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5 Questions with Kirk Sykes, Managing Partner Accordia Partners

Kirk Sykes is Managing Partner of Accordia Partners (AP). Sykes combines his professional training and hands-on experience in the areas of development, design and construction to create customized responses to the complex issues of urban real estate development. His approach is grounded in the bottom-line driven perspective gained during his tenure as a director of The Federal Reserve Bank, Capital Crossing Bank REIT Board, Fleet Bank, The New Boston Fund and BankBoston’s First Community Bank Advisory Boards and various other for-profit and non-profit board affiliations.       How has … Read More

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Boston Spring Summit

Come to ULI Boston’s Spring Summit event (formerly known as Trends in Real Estate Forum) to hear experts and colleagues from across the industry identify – and define – opportunities in a transforming real estate environment. Today’s office and residential developments look more like hospitality offerings than ever before. New technological advances are revolutionizing how cities are designed, built, and function. Boston is leading these megatrends and will inevitably be transformed by them. The Urban Living Panel will explore how Greater Boston is meeting the challenge of providing the amenitized housing … Read More

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ULI Westchester/Fairfield Development 360: Session II- Capital Markets with Paul Doocy

          DEVELOPMENT 360   Introduction to the Development Process – Session II: Capital Markets To all aspiring real estate developers and young professionals seeking a deeper understanding of the overall process (and challenges) faced by real estate developers; ULI West/FF  is pleased to announce its DEVELOPMENT 360 Program. DEVELOPMENT 360 is a five- session professional development program taking place over the course of a year, each session covering the complete cycle the real estate development process  from acquisitions, capital markets, entitlements/land use, construction/architecture through dispositions. The sessions are geared to … Read More

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The Results are In! And the Winner of Technology Council’s Shark Tank Competition is…

  On Wednesday, January 31st, four real estate technology companies took the stage to pitch their products and services in a Shark Tank-style competition presented by ULI Boston/New England’s Technology Council. The competition took place at Goodwin in their beautiful new office space with incredible views of Boston’s Seaport District. David Provost of Boston Properties energetically moderated the event, and Jesse Devitte of Boralis Ventures provided an excellent introduction to Technology Investing. Comfy, HqO, Starry and WiredScore each gave their best pitch and showed the sharks and audience how they are … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Ronette (Ronnie) Slamin, Project Director, Joseph J. Corcoran Company.

Ronette (Ronnie) Slamin graduated in June 2017 with master’s degrees in Real Estate Development and City Planning from MIT. There her focuses were on mixed-income housing and economic development. Before studying at MIT, Ronette worked in Boston for two years in community development at The American City Coalition (TACC). Leading planning initiatives in the Roxbury neighborhood, she created online platforms to engage residents and worked to identify developers and projects that aligned with the communities vision. Ronette is originally from Wilmington, DE. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from … Read More

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Real Estate Tech Survey

The ULI Boston/New England Real Estate Tech Local Product Council is seeking to gain a better understanding of how burgeoning technology can be tailored and leveraged to make commercial real estate professionals’ daily routine, and the industry as a whole, more efficient. It would be much appreciated, if you could take a few minutes to complete this brief survey https://www.research.net/r/tos_uli_boston to share your perspective and experiences in your day to day work. For your participation, you will receive a first look at the survey results. Thanks in advance for your input!

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ULI Experts Identify Priorities for Future Development Catalyzed by Proposed North-South Rail Link

Strengthening links between housing and job centers and preserving high-value land for development should guide future investment For more information, contact: Trisha Riggs at 202-624-7086; trisha.riggs@uli.org WASHINGTON (January 29, 2018) –  An expert panel of real estate and land use professionals convened in Boston by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has identified key priorities to guide future real estate development that could be catalyzed by a proposed underground rail line that will link two major transit hubs—North Station and South Station—and unify two currently separate commuter rail systems. (Click here … Read More

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Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST) Internship Program

In 2017 ULI Boston/New England partnered with KAGE Growth Strategies as a sponsor for the inaugural Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST) internship program.  The CREST program placed 17 interns with organizations in the commercial real estate industry. Students and employers reported very positive experiences with the program and ULI Boston/New England is pleased to announce our continued sponsorship of CREST in 2018 along with NAIOP and CBA. CREST’s mission is to place qualified minority college juniors from academic partner institutions- Brandeis, Bentley, Boston College, Tufts, UMass Boston and Wellesley … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Sara Cassidy, Executive Director,J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Sara Cassidy is an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Real Estate Americas.  Sara is an acquisition officer and is responsible for the origination and structuring of real estate investment transactions in the Northeast.  Her role focuses on acquiring core, value-add and opportunistic office, residential, retail and industrial real estate.  Sara has worked in the metro New York market and currently focuses on Boston and the New England region.  Sara has been involved with the origination and structuring of over $3.5 billion of transactions in all product types on … Read More

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Greater Boston Is In A Long Cycle, Not A Boom

By Michelle Landers Each year, the Urban Land Institute and its members partner with advisers and researchers at PwC to provide an outlook on real estate investment and development trends. The “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” publication, first published in the late 1970s, is one of the most highly regarded forecast reports in the real estate industry. As usual, there is much speculation about where Greater Boston finds itself in the real estate cycle. Most contributors to the report have a rosy outlook for the next 12 to 18 months, … Read More

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Climate-Smart Cities GIS Mapping Tool for Private Sector Use

ULI Boston/New England members are invited to join a free webinar on our newly formed partnership with The Trust for Public Land to launch the Climate-Smart Cities™ GIS mapping tool for private sector use. The regional Climate Smart Cities™ tool uses climate research, computer-assisted mapping, and urban design to help the public, and now private sector, access a GIS mapping tool that visually assesses climate implications on real estate. Through a partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), The Climate-Smart Cities™ Boston Metro Mayors initiative covers 14 cities and … Read More

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