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Greater & Greener 2017: Connecting Cities, Cultures, and Generations

ULI Minnesota encourages you to check out and sign up for Greater & Greener 2017, which will be held locally in Minneapolis and Saint Paul! Greater & Greener is an international urban parks conference and will run from July 29th through August 2nd. Early bird registration is available through the end of March. For more information including registration, click here. From the City Parks Alliance press release: Park leaders, city planners, design professionals, and urban park advocates will convene in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, July 29-August 2, for Greater & Greener 2017: Connecting Cities, … Read More

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Urban Land Magazine and Online Content: Five Minute Survey

2015 Spring Meeting in Houston, Texas

At ULI, we are interested in hearing what you, as a member, value about Urban Land magazine and online content, what we can do better, and how we can improve in providing information that is most important to you.   Please take a few minutes to complete our brief survey.

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Finance & Commerce: MnDOT Digs into Driverless Bus Technology

Over at Finance & Commerce, Clare Kennedy writes about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) February 2nd launch of a project to explore the use of autonomous buses in Minnesota. Motivated by the potential of autonomous vehicles to improve safety, MnDOT believes it is important to help advance the performance of autonomous vehicles in a climate that is much more varied than the California testing grounds where most research and development is taking place. Get the full story here.

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ULI Minnesota convenes “Southwest LRT: A Story of Collaboration and Development”


On Wednesday, January 11th, ULI Minnesota convened a forum in the St. Louis Park City Hall Council Chambers to share how the prospect of light rail transit (LRT) catalyzed corridor-wide collaboration among Hennepin County and the five cities with stations along the proposed route. This resulted in a shared housing strategy, an investment framework, and the development of innovative financial tools and policies that are producing dense, walkable, mixed-use and mixed-income developments throughout the corridor. ULI Minnesota was proud to contribute to these efforts over the last several years through … Read More

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Reimagining the Winter City: Metro Transit TOD Forum

Reimagining the Winter City

Join the Metro Transit Office of Transit Oriented Development for Reimagining the Winter City – a half-day mini conference for designers, planners, engineers, and developers in and around the Minneapolis – St. Paul region to come together and better understand the immense opportunities to reshape our urban spaces to become true four-season cities. We can build vibrancy, increase mobility, and support transit service in all seasons of the year with the right plans, projects, and programming. REGISTER AT THE LINK BELOW Reimagining the Winter City You’ll hear from a team … Read More

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The Critical Importance of Civic Trust

As 2016 ends, we are experiencing one of the most contentious and tumultuous periods in recent memory. If it feels like there is something more in the air right now than what happens in every major election year, there is data to back that up. Research from Gallup shows that Americans’ confidence and trust in our most important institutions–government, police, religious organizations and more–are at or near historic lows. We want to share a different story. ULI Minnesota has been building trust among our region’s political, civic, and business leaders … Read More

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ULI MN in the News: MnDOT TAP and 11th Annual Economic Outlook


ULI Minnesota held two major events this week, and we were excited to receive press coverage for both. ULI Minnesota Technical Assistance Panel for MnDOT On Tuesday, ULI Minnesota held a public presentation at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul to share the findings of the Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) completed on behalf of MnDOT. Our panelists were asked to consider whether private sector investment would generate sufficient revenue to pay for building “lids” and other improvements along I-94 as it is rebuilt in the coming years and what steps … Read More

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ULI MN Completes “Healthy Communities Initiative” Technical Assistance Panel for MnDOT


On behalf of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), ULI Minnesota recently completed its biggest and most complex Technical Assistance Panel to date. Under the leadership of Commissioner Charlie Zelle, MnDOT approached ULI MN with a 21st century strategy for how interstates could be rebuilt to restore connections in adjacent neighborhoods and foster new growth opportunities on MnDOT right of way. This strategy involves constructing “lids” above the roadway and preparing freeway embankments to support development. MnDOT invited ULI MN to conduct a Technical Assistance Panel to analyze whether private … Read More

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South Quarter IV Wins Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award


South Quarter IV, a housing development in Minneapolis, has been selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. The annual award, which honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes, is provided to developments in which all or a portion of the units are affordable to households earning up to 120 percent of the area median income (AMI). South Quarter IV, which was honored during a ceremony … Read More

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Well Being and a Sustainable Future

Well Being and a Sustainable Future   Presented by Interface/Pulse Products/Fluid Interiors/MSR/CBRE In our ever-changing world, we seek a better understanding of our environment and the role of industry to chart our future. The past few years have focused on developing systems to ensure better-designed buildings and responsible use of materials. The industry is now transitioning toward a focus on the health and well-being of its occupants. Leading researcher and author, Bill Browning, has been exploring the economics of biophilic design and will provide us with valuable insight into how our … Read More

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