Seventy-Five Years of Leadership In Land Use: Urban Land Institute To Mark Key Anniversary at Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo In Los Angeles October 25-28, 2011

ULI Governors Michael Matkins and John Hagestad are Co-Chairs of ULI’s Local Arrangements Committee

For more information, contact: Trisha Riggs, 202/624-7086; priggs@uli.org

WASHINGTON (December 8, 2010) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use, will kick off a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary at the institute’s annual Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo, set for the Staples Center in Los Angeles October 25-28, 2011.

As the largest of the institute’s events, the annual ULI Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo routinely draws more than 6,000 members and guests, including internationally renowned land use experts representing all land use disciplines. The landmark anniversary of ULI and the special programming being planned to mark the occasion will add significantly to what is already a highly popular meeting among both seasoned industry professionals and those starting their real estate careers.

The ULI Local Arrangements Committee, which is charged with maximizing the visibility of the Southern California real estate market to meeting attendees, is being chaired by ULI Governors Michael L. Matkins, senior partner, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory Natsis LLP in Los Angeles; and John S. Hagestad, managing director, Sares Regis Group in Irvine. The committee also leads the ULI’s fundraising efforts for the meeting.

The 2011 event at the Staples Center will include a special focus on LA LIVE, one of only five global winners of ULI’s 2010 Awards for Excellence. LA LIVE is a $2.5 billion, five-million-square-foot entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles that has sparked additional private development in a formerly underdeveloped area of the city.

Los Angeles last hosted ULI’s Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo in 2005. “So much has happened in downtown Los Angeles since the last ULI Fall Meeting took place in the city,” Hagestad said. “We look forward to taking advantage of the energy that has built up around LA LIVE and making it a centerpiece for the meeting. ULI members who have not been here since the last meeting here are in for an incredibly exciting experience.”

“Los Angeles provides the perfect backdrop for celebrating ULI’s 75th anniversary,” Matkins said. “The transformation that has occurred in the city’s downtown over the past several years is illustrative of the wonderfully positive impact ULI has had in so many neighborhoods, cities and entire urban regions since 1936.

According to ULI Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips, the kickoff celebration of the milestone anniversary will be marked by looking forward to what the institute can achieve over the next 75 years. “Dramatic changes related to demographics, the economy and the environment are necessitating a major overhaul in what and where we build, and will continue to do so in the decades ahead,” Phillips said. “The 2011 Fall Meeting will set the stage for what ULI has yet to accomplish. Now, perhaps more than ever, is the time for leadership in the development of our built environment. ULI’s expertise in the responsible use of land has never been more necessary, or more relevant, to more places around the world.”

About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (uli.org) 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 nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.