Author: Ron Heckmann

Ron Heckmann is a corporate positioning and media strategist based in the San Francisco Bay Area,

Articles by Ron Heckmann

  • Solutions for America’s Crisis in Nonluxury Housing: ULI Product Councils Collaborate to Move the Needle
    Published on November 08, 2018 in Inside ULI
    A first-time gathering of ULI product council members—drawing attendees from councils focused on multifamily housing and affordable and workforce housing—convened at the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting in Boston to marshal ideas from some of the industry’s leading minds. For near-term action, participants sounded a call for creating a national playbook for local and state-level implementation, a compendium of strategies employed successfully in jurisdictions across the United States that could be adopted elsewhere.
  • Rising Tides: Designing Resilient Amenities for Coastal Cities
    Published on September 01, 2016 in Sustainability
    Developers are undertaking new solutions and adjusting old ones to demonstrate that storm-related and sea-rise resilience can be leveraged into user amenities and community benefits, making dollars stretch further.
  • ULI Report Looks at Sea-Level Rise in the Bay Area
    Published on July 06, 2015 in Sustainability
    ULI San Francisco has released a report titled Tackling Sea-Level Rise: Best Practices in the San Francisco Bay Area based on a yearlong research effort. The report aims to help Bay Area governments, developers, landowners, and others to plan appropriately for sea-level rise, which the Bay Conservation and Development Commission estimates could inundate potentially 280 square miles (725 sq km) of property by 2050.
  • Building Healthier and Never Going Back
    Published on November 07, 2014 in Sustainability
    How do you create built environments that actually improve health? Panelists at the ULI Fall Meeting said that successes in improving health need to be shared while meeting financial and investment objectives. “Once you see these principles at work, it makes such an impact that there’s no going back,” said Susan Powers, president, Urban Ventures LLC.
  • Denser Suburbs Drawing Homebuyers with Walkable Town Centers
    Published on November 07, 2014 in Market Trends
    Master-planned communities and suburban models that once dominated homebuilding are shifting to include walkable, compact town centers.
  • Three Case Studies Combining Office Development With Placemaking
    Published on November 04, 2014 in Market Trends
    As panelists demonstrated at the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting, owners and developers are generating new demand for office space by repositioning entire neighborhoods and developing new mixed-use buildings to meet the needs of office users.
  • Real Estate Firms Die Out Due to Lack of Succession Planning
    Published on November 04, 2014 in Development
    Every company needs good succession planning, said panelists at the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting, but real estate is one of the worst sectors at practicing it.
  • After Redevelopment: Filling the Void in California
    Published on December 16, 2013 in Development
    ULI San Francisco, in conjunction with the district councils in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Orange County, and San Diego, has issued a 22-page report recommending a comprehensive set of tools to promote economic development and build sustainable and healthy communities.
  • Defining Public Value in Public/Private Partnerships
    Published on November 13, 2013 in Development
    Development and redevelopment of urban neighborhoods requires a public/private partnership in which the city—led by a supportive mayor and city—can leverage significant revitalization beyond the initial investments.
  • Adding School Choice to the Development Mix
    Published on November 13, 2013 in Development
    Many school districts in the U.S. are reporting low test scores, and for real estate developers creating new communities in those jurisdictions, one answer is to look at alternative educational programs and charter schools.
  • Infill Retail Not Without Challenges
    Published on November 13, 2013 in Retail/Entertainment
    Retail developers are finding that urban sites are among the best new and ongoing development opportunities given the demographic shifts to cities, said panelists of the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago, and transit-oriented development is a top prospect for retail and retail-housing mixed use.
  • Resilient Communities: Rockefeller Center Endures in Its Heritage Role
    Published on December 13, 2011 in ULI Day, December 14, 2011
    Few places speak more eloquently in embodying the attributes of a ULI Heritage Award than its first honoree, in 1989, Rockefeller Center. ULI’s Heritage Award is given periodically to developments that have demonstrated industry excellence for at least 25 years.
  • Video: Building a House in This Market
    Published on April 07, 2011 in Industry Sectors
    Some housing markets are beginning to stir, be they ever so humbly micro-markets. That's one conclusion drawn by a ULI San Francisco panel, which dug into some of the details of nascent recovery, and what might be ahead. Some lessons learned and strategies offer insights to other markets responding to pockets of job growth. Hear what the three panelists offered to developers and investors for moving ahead.
  • Who Wants to Build a House, in THIS Market?
    Published on April 06, 2011 in Market Trends
    The San Francisco Bay Area has weathered the recessionary storm better than most regions but continues to wade through a backlog of foreclosed homes, such that virtually no for-sale housing has started construction in the past two years, said a panel recently sponsored by ULI San Francisco. But read why the panelists see a very bumpy year ahead in that market and across the country and why homebuilders should move cautiously.