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January 2017

Conference on tech-driven real estate development

Seattle expecting 3,000 delegates

Around 3,000 professionals involved in real estate research and education are expected to convene in Seattle in early May when the Urban Land Institute (ULI) holds its spring meeting.

The annual gathering of ULI's full members will focus on how innovative, tech-driven real estate development is transforming U.S. cities, including Seattle, where several large commercial, residential and mixed-use projects are being developed by both domestic and international investors. (Respondents to ULI's latest Emerging Trends in Real Estate survey recently ranked Seattle as the fourth-best city in the country for investment and development prospects for 2017, with current projects valued at billions of dollars.)

The annual conference, scheduled for May 2-4, draws world-class speakers along with support from several prominent developers and builders.

Seattle-based Amazon, a conference sponsor, will host a reception for all event attendees at the online giant's new Doppler high-rise office tower in downtown Seattle. Vulcan Real Estate and Vancouver-based Holland Partner Group, which builds and manages luxury apartments, are also sponsors of ULI's forthcoming conference.

The 2017 host committee is chaired by Pat Callahan, CEO at Urban Renaissance Group, and Greg Johnson, president of Wright Runstad & Co.

The Urban Land Institute is an independent global nonprofit whose members represent the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines. It provides education and research focused on the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities.