Small Scale Developer Forum 2017: Made in Detroit

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June 5 @ 8:00 am
June 6 @ 4:45 pm
Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney
One Park Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
David Mulvihill, Vice President, Professional Development


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ULI’s Spring 2017 Small Scale Developers Forum is coming to Detroit, MI June 5-6.  For the past five years this program has examined first hand the transformative power of ‘Small’ in nine different cities. Detroit, an emerging center of re-invention, re-birth and real estate entrepreneurialism, will be the site of our 10th Small Scale Developers Forum.

The Made in Detroit program will include walking tours, energizing personal panel discussions, and plenty of networking opportunities with fellow Real Estate Entrepreneurs. Additionally, this program will include a deep focus into the world of Co-Working, Urban Manufacturing and Maker Spaces – uses that are driving neighborhood reinvention and creating unique reuse opportunities for older buildings and fine grained neighborhoods. Speakers from Detroit and Brooklyn NY, as well as new research from Preservation GreenLab will be featured in this portion of the program.

Exceptional networking opportunities include luncheons and a cocktail reception and dinner where attendees will have the opportunity to get to know other attendees and panelists in an informal atmosphere while you build your long term network of resources.

Tours will include Midtown Detroit and a portfolio review of Bedrock Detroit’s considerable investment and bet to restore downtown Detroit to its former glory. Tour details and speakers to be announced soon!

Course Leader

Jim HeidJim Heid2
Healdsburg, CA

Jim Heid is a real estate developer and strategic development consultant focused on the tools and techniques that lead to a more sustainable built environment. In 2000, he founded UrbanGreen® to advise established real estate companies, legacy landowners and government agencies on how to develop real estate assets that foster community change while generating appropriate economic returns.  Known for his aspirational but practical approach, he is valued for his ability to communicate the value of good design, within the realities of local market norms.

An active member of the Urban Land Institute since 1993, Jim has authored white papers and articles on sustainable design, resilience, responsible investment and small scale, incremental development.   In 2011, Jim worked closely with ULI staff to create the Real Estate Entrepreneurs Program, which began as a series of Small Scale Development Forums, held around the country.  To further the potential of this effort, in fall of 2015 he helped organize an unprecedented gathering of nine national organizations (ULI, CNU, NTBA, Locus, Preservation GreenLab, Strong Towns, National Main Streets, Incremental Development Alliance) to help align each groups’ collective efforts to promote small scale, incremental development as a practical tool for regenerating communities.

Today he is actively involved in three development projects focused on mixed use, small scale infill, and continues his role as advisor to legacy families and cities wanting to harness the power of incremental development to shape more sustainable neighborhoods.

Trained as a landscape architect, Jim received a Masters in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as way to more effectively integrate economics, development and design thinking.

Guest Speakers

(Additional speakers to be announced)

Clifford Brown
Woodborn Partners
Detroit, MI

Brian Coleman
GreenPoint Manufacturing
Brooklyn, NY

Andrew Frey
Founder and Principal
Tecela Real Estate Innovation
Miami, FL

Eric B. Larson
President / CEO
Larson Realty Group
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Amanda Lewen
Bamboo Detroit
Detroit, MI

David Light
Kinetix Projects LLC
Pittsburgh, PA

Susan Mosey
Executive director
Midtown Detroit Inc.
Detroit, MI

Lorenzo Perez
Principal & Co-Founder
Venue Projects
Phoenix, AZ

Joel Stone
Senior Curator
Detroit Historical Society
Detroit, MI

David Wanzer
Pivot Project
Oklahoma City, OK


ULI Members: $850
Nonmembers: $1,130

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, reception/dinner, luncheon, and refreshments.

Cancellations, which must be made in writing or email to ULI Customer Service, will be subject to a $100 administrative fee. Cancellations must be received at least seven days prior to the start of the workshop to be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be granted thereafter. You may, however, transfer your registration, without penalty, to another member of your organization.

Program Highlights

•Intimate tours of small scale projects with the development team

•Co-Working, Maker Space and Urban Manufacturing

•Behind the scenes discussion of project challenges and how lesson learned are informing new projects

•Role of entrepreneurs in remaking cities

•Lessons learned from small scale developers

•Making Opportunities in Post Industrial Cities

•Networking reception and dinner with speakers