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ULI volunteers help teens in UrbanPlan program

  Members of Urban Land Institute of North Florida (ULI, www.uli.org) assisted Episcopal High School in completing the UrbanPlan program last week. The program was conducted with Professor Jacob Nash and his tenth grade economics class which included more than 25 students.

UrbanPlan is supported by the Urban Land Institute and the mission is “to create a more sophisticated level of discourse among local stakeholders involved in land use decisions through education of tomorrow’s voters, neighbors, community leaders, public officials, and land use professionals so, together, we can create better communities.”

Students were able to role-play in various positions to see how their real estate planning decisions could affect people and the community. They acted as Marketing Directors, Financial Analysts, Site Planners, City Liaisons, and Neighborhood Liaisons, and presented their ideas to a City Council. Through UrbanPlan, students discovered how the forces of our market economy clash and collaborate with the nonmarket forces of our representative democracy to create the built environment. This insight provides the essential foundation for any sophisticated land use discussion. The winning team is attached.

Local real estate professionals shared their time and expertise with the Episcopal high school students and successfully engaged them in discussion on urban development, city budgets and community impute. ULI North Florida volunteers included:

• Bert Brown, Meadows, Inc.,

• Carolyn Clark, ULI North Florida,

• Jay Cunio, Kenyon Energy,

• Scott Hobby, Case Pomeroy Properties,

• Bruce Johnson, Regency Centers,

• Joe Lorettam, Genesis Group,

• Jeff MacFarland, King Engineering,

• Lisa Palmer, Regency Centers, and

• Riley Williams, Miller & Williams, PLC.

The UrbanPlan Program is conducted in 148 high schools and in 16 universities across the United States. It will be conducted at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra in early 2011.

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.


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