As Florida’s economy continues to strengthen and real estate activity reaches healthy levels, the state’s most respected real estate professionals and policymakers will gather in Miami for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) annual summit. The conference, which will take place June 9 and 10 at Turnberry Isle Resort, will convene hundreds of development professionals, land use experts and commercial real estate leaders from around the state who will tackle the most significant and timely issues facing Florida today.
Panel discussions, featured speakers and break-out sessions will examine topics surrounding this year’s theme: Creative Disruption: “The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be” including how technology advances are transforming the development and design industry, how the hospitality industry is appealing to today’s travelers, how demographic trends are shaping housing preferences, and the impact of e-commerce on retail and industrial development including case studies of Florida’s thriving urban centers.
Internationally acclaimed urban theorist Richard Florida will open this year’s two-day conference with the keynote address on Thursday, June 9. Recognized for his unique insight into the values and lifestyles that are poised to drive the 21st century economy, Florida is a senior advisor to business, civic and political leaders across the world and author of the groundbreaking book The Rise of the Creative Class. A featured commentator in PBS documentaries and CNN contributor, Florida’s latest book, The Great Reset, explores how economic downturns should be seen as opportunities to prosper and grow. He will present his latest ideas and strategies for jarring cities out of economic and cultural stagnation and share why he thinks the latest urban crisis is one of the biggest challenges these cities will ever face.
“Each year, our annual Summit unites the best and brightest developers and real estate leaders across the state and provides a forum to incite in-depth discussions on key issues facing our business and real estate community,” said Cecelia Bonifay, Chair of the 2016 Summit and Partner, Akerman LLP in Orlando, Florida. “We are thrilled to have one of the world’s most influential management thinkers, Richard Florida, join this year’s conference to share his approach to problem-solving and strategy development that has had a profound influence on leading global businesses.”
Registration is now open at www.florida.uli.org.
Sponsors of the 2016 summit include: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Bilzin Sumberg, Suffolk Construction, Florida Trend, Google Fiber, Akerman LLP, Greenberg Traurig, Holland & Knight, Minto, CityLift, Gardner Brewer Martinez-Monfort, Schwartz Media Strategies, Stearns Weaver Miller, VHB, ZOM Living, Florida International University, Florida State University, HDR Inc., and Kitson & Partners.
For more information on the Urban Land Institute, visit www.uli.org.
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