ULI Los Angeles Presents Experts on Revitalizing Neighborhoods, From Crenshaw and Culver City to Bell and DTLA and More

Affordable Housing, Innovative Retail and Emerging Communities Join Popular Roundtable Issues

ULI Los Angeles, a district council of the Urban Land Institute, holds its annual Urban Marketplace development conference and expo June 6, 2019, 7:30 am to noon, at Los Angeles Football Club Banc of California Stadium, 3939 South Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

This year’s Urban Marketplace explores the important issues and emerging communities shaping Los Angeles-area development. Themed “Planting Seeds for Successful Growth: Developing Opportunities Through Community,” the event opens with two expert panels: one on building community, the other on development and funding trends.  Panel one is “Planting Seeds” featuring  Claire Fox, Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council; Kelly Boyer, President, Rose Community Capital; Shoneji  Robison, Managing Partner/Co-Owner, Southern Girl Desserts; and Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, LURN. Panel two is “Developing Opportunity” featuring Larry Kosmont, Chairman and CEO, Kosmont Companies; Sondra Wegner, Managing Director, CIM Group; and Daryl Carter, Chairman and CEO, Avanath Capital Management.

“Urban Marketplace examines the two crucial sides of vibrant communities: creating neighborhood engagement prior to development, and ensuring healthy support for that community after development,” said Urban Marketplace Co-Chair Renee Barot. “This year’s event offers exciting examples of both.”

Following these high-level presentations, Urban Marketplace will break-out to interactive roundtable discussions on L.A.’s hottest development issues and locations.

“Urban Marketplace is one of the most dynamic events produced by ULI Los Angeles. It is where professionals from all sectors exchange the latest knowledge on Los Angeles’ ever-evolving urban fabric,” said Urban Marketplace Co-Chair Shmel C. Graham. “Our motto is ‘make a deal, and make a difference,’ and the connections among participants always lead to productive, new business relationships.”

Rendering of The West LA Veterans Collective supportive housing at Veteran’s Administration grounds. The project will be an Urban Marketplace roundtable, June 6.

2019 Roundtables include:

·       New Housing Legislation – Reducing Barriers to Urban Infill in California: Elizabeth Camacho, Senior Counsel, Loeb & Loeb; Chris Tourtelotte, Managing Director, Acquisitions & Capital Markets, LaTerra Development.

·       Steelcraft – Reinvigorating Downtown Main Streets: Martin Howard, President, Howard CDM; Lisa Kim, Community and Economic Development Director, City of Garden Grove.

·       Hank’s Mini-Market – #morethanacornermarket: Kelli Jackson, Owner, Hank’s Market; and Claire Fox, Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council.

·       Destination Crenshaw – 1.3 Miles of Art & Culture Celebrating Black LA: Drake Dillard, AIA, NOMAC, Senior Project Manage, Perkins + Will; Joanne Kim, Senior Advisor, LA City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

·       Ivy Station – Culver City’s Newest Destination: Ryan K. Burton, Vice President, Lowe; Monica Rodriguez, Senior Associate, KFA. LLC

·       LA Family Housing – The Campus: Amy S. Cole, MSW/MBA, Senior Director of Permanent Supportive Housing, LA Family Housing; Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, President and CEO, LA Family Housing.

·       HATCHspaces: Betting on Bioscience: Howard Kozoff, Partner/Co-Founder, HATCHspaces; Yordanos Gebretatios, Executive Director, LA Bioscience Hub

·       Creative Placemaking – Energizing Neighborhood Communities: Shannon Heffernan, Urban Design Director, Studio One Eleven; Alicia Velasco, Community and Economic Development Director, City of Lomita.

·       LA Metro – Alternative Mobility Strategies: Frank Ching, Deputy Executive Officer, Operation Programs Countywide Planning & Development, LA Metro; Joshua Schank, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Extraordinary Innovation, LA Metro

·       City of Bell – Connecting SE Communities to the LA River: Robert Linton, Public Works Manager, City of Bell; Lee Alexanderson, Civil Engineer, LA County Flood Control District

·       Prop HHH – How Hard Can Spending 1B Dollars Be?  Nick Halaris, President, Metros Capital; Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director, LISC

·       DTLA Pop Up Connect – Kickstarting New Retail Brands: Nicholas Griffin, Downtown Business Improvement District

·       Missing Middle – How Can We Address the Housing Gap? Tim Plasky, Executive Director, BIA LA; Monica Mejia, Director of Housing Development, Linc Housing

Ivy Station event lawn and town square. Developer Lowe and architects Monica Rodriguez, KFA will present the project at Roundtable.

·       High-Rise Mass Timber – New Code Gamechanger: Mitt Timmers, Associate Principal, John A. Martin Associates

·       Public Housing – Changing Face of the Affordable Housing Crisis: Colleen Edwards, Regional Project Manager, Chelsea Investment Corp.; Doug Guthrie, President and CEO, HACLA

·       United Way LA – Accelerating Housing Solutions to Bring Everyone Home for Good: Emily Bradley, Senior Program Officer, Homeless Initiatives, United Way of Greater LA; Mike Dennis, Director of Organizing, Everyone In

·       West LA Veterans Collective – Supportive Housing Community: Blake Coddington, Senior Program Officer, Homeless Initiatives, United Way of Greater LA; Lori Allgood, Vice President of Development, US VETS

·       Communities of Opportunity – Creating a Culture of Connectedness: Kelly Boyer, President, Rose Community Capital

·       Opportunity Zones – Equity or Displacement? Sondra Wegner, Managing Director, CIM Group; Javan Agee, CA Deputy Treasurer, Housing and Economic Development, State of California

·       The Financial Imperative of Mobility and Real Estate: Mark Arizmendi, Bosch Connected Services; Dylan Jones, AIA, Senior Associate, Gensler Mobility Lab

For more information and to register as an attendee or as a sponsor of ULI-LA Urban Marketplace, visit https://la.uli.org/event/urban-marketplace-2019/.

About the Urban Land Institute: Established in 1936, ULI is a nonprofit education and research institute with over 37,000 members across the globe, including 1,600 in the Greater Los Angeles area. A nonpartisan organization, the Institute has long been recognized as one of America’s most respected and widely quoted sources of objective information on urban planning, growth, and development.

The membership of ULI Los Angeles represents the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines. They include developers, builders, investors, architects, public officials, planners, real estate brokers, appraisers, attorneys, engineers, lenders, academics and students. Members of the Urban Land Institute in the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara are automatically members of ULI Los Angeles.

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