“Over 100 Years of Deals”: Chairman Richard Kessler featured in Wall Street Journal (ULI New York)

Richard Kessler, ULI New York Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Benenson Capital Partners was featured in the Wall Street Journal on May 13, 2013. The article, “Over 100 Years of Deals” highlights the history of the Benenson family real estate empire and Kessler’s contributions as COO, handling the firm’s day to day operations, deal structuring, and negotiations….
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Three ULI Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership Fellows Selected as Winners of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge

Three Urban Land Institute (ULI) Rose Center for Public Leadership fellows were among the five winners in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge. The mayors of Houston, Texas (Mayor Annise Parker) and Philadelphia, Pa. (Mayor Michael Nutter) were awarded innovation prizes while Providence, RI. (Mayor Angel Taveras) took top honors by receiving the Mayors Challenge Grand Prize for Innovation….
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Reducing Federal Deficits: It’s Time for Housing Finance Reform

As Congress debates a variety of proposals to reduce U.S. debt and deficits, popular real estate programs like MID, FHA, and GSEs finds itself on the negotiating table. According to a recent study by Smart Growth America, the federal government spends or commits approximately $450 billion. Join a discussion about how key policy reforms and recommendations can reduce this enormous price tag and align public policy to meet market demands for housing in walkable, sustainable developments across the country….
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Closing General Session and Luncheon

Recognizing the importance that housing plays in the long-term success and competitiveness in Massachusetts, Governor Patrick announced a Statewide Housing Production Goal of 10,000 multi-family housing units per year between 2012 and 2020. Learn about how this goal will help Massachusetts achieve and sustain a positive net-migration; the role the goal plays in communications and partnership building; the commitment needed by local communities, business and developers, and best practices when considering a goal like this in your community, region or state….
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The Investment Case for Age-Qualified Housing

Given its sound performance, it is no surprise that the age-qualified housing sector is outperforming all other commercial real estate asset classes during the Great Recession. Many investors are increasingly interested in getting into this business. Using objective data and case studies, this session will highlight information that investors, planners, developers, and others interested in investing in or developing top performing age-qualified communities need to know before making the investment decision….
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Around the Beltway and Beyond: Federal Housing Policy Update

All planning and development is local, but what happens inside the Beltway can major implications for states and localities. Join this session for a look behind the headlines and inside the Beltway! What are the prospects for and implications of budget cuts, tax reform, and housing finance reform over the next year? How might Congressional or Administration actions change the way in which we think about providing affordable housing and stronger communities? Panelists will share updates on the current federal policy landscape and what it may mean for real estate development in 2013 and beyond….
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Planning for the Future – Building Resilience into Housing

With the accelerating rise of sea levels and intensifying weather events, where housing is located and how it is designed to meet changing conditions are becoming essential questions. What can be done with exiting housing to make it more resilient to new conditions? Where should housing not be located? What changes in basic building codes are important to consider? Hear a discussion from those who have been actively involved about recent lessons-learned from those impacted by recent hurricanes to growing commitment to resiliency and long term planning in the Gulf Coast. …
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Investing in What Works for America’s Communities

Many American’s are falling further behind and finding it harder to climb out of poverty into the middle class. Income inequality is at the highest level since the Great Depression and sever poverty is deepening. These shifts have major implications for real estate and community development. To address these issues, the Low Income Investment Fund and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco recently published a new book called Investing in What Works for America’s Communities: Essays on People, Place, and Purpose. This session will explore new ideas and entrepreneurial solutions offered by leading experts….
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Boomers’ Housing Preferences Segment by Segment — Success through Differentiation

Ninety percent of the Boomers who plan to move will move to traditional, all-age housing communities. Still, the positioning, lifestyle and product provided by the community will be most successful if it is customer centric and targeted to appeal to specific market sectors as opposed to trying to be all things to all people. This session will explore the many faces and housing preferences of 55+ consumers. Who are they and what to do they want?…
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