World’s Top Real Estate Leaders to Convene at New York City’s Javits Center for ULI’s 2014 Fall Meeting, Set for October 21-23

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7,000 Global Real Estate Developers, Experts To Discuss Demographics, Health, and Business Strategies

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More than 7,000 of the world’s foremost leaders in the real estate and land use industry will convene at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2014 Fall Meeting, set for October 21-23 at the Javits Center in New York City. ULI is a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities.

Each day of the meeting will emphasize a separate topic – Tuesday, October 21, will focus on leadership, offering lessons learned from leaders in the real estate industry and beyond; on Wednesday, October 22, the emphasis will shift to industry trends during the ULI Stan Ross Real Estate Trends Day; and Thursday, October 23, has been designated as “real estate deal day,” with opportunities for attendees to explore and initiate development projects.

Real estate session topics include challenges and opportunities presented by demographic shifts, changing economic drivers and environmental concerns; factors that are fueling (or quelling) optimism in the post-recession environment; business strategies that reflect innovation by rising stars as well as experienced professionals; and adapting the built environment to the reality of climate change. And, reflecting the iconic location, the Fall Meeting will include programming specific to New York as a perennial favorite for real estate investment and development.

As the largest of the institute’s events and the real estate industry’s premier gathering, the annual ULI Fall Meeting routinely draws internationally renowned land use and urban development experts, including commercial developers, finance executives, economic development specialists, architects, urban planners, property owners and managers, real estate consultants, public officials, academics and property advisers.

The ULI Fall Meeting returns to New York after ten years; it was last held there in 2004. Major event sponsors include Bank of America, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, EY, JLL, KTR Capital Partners, Lutron, Prologis, Silverstein Properties, Tishman Speyer, The Related Companies, and Wells Fargo.

The 2014 ULI Fall Meeting Steering Committee, which is responsible for providing input on programming and highlighting New York’s considerable assets, is being co-chaired by Jeff Blau, Chief Executive Officer of The Related Companies; and Rob Speyer, Co-Chief Executive Officer and President of Tishman Speyer.

“There is no more compelling or impactful real estate story than that of New York and after ten years we are excited to again host the Fall Meeting,” Blau said. “One unique distinguishing factor of the ULI meeting is the tangible future investment and development activity that can be directly triggered by the diverse membership of ULI visiting the city.”

"The value of bringing leading developers and land use experts from around the world to New York City is extraordinary," said Speyer. "We all can anticipate an incredible week of idea gathering and information sharing that can impact global issues in a meaningful way."

The 2014 ULI Fall Meeting Host Committee, which is charged with showcasing the city’s urban development successes to meeting attendees, is being co-chaired by ULI leaders Cia Buckley Marakovits, Chief Investment Officer for Dune Real Estate Partners LP; and Marty Burger, Chief Executive Officer of Silverstein Properties, Inc.

“We are incredibly pleased to bring the Fall Meeting to New York. It’s a city at the epicenter of all the tremendous forces of change – demographic, economic, social, environmental and technological in scope – that are reshaping what is built and where’s its built,” Buckley Marakovits said.

“Having the world’s foremost real estate experts convening in one of the world’s most exciting cities is a powerful combination that is making this a must-attend event,” Burger said.

ULI New York, which serves ULI members in the New York metropolitan area, is ULI’s largest district council, with nearly 2,200 members. “One of ULI’s greatest strengths is its impact at the local level,” said ULI New York Chairman Robert C. Lieber, Executive Managing Director of the Island Capital Group. “Having the Fall Meeting in New York presents a unique opportunity to highlight the substantive impact our members have made on the built environment individually, and through their involvement with the district council.”

The institute has a long history with New York; The New York Times reported in 1940 that the institute, which had been founded only four years earlier, had announced at a meeting in the city that its first major work would be a study of the detrimental effects of urban decentralization “made possible by technological development in transportation, communication and power transmission.”

Over the past 25 years, the institute has tapped the expertise of its members for service on ULI advisory panels making recommendations on redevelopment throughout the New York metro area. In 1991, a panel offered advice on improving access to the John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports; in 1996, ULI provided a redevelopment strategy for Governor’s Island. In 2004, ULI provided advice on rebuilding the neighborhoods adjacent to the World Trade Center site, and most recently, in 2013, the institute convened a panel to advise on improving the resiliency of neighborhoods destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.    

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: To be placed on the registration list for ULI’s 2014 Fall Meeting, contact Robert Krueger, 202-624-7051, or Robert(dot)Krueger(at)uli(dot)org.

About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute ( is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 32,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

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