Monthly Archives: May 2019

A Roadmap for Infrastructure Development – What we learned from the Merrimack Valley Recovery Effort

By Jed Ruccio   Last September, excessive pressure in natural gas lines owned by Columbia Gas caused a series of explosions in the Merrimack Valley. When this disaster struck, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency and tapped Joe Albanese, the CEO and founder of Commodore Builders, to lead the recovery effort. Albanese recently provided a briefing for Urban Land Institute members and shared his observations from this extraordinary effort, which had intertwined humanitarian and construction components. This article focuses on the latter. As Chief Recovery Officer, Albanese headed up a massive utility construction and restoration project. Even in the face of a true humanitarian crisis, the recovery team had to approach the task at hand by employing the same basic principles it would for any large-scale construction project. In this case, … Read More

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Job Opportunity – ULI Boston Associate

ULI Boston/New England, a District Council of ULI, has more than 1,400 members. It provides a unique setting by catering not just to one sector of the real estate business but to many – from architects to developers, CEOs to analysts and everyone in between.  Using this interdisciplinary approach, ULI examines land use issues, impartially reports findings and convenes forums to find solutions.   The Opportunity The Associate will assist with events and programs for ULI Boston/New England. The Associate works closely with the Executive Director and staff to maintain … Read More

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Pathways to Inclusion

The Pathways to Inclusion Initiative is wrapping up its first year and will soon be accepting applications for 2019/2020. The program is designed to broaden ULI membership and expand the professional networks of minority developers and land use professionals in New England. The Pathways to Inclusion program will provide up to 25 individuals of color a scholarship to the 2019 Fall Meeting to be held in Washington DC on September 18-21, 2019 in addition to a one-year ULI membership.  This program will also provide a suggested track of programming at the Fall … Read More

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ULI in Connecticut

Thank you to to the two dozen members who joined our recent lunch convening on April 10th at Upward Hartford. Below is a summary of the meeting and presentation. It was thrilling to see so much interest in continuing to bring this group together. Due to ULI Boston’s limited staff, ongoing work in Connecticut will rely on member leadership. Please contact Michelle Landers if you would like to participate on a steering committee to plan future meetings or programs for Connecticut members. A couple of ways for this group to … Read More

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