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Kristin Gunther Completed the ULI Young Leader Partnership Forum .

Kristin Gunther completed the 2018 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Young Leader Partnership Forum (PF) with the Baltimore District Council.  The annual ULI Partnership Forum groups ULI Young Leaders (members under the age of 35) with seasoned land development industry professionals for an 8-month long mentoring experience. The Partnership Forum promotes growth and exposure to current real estate trends and practices while fostering deeper relationships with local land development leaders. Each mentor group consists of 10 to 12 Young Leaders and three mentors. The Partnership Forum includes local project and office tours and culminates in a mock Request for Proposal (RFP) presentation before a panel of judges.

During the Partnership Forum, Kristin engaged with architects, engineers, contractors, lawyers, investors, property managers, and consultants from a wide array of local and national firms.  Her experience included touring Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium; Under Armour Performance Center; 10 Light Street apartments; 2 Hopkins Plaza apartments; and the offices of BCT Architects; Gensler; and Taylor Property Group. She collaborated with five other Young Leaders to present a mock RFP to Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) for the purchase and development of a one acre parcel near the Inner Harbor’s Pier 6 Pavilion. The group proposed a six-story mixed-use helix-style building with planned revenue streams from long-term lease Class A office space; short-term lease artist studio space; a micro-scale culinary institute; a rooftop bar and restaurant; and a second-story garden with ramp access to adjacent pedestrian paths and parks.

Kristin will stay engaged in ULI’s Partnership Forum by taking on a Mentor role for the 2019 year.  She will use the Partnership Forum experience to strengthen our business relationships with the development community and provide opportunities to support urban revitalization projects.