ULI will hold its 2016 Spring Meeting April 19–21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The Spring Meeting, open only to ULI full members, routinely draws nearly 3,000 attendees, including renowned industry experts from around the world sharing insights on all aspects of real estate. A major focus for the 2016 gathering will be innovation, transformative place making, and the entrepreneurial culture taking root in cities across the United States. Philadelphia, which has not hosted a major Institute event in more than 20 years, is a prime example of this urban evolution. Last week, Philadelphia was named the first World Heritage City in the United States, some 270 cities on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Cities program.

In recent years, Philadelphia has regained much of its urban population thanks to key investments in residential and mixed-use development within Center City and other urban neighborhoods. The concentration of technology companies and other knowledge-based businesses within the urban core made city more attractive to millennials, who are seeking vibrant places to live, work, and play. More than $6.7 billion of new developments is under construction including the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center—a $1.2 billion, 59-story commercial and retail complex that will be the third-tallest building in the United States when it is completed by 2017 by Liberty Property Trust—as well as significant residential, office, and mixed-use developments by Brandywine Realty Trust connecting Center City and University City.

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“The timing is perfect for bringing a ULI global meeting to Philadelphia—a city so rich with history that is now undergoing a 21st-century renaissance,” said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “At our 2016 Spring Meeting in Philadelphia, our members can look forward to connecting with one another and seeing firsthand how successful partnerships between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors are making one of America’s great cities even better.”

Liberty Property Trust and Brandywine Realty Trust are two Icon sponsors for the 2016 Spring Meeting. Other sponsors of the meeting include Allen Matkins; Bank of America; Cooper Ferry Development Association; Drinker, Biddle & Reath; Duane Morris; First Niagara Bank; Greystar; High Associates; Hunter Roberts; Langan Engineering; Lowe Enterprises; Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox; Morgan Lewis & Bockius; PECO; Strada; the Flynn Company; and University City Science Center.

The 2016 Spring Meeting Steering Committee is being cochaired by three ULI leaders: William P. Hankowsky, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Liberty Property Trust; Gerard H. Sweeney, president and chief executive officer, Brandywine Realty Trust; and former ULI global chairman and current ULI trustee Marilyn Jordan Taylor, dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

The meeting’s host committee, which is charged with maximizing the visibility of the Philadelphia metropolitan area real estate market to meeting attendees, is being cochaired by ULI Philadelphia chairman Antonio Fiol-Silva, principal at Wallace Roberts and Todd; and past ULI Philadelphia chairman John E. “Jack” Farrell, president and chief executive Officer of the Norwood Company and a ULI Foundation governor.

“Transformative development is happening everywhere in the Greater Philadelphia region, with creative, innovative projects that change the way we think about the possibilities for our built environment,” Fiol-Silva said. “The ULI 2016 Spring Meeting presents a unique opportunity to showcase these exciting changes on a global stage.”

“Our goals are to deliver a successful, content-rich experience to our full members while highlighting the culture of innovation and creativity as well as the transformative projects occurring in Philadelphia and elsewhere in our region,” Farrell said.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact ULI directly at sponsorship@uli.org.