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Bob Cunningham (center), Principal at TOLD Development Company, talks with ULI attendees during the mobile tour Mixed-Use in the Suburbs: Resurgence of Market-Rate Housing and Preservation of Affordability

Bob Cunningham (center), Principal at TOLD Development Company, talks with ULI attendees during the mobile tour Mixed-Use in the Suburbs: Resurgence of Market-Rate Housing and Preservation of Affordability

Attendees during the Excelsior and Grand residential and business district in St. Louis Park, Minn., along the mobile tour Mixed-Use in the Suburbs: Resurgence of Market-Rate Housing and Preservation of Affordability

Attendees during the Excelsior and Grand residential and business district in St. Louis Park, Minn., along the mobile tour Mixed-Use in the Suburbs: Resurgence of Market-Rate Housing and Preservation of Affordability

Gene Maxwell (center), mayor, City of Hopkins, interacts with Ron Terwilliger, founder of Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing during a reception

Gene Maxwell (center), mayor, City of Hopkins, interacts with Ron Terwilliger, founder of Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing during a reception

Attendees interact during a reception at UNION Rooftop restaurant

Attendees interact during a reception at UNION Rooftop restaurant

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Attendees interact during a reception at UNION Rooftop restaurant

Attendees interact during a reception at UNION Rooftop restaurant

ULI MN Chair Pat Mascia welcoming conference attendees to Housing Opportunity 2015

ULI MN Chair Pat Mascia welcoming conference attendees to Housing Opportunity 2015

Discussion leaders (left to right) The Honorable Gene Maxwell, mayor, City of Hopkins, The Honorable Betsy Hodges, mayor, City of Minneapolis, The Honorable Nora Slawik, mayor, City of Maplewood and The Honorable Christopher Coleman, mayor, City of St. Paul, Minn., during the General Session

Discussion leaders (left to right) The Honorable Gene Maxwell, mayor, City of Hopkins, The Honorable Betsy Hodges, mayor, City of Minneapolis, The Honorable Nora Slawik, mayor, City of Maplewood and The Honorable Christopher Coleman, mayor, City of St. Paul, Minn., during the General Session

Tom Fisher presenting at the General Session: Creating a Great Region: Housing Opportunity and Talent Attraction

Tom Fisher presenting at the General Session: Creating a Great Region: Housing Opportunity and Talent Attraction

Moderator Mary Tingerthal, commissioner, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency during the General Session: Creating a Great Region: Housing Opportunity and Talent Attraction

Moderator Mary Tingerthal, commissioner, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency during the General Session: Creating a Great Region: Housing Opportunity and Talent Attraction

ULI MN members interact and network during the Housing Opportunity Conference in Minneapolis

ULI MN members interact and network during the Housing Opportunity Conference in Minneapolis

Keynote Speaker Liz Ogbu, founder and principal of Studio O, speaking during the General Session of Creating Social Impact through Design

Keynote Speaker Liz Ogbu, founder and principal of Studio O, speaking during the General Session of Creating Social Impact through Design

Moderator Mariia Zimmerman (left), principal and founder, MZ Strategies LLC
and discussion leaders Stephanie Gidigbi, deputy director of public engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation Lisa Bender, councilperson, Ward 10, Minneapolis City Council and Sara Hammerschmidt, senior associate, content, Urban Land Institute, during the Concurrent Session: Transforming Communities for a Car-Optional Lifestyle

Moderator Mariia Zimmerman (left), principal and founder, MZ Strategies LLC and discussion leaders Stephanie Gidigbi, deputy director of public engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation Lisa Bender, councilperson, Ward 10, Minneapolis City Council and Sara Hammerschmidt, senior associate, content, Urban Land Institute, during the Concurrent Session: Transforming Communities for a Car-Optional Lifestyle

Discussion leaders Colleen Carey (far right), president, The Cornerstone Group, Michelle McDonough Winters, senior visiting fellow, ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing and Hal Ferris, founding principal, Spectrum Development Solutions during the Concurrent Session: Why Only Market-Rate or Affordable? How and Why to Develop Mixed-Income Communities

Discussion leaders Colleen Carey (far right), president, The Cornerstone Group, Michelle McDonough Winters, senior visiting fellow, ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing and Hal Ferris, founding principal, Spectrum Development Solutions during the Concurrent Session: Why Only Market-Rate or Affordable? How and Why to Develop Mixed-Income Communities

Keynote Speaker Henry G. Cisneros, founder and CEO, CityView, delivers remarks during the General Session: Change is the Constant in Urban Revitalization

Keynote Speaker Henry G. Cisneros, founder and CEO, CityView, delivers remarks during the General Session: Change is the Constant in Urban Revitalization

ULI attendees take the Green Line light rail during the Tour: Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development: Housing along the Green Line

ULI attendees take the Green Line light rail during the Tour: Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development: Housing along the Green Line

ULI attendees take the Green Line light rail during the Tour: Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development: Housing along the Green Line in St. Paul, Minn.

ULI attendees take the Green Line light rail during the Tour: Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development: Housing along the Green Line in St. Paul, Minn.

ULI attendees listen to Marvin Plakut, President and CEO, Episcopal Homes, during the Tour: Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development: Housing along the Green Line in St. Paul,  Minn.

ULI attendees listen to Marvin Plakut, President and CEO, Episcopal Homes, during the Tour: Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development: Housing along the Green Line in St. Paul, Minn.

Housing Opportunity 2015

ULI MN hosted 350+ people at Housing Opportunity 2015: Better Places, Better Lives in Minneapolis

Housing Opportunity 2015

Better Places, Better Lives Resources

ULI Minnesota hosted colleagues from across the country to explore critical issues in affordable housing development, finance, and design on July 13-15, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. Attendees learned about topics such as changing demographics, lowering development costs, striving for net zero energy, and creating healthier communities full of opportunities to thrive.

Download the Final Program and Speaker Biographies

Download the Presentation Materials

MPR Story: Twin Cities suburban poor outnumber those in urban core

ULI Case Study: Converting Mill Space into Affordable Housing in the Twin Cities

ULI Case Study: The Rose – Minneapolis

Watch the Make Room video, a moving example of why housing and community development efforts are so vitally important.

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