LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Leading experts in urban development will offer ideas and opportunities at the 18th annual Urban Marketplace. The interactive conference and forum by ULI Los Angeles, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:30 a.m. to noon, at The MacArthur, the grand, recently revitalized hotel formerly known as the Park Plaza.

The MacArthur – a 1925 Gothic Revival landmark – is a dramatic change of venue for the annual event. The Urban Marketplace format reflects the new surroundings with energetic roundtable presentations and new experts in uplifting neighborhoods.

“Urban Marketplace has become one of ULI Los Angeles’ most popular signature events because of the valuable insight of its presenters, and its agility in spotlighting development opportunities,” said Urban Marketplace Chair Renee Barot, Director of Business Development for StudioOneEleven. “Participants will experience case studies and new tactics for deal making. As growth continues to revitalize the city, this is where you learn about it before it happens.”

The theme of these year’s event is The Future Is Now: The Convergence of Policy, Partnerships and Equity.

Themes and Speakers

Featured Speakers: Robin Hughes, President & CEO, Abode Communities; Marqueese Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Councilmember, 8th District; Bradly T. Cox, Senior Managing Director, Trammel Crow Company; Vanessa Carter, Senior Data Analyst, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity.

New Housing Legislation: Reducing Barriers to Urban Infill in California. Elizabeth A. Comacho, Senior Counsel, Loeb & Loeb. Chris Tourtellotte, La Terra Development.

Evolution of L.A.’s Small Lot Ordinance: Tighter Regulations and New Design Standards. Alan Scales, AIA, Principal, KTGY Architecture + Planning. Jenna Monterossa, City Planner, Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

Innovative Parking Solutions for Convertible Buildings. Gerthard Mayer, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, GGLO. Cary Tomas Bellafore, CEO SERVA-NA.

The Bloc Mobility Hub: 21st Century Mobility in the Heart of DTLA. Alan Pullman, AIA, StudioOneEleven, Founding Principal. Robin Aksu, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Mobility Hub Project Manager.

NoHo Station Development: Forging Public-Private Partnerships. Kris Forsyth, Cesar Chavez Foundation, Project Manager. Gabe Hungerford, Trammel Crow Company, Senior Associate.

Shipping Containers: Creative Solution the Housing Crisis. Keith Labus, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, KTGY Architecture + Planning.

Accessory Dwelling Units: Innovative Approaches to Increased Demand. Jason Neville, CEO, Building Blocks. Helen Leung, Co-Executive Director, La Mas.

MacArthur Park: Rebirth of a Historic Landmark. Dan Lee, Managing Director, Gaw Capital. Gerald Gubatan, Senior Planning Deputy, Office of Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo.

Jordan Downs: A Vibrant New Urban Village. Scott T. Van II, Director, Jordan Downs, Bridge Housing Corporation. Ben J. Winter, Director of Housing & Community Development Policy, Office of Major Eric Garcetti.

Exposition Park: A Masterplan for 2018 Olympics and Beyond. Neal I. Payton, Principal Torti Gallas + Partners. Ana M. Lasso, General Manager, Exposition Park

L.A. Metro’s Platform for Diversity: Now Is the Time. Therese W. McMillan Chief Planning Officer, L.A. Metro. Vanessa Carter, Senior Data Analyst, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

Metro Affordable Transit Connected Housing (MATCH): A New Source of Public/Private Funding. Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director, LISC. Nick Saponara, Deputy Executive Officer, Transit Oriented Communities, L.A. Metro.

Prefabricated Housing: Faster, Cost-Effective and Customizable for Infill. Steve Glenn, CEO, Plant Prefab.

CicLAvia: How Open Streets Inspire Livable Cities for All. Tafarai Bayne, Chief Strategist, CicLAvia. Stephanie Ramirez, Associate State Director, AARP.

To register and for a complete list of topics and presenters, visit https://la.uli.org/events/urban-marketplace-2018/

About ULI Los Angeles

The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 40,000 members representing all aspects of the land use and development disciplines. ULI Los Angeles has an active membership drawn from the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, and is composed of groups and individuals united in their pursuit of improving land-use policies.