Trends Day 2018

ULI continues to innovate this sought after event ensuring that we provide the most relevant and timely information for Arizona decision-makers as they contemplate ways to ensure vibrant and competitive communities statewide – the 2018 event promises to be unrivaled.

Trends Day 2018

Speaker Presentations:

Jack Uldrich – Keynote:  The Big AHA – How to Future-Proof Against Transformational Trends
Jack Uldrich – Video
Lindy Elkins-Tanton – Education and Innovation Quick Hit and Fireside Chat
Jim Heid – Quick Hit:  Centers and Places – A Confluence of Creative Urban Solutions
Diana Vowels – Quick Hit:  Arizona’s Got Game – Attracting Innovative Companies
The Rio Salado Re-Imagined – Moving from Concept to Legacy
Changing the Narrative: How Housing Builds Communities

February 23, 2018

Thank you to our Title Sponsor:




Inform.  Inspire.  Involve.

ULI Arizona Trends Day is a one-day deep dive bringing together 25+ top industry experts to discuss the most current state and national real estate trends, with a focus on what to expect in the future, where the best opportunities can be found, and how these components affect both public and private sector partners.


Registration and Networking Breakfast
Sponsored By: Communities Southwest, Snell & Wilmer

Charley Freericks, Senior Vice President, Catellus, and Chair, ULI Arizona District Council
Heather Personne, Principal, Point B; Vice Chair, Trends Day 2018
Mark Stapp, Executive Director, Master of Real Estate Development, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, and Chair, Trends Day 2018

Economic Outlook
Sponsored By: Walker & Dunlop
Diane Swonk shares insights on the current economic environment, including where the economy is headed, where to invest, trade issues, regulation, taxes, and the effect of government policy on the markets. Called upon by audiences the world over for her expertise, she has a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of all things economic, citing statistics and offering detailed, illustrative examples without blinking an eye. She even jokes that the financial crisis has solved our issue with Social Security – now everyone is simply too poor to retire. Her eye-opening perspective on the global and domestic economy will help the audience plan better for the future and protect against risk.
Diane Swonk, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton LLPFounder and Chief Executive Officer, DS Economics

Quick Hit:  Education and Innovation – The Inevitable Space Future
Sponsored By: Gammage & Burnham
Is it possible to do something that is improbable?  In an extremely competitive and divergent world, is there a way to unify and lead future innovators? Planetary Scientist (and space explorer!), Lindy Elkins-Tanton will take us on a voyage of discovery, showing the path she took to receive a coveted $10.18 million grant from NASA to develop next-generation science education courseware, triggering a discussion on the education process and how that process can transcend space exploration and be applied on a larger scale towards a better educated, more united society.
Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Director, School of Earth and Space Exploration, and Co-Chair of the Interplanetary Initiative, Arizona State University

Fireside Chat:  Education and Mind-Blowing Innovation
Sponsored By: CBIZ | MHM
If we start with the premise that exploration of all kinds is a human necessity, how can we craft an education system for our future that builds, innovates and inspires us to keep exploring?  How could classroom education, life-long learning, and training of all kinds push us to explore new learning?  If space is the future for exploration, how can we use it as a model for all other disciplines?  These questions and more will be probed as ULI pushes the limits of what we think we know about the education model and crafting a vision for our future.
Wellington Reiter, FAIA, Senior Advisor to the President, Arizona State University – Interviewer
Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Director, School of Earth and Space Exploration, and Co-Chair of the Interplanetary Initiative, Arizona State University

Embracing Technology:  Autonomous Vehicles are Driving Smart Cities
Sponsored By: CBRE
Take a look into the future at how fully automated (level 5) driving will shape our urban environment  and life in the big city.  How will level five change the way we plan and develop?  What happens to all of the data that is collected to make autonomy work?   And ultimately, will AV make our region “smarter,” and be a component of our Smart Region planning.
Brad Wright, Of Counsel, and Strategic Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs – Moderator
Timothy Burr, Director of Public Policy, Lyft
Chris Camacho,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Robin Campbell,
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Veronica Siranosian, Senior Project Manager, AECOM Ventures

Quick Hit:  Arizona’s Got Game – Attracting Innovative Companies
Sponsored By: Alliance Residential
What does it take for Arizona to attract innovative, talented companies who not only tap into growing markets, but do so with a core philosophy of global consciousness?  Learn the behind-the-scenes thought process resulting in the Galvanize concept and how Arizona provides the perfect environment to cultivate the growing opportunity for tech innovators, entrepreneurs and disruptors. What else can Arizona do to sustain creative, global talent?
Diane VowelsGeneral Manager, Galvanize Phoenix

Quick Hit:  Centers and Places – A Confluence of Creative Urban Solutions
Sponsored By: Gensler
Join us on a journey to unpack the complex layers of sustainable community design and real estate development, all the while directing us towards a healthier, more strategic exploration of urban growth, thriving centers and unique places in tomorrow’s diverse cities.
Jim Heid, Founder and President, UrbanGreen

Arizona’s 5 Cs – Community, Cause, Creativity, Commitment, and Capital
Sponsored By: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Join this panel of urban experts as they dive into the center of our cities and explore the multifunctional dimensions necessary for the true urban development of tomorrow.  How will we sustain continued growth?  How do we include pedestrians and multi-modal transit in an already built environment?  How do we plan and engineer a space for true density and very specific uses without relinquishing the creativity and opportunities for entrepreneurial innovation?
Jim Heid, Founder and President, UrbanGreen – Moderator
Cathy Carlat, Mayor, City of Peoria
Charley Freericks,
Senior Vice President, Catellus
Fletcher McCusker, Chairman, Rio Nuevo Tax Incentive District
Lorenzo Perez, Co-founder and Directing Principal, Venue Projects

Networking Lunch
Sponsored By: Nathan & Associates


Keynote:  The Big AHA – How to Future-Proof Against Transformational Trends
Sponsored By: Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority and Squire Patton Boggs
In the near future, the greatest change will be the accelerating rate of change itself. In this enlightening, entertaining and educational session, Jack will outline the ten trends that will transform the world of tomorrow and identify concrete actions businesses can take today to future-proof themselves against “the tides of tomorrow.”  He will also share insights from his upcoming book, Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today.
Jack Uldrich, Global Futurist, Speaker, Author

Energizing Our Communities Through Arts, Culture, and Philanthropy
Sponsored By: Holualoa Companies
The arts provide a critical element when creating highly desirable, sought-after places where business wish to locate and people want to live. Arts and culture are a catalyst for the creation of social and cultural capital, improvement of community health and the attainment of important community goals. This panel will provide useful insight as to how we as a community can improve our support of arts and culture to make our community a more desirable economic place.
Steve Lindley, Executive Director – Capital Markets, Cushman & Wakefield – Moderator
Greg Esser, Associate Director, Dean’s Office, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University
Wendy Holmes, Senior Vice President, Consulting and Strategic Partnerships, ArtSpace
Maria Rosario Jackson, Senior Advisor, Arts and Culture Program, Kresge Foundation and Institute Professor, Arizona State University
David M. Roche, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Heard Museum

The Rio Salado Re-Imagined – Moving from Concept to Legacy
Sponsored By: The Plaza Companies
Early in 2017, a wide collection of stakeholders celebrated the 50th anniversary of the re-conceptualization of the Rio Salado, which resulted in the Tempe Town Lake we know today.  Given the observable economic, cultural, and amenity benefits, a Rio Salado 2.0 initiative has been launched to realize many of the goals originally imagined for a 40+ mile stretch of the Rio Salado, connecting communities from east to west across the Valley of the Sun.  Throughout the U.S., regional urban waterway projects such as this have transformed cities in tangible ways. This fireside chat will explore the opportunity, challenges, and development implications of ambitious and visionary projects, and turning concepts into realities.
Neil Giuliano, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Phoenix Leadership – Moderator
JD Granger, Executive Director, Trinity River Vision Authority
Melissa McCann, Director, University City Exchange, Arizona State University

Changing the Narrative: How Housing Builds Communities
Sponsored By: Cushman & Wakefield
Communities throughout Arizona are facing a housing affordability crisis. Increasing numbers of new and renovated multifamily housing units, luxury condominium projects, and gentrification of older neighborhoods have resulted in displacement and a shortage of housing for all income levels, especially near jobs and public transportation. State statutes prohibiting inclusionary housing policies, a lack of development incentives, and increasing land prices create obstacles for cities struggling to find a solution to the affordability challenge. This panel will delve into the issue, offering insights and ideas to encourage development of mixed-income housing while creating desirable and resilient neighborhoods and assuring economic diversity for the long run.
Steven LaTerra, Managing Director, Meyers Research, LLC– Moderator
Jim Belfiore, President, Belfiore Real Estate Consulting
Diana Yazzie Devine, President and Chief Executive Officer, Native American Connections
Christopher Hall, AICP, MRTPI, Urban Strategy Leader, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing Inc.

Inform, Inspire, Involve . . . Bringing It All Together
Sponsored By: Sunbelt Holdings
Wrap up Trends Day with two compelling thought leaders who will recap the sessions’ most critical information, bring to life the day’s inspiration and “aha” moments, and provide insight as to how participants can be actively involved in strengthening our communities going forward. This session will focus on the policy and practical aspects of the day’s program, both from Senator Bob Worsley’s local perspective and Tim Sullivan’s national perspective.
Timothy P. Sullivan, Managing Principal, Meyers Research LLC, a Kennedy Wilson Company – Discussion Leader
Senator Bob Worsley, Arizona State Senate, District 25

Closing Remarks

Networking Reception
Sponsored By:  BBVA Compass and Ryan Companies

Thank you to all of our Trends Day Sponsors.  For a complete list of our sponsors, click here.