service. Volunteering your time will help those with housing insecurity through the Bowery Mission, all while making new connections with other ULI members.
 
To register for this event, click here to register for the Spring Meeting, or to access your existing Spring registration and add “ULI Gives Back – NYC Community Volunteer Event”. This registration fee will go towards supplies for those experience homelessness. 
 
Wed Apr 10 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Trianon Ballroom

Capital Markets: Raising Equity Today

"For the right deal, there is money to be had…what does the right deal look like?" How do you position your deal to be the right one? Hear insights and learn strategies for navigating real estate capital markets today from both capital providers and capital users. Hear from the largest to the smallest equity investors today—private equity and institutional to family office. Who are the active investors? What are they looking for? How do they find the right deals? How does the range deal sizes find them? What has worked for them recently? What terms? Refinance? Development? What are they looking for in the future?
Wed Apr 10 10:00 AM — 10:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

The Carbon Sweet Spot: Tradeoffs between Embodied Carbon and Operating Carbon

Designing buildings to operate on less energy and carbon is essential to net zero goals, but some design choices—particularly in facades—can increase a building's upfront embodied carbon. This session explores the design decisions and tradeoffs real estate professionals should know to create buildings that are low carbon from construction to end of life, based on research from ULI Greenprint, architecture firm KPF, and the University of Washington's Integrated Design Lab.
Wed Apr 10 10:30 AM — 10:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Using ChatGPT to Assist with Pro Forma Construction

Explore how ChatGPT can enhance the process of building real estate pro formas. Discover how to use artifical intelligence (AI) for learning about pro forma components, and how AI can provide quick insights, suggest Excel formulas, and guide the structuring of financial models. The session emphasizes the role of AI as a supplementary tool for effective and iterative prompt engineering, while underscoring the importance of human expertise in final decision-making.
Wed Apr 10 11:00 AM — 11:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Art in Place: Connecting Creatives and Real Estate

Research shows that integrating art into real estate has a significant positive return on investment. In addition to adding value to properties, art creates unique, memorable experiences for tenants, visitors, and communities. A global cohort of ULI National and district councils is working to better connect the arts and real estate to drive more inclusive and participatory real estate outcomes. In this session, leading voices share inspiring case studies, strategies, and insights for leveraging culture and creativity to advance social trust, community connection, and development success.
Wed Apr 10 11:30 AM — 11:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Bridging the Gap: Strategies for Equitable Housing Access in Space-Constrained Cities

In NYC, vacant land is hard to come by. A growing population compounded by international migration has put New York at an inflection point: create more housing or exacerbate the homelessness crisis. Researchers at The Parsons School of Design are discovering the potential of locating modular micro-apartments, integrated with supportive services, on sites encumbered by years of predesign and entitlement processes. Based on preconstruction land leases, this model aims to bridge a critical gap in the "Continuum of Care" while optimizing development costs and unleashing the potential underutilized land for interim community benefit. Presented by ULI's Homeless to Housed Initiative.
Wed Apr 10 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I & II

Networking Lunch

Wed Apr 10 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Grand Ballroom

General Session: Learning in Real Time: Experts Share Their Forecasts for Real Estate in ’24, ’25, and ’26

The ULI Real Estate Economic Forecast is a semiannual survey of leading industry experts. The latest edition will have been completed just before the Spring Meeting. How do the experts see 27 key economic and real estate indicators moving by the end of 2024, 2025, and 2026? How have forecasts changed from six months earlier? And why? What signals are the experts watching for in real estate as they look ahead? Where do the experts agree and disagree? Hear a lively debate among leading economists and analysts who participated in the Real Estate Economic Forecast survey as they explain or defend their opinions. Ask questions or challenge their views about what's ahead for the real estate industry through the end of 2024 and all the way through 2026.
Wed Apr 10 2:00 PM — 2:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I & II

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Wed Apr 10 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Gramercy Suite

Cracking the Customer Loyalty Code in Residential

Customer value and driving loyalty are ubiquitous concepts when it comes to consumer industries. However, in real estate, only the hospitality sector has cracked the code on what loyalty means in the context of built environments and the experiences they contain. Both single-family and multifamily residential continue to grow as asset classes and scale players are emerging. With this growth comes the opportunity to build brand and create customer stickiness—driving both higher renewal rates and better pricing for the branded promise behind living experiences. We will discuss how customer expectations are evolving from these players, what loyalty means in the context of a living experience, and how players are leaning into digital and artificial intelligence to help power a next generation of personalized services and community with the aim of building brand. We will dive into how to take a design-led approach to building brand equity beyond naming and finishes, and using that brand strength to create unique, data-driven loyalty moments around the big "decision moments" that matter (e.g., touring, lease signing, renewal decisions). In short, this presentation, followed by a panel discussion, will aim to unpack how end-to-end experiences in the residential sector can be reimagined and digitized to drive a new frontier of loyalty and consumer brand.
Wed Apr 10 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Trianon Ballroom

Reducing Real Estate’s Carbon Footprint and the Path to Net Zero: The Costs of Meeting the Moment and the Consequences of Neglect

Building owners, investors and tenants grapple with the costs of reducing carbon footprints while cities set aggressive goals towards achieving net zero. Meanwhile, the capital markets must determine how to finance these "green" initiatives and quantify the value and risk associated with transitioning to net zero. Join us as we explore the real costs of going to net zero, who bears the burden and the financial drivers behind this push.
Wed Apr 10 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Nassau Suite

How Adaptive Reuse and Accessibility Will Transform the Patient Experience

Conventional hospital buildings will soon be outmoded. While providing a wide range of services under one roof might have seemed efficient at one time, today we understand that very few patients require so much at once. Instead, a distributed system of care—with a bevy of access points and a focus on the patient experience—more efficiently addresses needs, both physical and financial. Today's health care providers understand this and are looking for ways to cost-effectively distribute the most care to the most people, while also enhancing the experience of workers, patients, and the communities that surround them. Simultaneously, developers and owners are looking for solutions for underused real estate of nearly every type, in both downtown and suburban locations, that can be scaled nationally. This panel will bring together top players from the entire health care real estate ecosystem to examine case studies of how a decentralized model can improve health outcomes while realizing the potential of vacant commercial real estate.
Wed Apr 10 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Sutton South

From Central Business Districts to Central Social Districts: Transforming America’s Downtowns to Save Them

Current challenges to America's office sector need not spell the death of the American city. In fact, urban office buildings and their surrounding downtowns have a distinct advantage over suburban or nonurban developments. Data suggest that while American office workers prefer the flexibility of work-from-home or hybrid work arrangements, they are still flocking to cities to recreate. This change began even before COVID, as miles of waterfront from Pittsburgh to New York were rejuvenated and activated with retail, restaurant, park, and residential uses. These well-programmed, lifestyle-focused urban developments have proven to be attractive alternatives to an increasingly online world and magnets for investment and urban innovation. The office sector's headwinds are an opportunity to rethink America's downtowns by transforming single-use, commuter-focused blocks of office buildings into places where people want to spend their leisure time—replacing central business districts with central social districts. By thinking of our downtowns as homes for social activity, we can expand the realm of what's possible and fill city centers with activity, life, and commerce.
Wed Apr 10 2:30 PM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Mercury Ballroom

NEXT Connect Roundtables

Save the date! The NEXT Connect Roundtables at the 2024 ULI Spring Meeting in New York will offer curated content in entrepreneurship, innovation, transformation, and connectivity through exclusive discussions with expert facilitators. This event is aimed to provide a platform for all mid-career professionals attending the Spring Meeting to have open and candid conversations about the most trending topics in real estate today.
Wed Apr 10 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I

DEI & WLI Leadership Exchange

Learn from some of the top district councils, as DEI and WLI leaders share their unique projects and programs from the past year. Members will present both their successes and lessons learned. This session provides a space to share ideas, skills, and strategies to shape future programming and create meaningful connections and community within ULI.
Wed Apr 10 3:00 PM — 6:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Exclusive YLG Tour

Registered Young Leader and Student members attending the 2024 Spring Meeting have the exclusive opportunity to explore a neighborhood in New York City at a discounted rate. More information will be available soon!
Wed Apr 10 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Murray Hill Suite

Arts and Culture in New York City: A Catalyst for Social Change and Economic Development

As the home to more than 1,500 museums, galleries, theaters, dance companies, zoos, botanical gardens, and more, New York City is clearly at the epicenter of arts and culture. Beyond these cultural organizations, arts and culture can easily be viewed in the public realm through the city's storefronts, sidewalks, and street plazas. Attracting talent and visitors alike, the vibrant cultural landscape in New York has evolved into a multi-billion-dollar sector fueling the city''s economic engine. Public investment in the arts in New York is unmatched when compared to other city and state arts councils, with only the federal government spending more. The underlying belief is that such investments in arts and culture positively impact the economy, social well-being, and community engagement. Despite its rich cultural landscape, New York City still faces challenges when addressing historic barriers such as class, race, and income inequality. Join industry professionals, civic leaders, and other major stakeholders as they discuss the challenges and opportunities when creating a cultural eco-system that is more sustainable, inclusive, and equitable for all New Yorkers.
Wed Apr 10 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Nassau Suite

Decoding Racial Equity: Understanding Key Terms and How They Apply to Your Real Estate Practice

The seminal ULI 2022 publication "10 Principles for Embedding Racial Equity in Real Estate Development" highlights the need for real estate practitioners to recognize the power of language and lifts up an imperative for a shared language around racial equity in real estate. A new ULI report, "Racial Equity Terms for Real Estate Leaders," aims to elevate widely accepted definitions and help specific terms come alive for real estate professionals by demonstrating applications in real estate and development practice. In this session, learn more about the new resource and hear how real estate leaders are building their understanding of and advancing action on core concepts including antiracism, equitable development, inclusion, and more.
Wed Apr 10 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Trianon Ballroom

How AI Will Transform the Office Experience in the Next Decade

Join us for an eye-opening session that will transport you to the future of the built environment. We'll step into a future state world to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) might enable better human experience and connection. During this engaging session, we'll imagine the possibilities, together. Will you be effortlessly transported from your doorstep to the office, whisked away on a cutting-edge "people mover"? Will technology become your ally, monitoring your well-being, stress levels, and productivity, providing personalized recommendations to enhance your mental health? Picture a future where your office recognizes your need for a revitalizing cup of coffee and has it waiting for you. It's time to talk about the potential of AI to enhance the human experience in the office. While everyone is discussing how AI can improve services today, few are exploring how it will revolutionize our office environments of tomorrow. Don't miss out on this invaluable session tailored for professionals, executives, and thought leaders who want to stay one step ahead in the AI-driven workplace of the future. Join us and be part of the conversation that will shape the way we work and experience the office environment in the years to come.
Wed Apr 10 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

YLG Dinner Meet-up

Each ULI Fall and Spring Meeting, the Americas Young Leaders Group organizes a “buy your own (BYO)” Dinner Meet-up event. This event is open to all young leaders under 35 attending the Meeting. No fee or registration is required. A location will be determined in advance and all registrants in this demographic will be invited to an informal dinner where each person is responsible for the cost of their own meal.
Wed Apr 10 6:30 PM — 9:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Rhinelander North/Center

An Evening with WLI: Curated Conversations Dine Arounds

New York's culinary scene is iconic, with many great women owned, developed or chef led restaurants. The WLI Curated Conversations Dine Arounds will be an intimate dining experience in small groups to cultivate meaningful connections. We will first convene at New York Hilton Midtown. Each dinner group will be hosted by a ULI NY WLI member, who will lead their small group on a walking tour to their restaurant destination. Groups will enjoy a seated dinner featuring inviting fireside chats to discuss key issues and topics of the day. This separately ticketed event is open to all Spring Meeting attendees. Limited spaces are available. Cost is dependent on which restaurant is selected. Attendees must select a restaurant when registering.
Wed Apr 10 8:00 PM — 10:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

The Spring Meeting Reception, hosted by the Young Leaders Group

The ULI Spring Meeting Reception, hosted by the Young Leaders Group, will bring together over 400 Meeting attendees and local members for networking and authentic connection. This separately ticketed event (additional fees do apply) is open to all Spring Meeting attendees and local New York members. The registration fee includes two drink tickets for the bar and hors d'oeuvres.
Thu Apr 11 7:00 AM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Promenade

Registration

Thu Apr 11 7:00 AM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Promenade

Ask ULI

Thu Apr 11 8:00 AM — 1:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Resilience in Rockaway

Visit groundbreaking resilience-focused projects in Rockaway, Queens. The Arverne East project is a master-planned development transforming a 116-acre oceanfront site, composed of a 35-acre publicly accessible nature preserve, mixed-income housing of various tenure, diverse neighborhood retail, parking, and infrastructure. This project also includes a boutique hotel, recreation spaces, an urban farm, and both short- and long-term uses to encourage economic development, cultural programs, and community health and wellness. Arverne East will also include a district geothermal ambient loop, which will tie into individual building systems for increased efficiency and reduced consumption in heating, cooling, and domestic hot water.

Beach Green Dunes II is a model for resilient, green, affordable housing development, delivering 127 affordable homes to one of the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. Like Arvene East, this building’s design and construction uses Passive House principles, a cutting-edge sustainable building method, to increase the building’s energy efficiency. Beach Green Dunes II is a perfect example for how cities and developers can build cutting-edge sustainable design to deliver affordable housing in communities grappling with severe storms, tidal flooding, and rising sea levels.

 

Beach Green Dunes III is currently vacant land owned by the city of New York and is being developed by L+M Development Partners in conjunction with Triangle Equities and The Bluestone Organization. This project will contain residential space, commercial/retail space, and community facility space, as well as an open space transit plaza. Beach Green Dunes III will also be a Passive House–certified building and participate in the city’s Housing Development Corporation’s and Department of Housing Preservation & Development’s Extremely Low and Low Income (ELLA) housing program.


Thu Apr 11 8:00 AM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I

Networking; Exchange of Knowledge, Ideas, & Best Practices; Research & Industry Trends

· Barista Coffee Service, Refreshment Breaks & Networking Lunches
· Presentation Area A & B
· ULI Research Reports, Learning and Publications
· ULI’s 3 Mission Priorities
· ULI Member Benefits
· Lounge Seating and Workstations
· Charging Stations
· Shoeshine Station
Thu Apr 11 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

NEXT Tour and Lunch

Registered NEXT members attending the 2024 Spring Meeting have the exclusive opportunity to explore the New York City through a curated tour focusing on projects related to the NEXT pillars, Transformation, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Connectivity. This tour is only open to members who range in age between 35-50. Lunch will also be provided and is included in the tour registration price.
Thu Apr 11 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Trianon Ballroom

Capital Markets: Borrowers’ Experiences—Recent Success Stories

"For the right deal, there is money to be had…what does the right deal look like?" How do you position your deal to be the right one? Hear insights and learn strategies for navigating real estate capital markets today from both capital providers and capital users. From large to small deals, what debt and equity scenarios did they explore? What were there going-in expectations and criteria? What adjustments were made along the way in their capital structure? What worked and what didn't? Refinance? Development?
Thu Apr 11 10:30 AM — 10:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

The Interplay between Transit-Oriented Development and the 15-Minute City

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is now a mature concept in city building, having been applied in many cities around the world for well over two decades. In this discussion, Helene Chartier, director of urban planning and design at C40, and Sander Mozo, planner at the city of Vancouver, reflect on the successes and shortcomings of the concept over the past decades. They discuss how the 15-minute city concept can help shape TOD for the better and share their experiences in developing new models for TOD with a greater emphasis on connections to existing neighborhoods and community building.
Thu Apr 11 10:30 AM — 10:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Navigating Real Estate Investments: Demystifying the Waterfall Structure

Join ULI Learning instructor Dr. Charles Tu as he provides an overview of the fundamental principles behind waterfall structures in real estate pro formas and introduces basic techniques for modeling waterfall using Excel.
Thu Apr 11 11:00 AM — 11:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Building an Equitable Greenway System: Lessons from the NYC’s Greenways Coalition

The NYC Greenways Coalition is a collective of more than 45 greenway-aligned groups focused on advocating for planning and implementation of a 400-mile citywide greenway network. In December 2022, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), which created and convenes the coalition, engaged ULI to provide recommendations for embedding equity in the coalition's cross-sector partnership models to ensure more communities benefit from greenway investment and planning resources. Join this short session to hear about how BGI is establishing and building alignment around an equity-focused vision to advance greenway access throughout New York City's boroughs.
Thu Apr 11 11:00 AM — 11:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

2024 Home Attainability Index

ULI's Terwilliger Center for Housing partnered with RCLCO to create the 2024 Home Attainability Index. The Index is a data-rich resource for understanding the extent to which a housing market is providing a range of choices attainable to the regional workforce. In this session, Adam Ducker, CEO of RCLCO, demonstrates the main components of the tool and how to use it. Learn about the data included in the Index and how it can help local stakeholders understand what types of housing are needed, at what price points, and who exactly is priced out.
Thu Apr 11 11:30 AM — 11:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Pumping Up Sustainability: Embracing Heat Pumps in Commercial Real Estate

Twenty-eight percent of global carbon emissions originate from building operations, according to research by the World Green Building Council. Of that 28 percent, 15 percent come exclusively from heating and cooling buildings. These sizable emissions present an opportunity for investors, owners, and developers of new construction and retrofits to leverage energy efficient innovations such as heat pumps to meet consumer needs in a sustainable and cost-effective way. Heat pump technology is becoming an increasingly scalable solution toward fully electrifying commercial real estate. In addition to their environmental benefits, heat pumps offer enhanced occupant comfort and tenant energy bill savings. This session touches on heat pump technology and debunks common myths, such as heat pumps can only heat spaces (they can cool them, too!), heat pumps are not cost effective (they are comparable options to what is available on the market!), heat pumps are not viable in cold climates (they perform well in all climates!), and more.
Thu Apr 11 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I & II

Networking Lunch

Thu Apr 11 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Murray Hill Suite

Equity by Design: Preserving Homeownership with Equitable Redevelopment and Purposeful Placemaking

In response to the pandemic and the global push for racial justice, the Freedom West team and future development is prioritizing equity in the built environment. This panel explores an "Equity by Design" framework to design and development, uncovering a community's needs and aspirations—including underserved voices—and tying design solutions to what is heard. Freedom West 2.0 will exemplify an Equity by Design approach through the revitalization of Freedom West Homes in San Francisco, the largest and oldest co-op in western North America. Spanning four city blocks, the project encompasses 382 existing homes and 2,000 new ones. Its primary objective is to provide a sustainable future for the predominantly African American and East Asian population in the area. The master plan and conceptual design revolves around restoring the city grid and urban neighborhood character, as opposed to the current forced suburban layout, driven by the city's density reduction agenda, particularly affecting ethnic communities. MacFarlane Partners and First Legacy Partners have fully committed to community equity. This approach not only considers the co-op's spatial requirements but also its values.
Thu Apr 11 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Trianon Ballroom

Fostering Next-Generation Central Business Districts

The panel will focus on strategies for developing vibrant, inclusive, healthy central business districts (CBDs) in the post pandemic era, particularly in the context of the work-from-home reality. Panelists will explore approaches, such as office to residential conversions and creative use of ground floor space, that have been implemented in New York City and other global cities, as well as challenges and lessons learned along the way. The panel will delve into the current status of NYC's CBD neighborhoods, including Midtown, Midtown South, and Downtown, and highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy tax base. It will explore how to reinforce the city core amidst the trend of decentralization and debate the ingredients (uses, spaces, etc.) vital to creating a healthy, thriving CBD ecosystem. The panel will highlight successful examples from other cities around the world to provide broader context, with panelists sharing insights on strategies to increase office occupancy and discuss tools and techniques for creating more activity through new uses and conversions. Additionally, it will explore approaches for transforming the public realm to be more attractive and inviting.
Thu Apr 11 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Gramercy Suite

The Tesla of Commercial Real Estate: How Mass Timber Is Changing the Way We Design and Build

In recent decades, no building material has inspired awe, passion, and innovation like mass timber. Nature's building solution is transforming the construction industry because it sequesters carbon, greatly improves speed and precision, significantly reduces the size of the framing crew, and, most important, creates a superior product that occupants love. The United States has been behind Europe and Canada in the production and use of mass timber and many municipal codes haven't even contemplated tall timber as a solution. But in recent years that has changed, as companies such as Google, Adidas, Atlassian, and Walmart have embraced mass timber and cities have updated codes to allow for taller mass timber structures to be built. This session serves as a "state of the union" for mass timber: how far it has come, its massive future potential, and the biggest challenges (and solutions) for its progress.
Thu Apr 11 2:00 PM — 2:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I & II

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Thu Apr 11 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Trianon Ballroom

Building the 15-Minute Community: Leadership Strategies in Real Estate and Infrastructure

Fifteen-minute communities hold the promise of accelerating decarbonization, increasing housing affordability, reducing climate and health risks, and fostering social equity. This approach to city building lays a foundation for developing compact, mixed-use, and walkable communities that can increase real estate value, create co-benefits for joint use and co-location, and generate new resources to help invest in local communities. The ULI Curtis Infrastructure Initiative created Building 15-Minute Communities: A Leadership Guide to share actionable leadership strategies across public, private, and nonprofit sectors to decarbonize metro regions with a network of 15-minute transit-oriented communities; diversify urban central business districts into affordable, live-in downtowns; humanize edge cities into heat-proof, resilient, retirement, and child-friendly communities; densify suburban corridors into walkable, mixed-use innovation districts; transform suburban malls into transit and trail-oriented mixed-use communities; and activate exurbs as working landscapes of agrihoods and nature-based solutions. Learn about this practical tool for aligning leadership actions to implementation.
Thu Apr 11 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Gramercy Suite

Developing “Missing Middle” Housing: Opportunities, Challenges, and Creative Financing Tools

This session will cover the opportunities and challenges in developing mixed- or middle-income, infill multifamily development—often referred to as "missing middle" housing. Using real development case studies presented by three developers, the panel will cover both rental multifamily and homeownership development models. The case studies will show how we can deliver housing more affordably than typical market-rate development and more efficiently than typical affordable housing development, using creative financing tools that blend private impact equity with strategic public financing sources.
Thu Apr 11 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Murray Hill Suite

From Competitiveness to Well-Being: Changing Priorities for Cities?

This panel will explore the challenges and opportunities cities face with a focus on the U.S./North American context from a variety of different perspectives—economic, social, and governance. Many cities are incredibly desirable and expensive places to live. However, they are struggling with perceptions about safety, quality of life, underlying and persistent inequities, the economic health of city centers, and balancing budgets. What are the major shared challenges cities are confronting and how are they grappling with them? What new opportunities does this moment present? New York City has returned to pre-Covid unemployment levels (as of September 2023) but is grappling with a deepening affordable housing crisis, strained municipal budgets, and long-term climate risks, among other challenges. Is there an emerging playbook for addressing this moment? How is NYC handling these challenges? And, more optimistically, where are the opportunities?
Thu Apr 11 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Grand Ballroom

Closing General Session: Innovating During Times of Uncertainty: Adapting Your Business for the New Normal

The business world has transformed tremendously in recent times. Executives are forced to rethink how they operate, what they offer employees, and their greater long-term impact on society. But what does the current business landscape look like for smaller companies? Uncharted Power is a venture-backed small business in the niche power infrastructure space—if you subscribe to the theory of intersectionality, the nature of their business stacks all odds against them. But CEO and founder Jessica O. Matthews is using this time to breed new vision for her company. If you're exploring innovation and adaptation for your business, Matthews will share how Uncharted Power has pivoted in the new business world by doubling down on their mission of redefining power access and building smarter, safer cities. She will discuss the following: • The biggest challenges she has faced as a startup leader and how she's turning adversity into vision; • The need for small companies to see beyond their own path and understand how they interconnect with other businesses and the world; and • What recent events have taught us about global infrastructure and how we can make updates to improve public health and lives.
Thu Apr 11 5:00 PM — 6:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Grand Ballroom

ULI Closing Reception

Final networking reception at Fall Meeting.

Three days of inspiration, thought leadership, and connection

New York Hilton Midtown
New York, NY, United States

April 9-11, 2024

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