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Leadership Lookout with Tanya Segel, Co-Chair, Connecticut Steering Committee

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Tanya Segel, Managing Partner and Founder, REV Group, LLC and Vesta Real Estate Partners, LLC. Serving as the chair and co-chair of the Connecticut Steering Committee for two years, as well as being a standing Associate Member of ULI, I have seen first hand the real estate and land use challenges practitioners in Connecticut face. Despite a shrinking economy, Connecticut has experienced significant real estate and development activity in the realms of adaptive re-use, “eds and meds,” transit-oriented development (TOD), and affordable housing. Environmental issues, climate change/sea level rise and availability … Read More

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Understanding the Tenants, Talent, and Titans of Boston Real Estate

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by Jennifer Keller is a Director at HFF Boston remains one of the top 10 U.S. Markets to Watch for investment and is ranked #1 in the Northeast Region, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017 report, from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC. The report identifies the growth of technology, financial, and healthcare industries as key factors, in addition to the city’s world-class colleges and universities, driving Boston’s competitiveness relative to other markets nationally and internationally. These factors are not new or surprising. But, there are … Read More

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5 Questions with Jamie Simchik, Principal Planner, Fort Hill Places

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Jamie Simchik is a Principal Planner at Fort Hill Places in Boston, MA. Fort Hill Places is a Division of Fort Hill Companies LLC, a full-service architectural, engineering, and urban planning firm with offices in Massachusetts and Florida. In this capacity, Jamie advises public and private sector clients on a variety of real estate-related matters, including project management, preparation of development guidelines, pro forma creation, marketing, public outreach, entitlement strategies, site planning, and transportation planning. Jamie is a member of the ULI Urban Development & Mixed-Use Product National Product Council … Read More

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Sponsor Spotlight with Goulston & Storrs

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Sponsor Spotlight with CohnReznick: 2017 Commercial Real Estate Outlook

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2017 Commercial Real Estate Outlook In the years following the Great Recession, property fundamentals stabilized across all sectors. Coupled with a continually improving economic outlook, the various constituencies of the real estate industry have enjoyed something close to open-field running. In 2016, we saw those conditions begin to evolve as deals became harder to find. In the years following the Great Recession, property fundamentals stabilized across all sectors. Coupled with a continually improving economic outlook, the various constituencies of the real estate industry have enjoyed something close to open-field running. … Read More

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City Planning Must Go Beyond Roads And Parking Lots

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Prioritizing A Future With Infrastructure Investment And Design   It was the urban activist Jane Jacobs, author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” whose loud criticism of master urban planner Robert Moses ushered in the end of development based on the notion that cars come first. While Moses’s legacy lives on through the parkways, freeways and other transportation structures he designed in and around New York City, his disdain for public transportation and walkable cities has only strengthened the view that infrastructure needs to do more than … Read More

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5 Questions with David Linhart, Associate, Goulston & Storrs

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David Linhart’s law practice focuses on developer financing and approvals in addition to other commercial real estate matters in the Real Estate group at Goulston & Storrs. Prior to joining the firm, David assisted in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts as part of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, where he initiated a statewide supportive housing inventory examining resident services funding. 1. Your career path has covered a lot of ground, from cancer research and leading a reggae band, to practicing law at Goulston & Storrs … Read More

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Voices from UrbanPlan Public Leadership Institute

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By Judith Garcia, Chelsea City Council and UPPLI Participant Chelsea’s history is filled with great successes and some disappointing failures. At one time, the city was a leading manufacturer of wooden sailing vessels. Its factories created shoes, stoves, and precision timepieces. The Chelsea Clock Company is one of America’s oldest and finest. The city has also been the site of devastating fires, poverty, and corruption. Following its economic collapse in 1990, Chelsea was placed in receivership. From that point, and the low point of corruption that preceded it, Chelsea created … Read More

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Sponsor Spotlight with Nutter: New Year, New Tax Laws?

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      New Year, New Tax Laws? Tax Reform Proposals Under Trump and the House “Blueprint” On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump took office as the 45th U.S. President, and he has announced tax reform as a top legislative item on his 100-day action plan. Given the strong support for tax reform among congressional Republicans, we expect the year to bring continued calls for significant changes to the tax code. Specific legislative language has not yet been proposed and, while there are some policy differences between the House’s “Tax … Read More

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5 Questions with Ben Sayles, Director, HFF

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Ben Sayles is a Director in the Boston office of HFF with more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate. He is primarily responsible for investment sales transactions focusing on office, multi-housing and retail properties. Ben Co-chairs the Boston Market Council and Program Oversight Committee for ULI Boston/New England.       How would you describe your role at HFF? HFF is a capital markets intermediary – meaning, we don’t have leasing, property management or investment advisory services that could be perceived as a conflict of interest by … Read More

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