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U3A Authors "Value Capture In The Commons" Toolkit

U3A authored the Value Capture in the Commons toolkit for Reimagining the Civic Commons, a national initiative to foster engagement, equity, environmental sustainability, and economic development in our cities. The goal of this effort is to give community leaders a set of established and emerging tools to both sustain ongoing operations of shared civic assets and benefit existing neighbors. Download the toolkit from here

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U3A's Jaime Flaherty Co-Authored Article Featured In New Book On "Rethinking The University And Development In South Africa".

U3 Advisors Managing Director & CFO Jaime Flaherty's co-authored article - “Integrating the Edges: University of Pretoria’s Neighbourhood Anchor Strategy” - has been reprinted as part of "Anchored In Place - Rethinking Higher Education and Development in South Africa", edited by Leslie J. Bank, Nico Cloete & François van Schalkwyk.

The article highlights the significant initiatives UP is undertaking to lead an urban renewal and social transformation project around its Hatfield campus in the City of Tshwane, South Africa. U3 Advisors worked on developing the framework strategy for UP and drew upon their deep experience with anchor institution strategies in the United States. The article grew out of Jaime’s presentation at the University-City Building Conference in Cape Town (October 2016) which hosted experts and key stakeholders around higher education initiatives in South Africa.

Learn more about U3 Advisors' work with the University of Pretoria here

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Universities Look to Strengthen the Places They Call Home

U3 Advisors' CEO Omar Blaik offers our perspective on universities and local communities in the New York Times article, "Universities Look to Strengthen the Places They Call Home" -- “You really cannot thrive as an institution by starving the neighborhood around you and being so singularly focused on your own goals,” said Omar Blaik, a former vice president at the University of Pennsylvania, now the chief executive of the consulting firm U3 Advisors. “You advance your own goals in an enlightened self-interest way by advancing goals of the neighborhood and the city.”

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U3 Advisors CEO Omar Blaik at AUB discusses how how higher-ed institutions can foster livable and equitable neighborhoods

U3 Advisors' CEO Omar Blaik, visiting American University of Beirut (AUB) , participated in a public discussion with Mona Hallak of the AUB Neighborhood Initiative on how higher-ed institutions can foster livable and equitable neighborhoods in the city. Read more about U3A's previous engagements with AUB here. 

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U3 Advisors works with Lafayette College and the Dyer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to organize its first real estate case competition

U3 Advisors worked with long-standing client Lafayette College and the Dyer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to organize its first real estate case competition focused on student housing development. The goal of the competition was to teach students how to evaluate investment opportunities, assess risk, and make a pitch to executive leadership. U3A's Todd Stern and Danielle Robins wrote the case study and organized a “bootcamp” to educate participants about real estate. Todd and Danielle also facilitated a day-long bootcamp to teach students about student housing development in particular. 

U3A saw the competition as a unique opportunity to educate the next generation of real estate professionals and impart lessons learned from its own experience over the last 20+ years working with colleges and non-profits on complex real estate projects. The competition exposed students to the wide variety of roles within real estate, including advisory, development, debt/equity, architecture, and legal, among others, demonstrating the collective effort it takes to implement a project. 

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U3 Advisors establishes Terrapin Development Company at the University of Maryland

On behalf of the University of Maryland and University of Maryland College Park Foundation, U3 Advisors led the creation of the Terrapin Development Company (TDC), in an effort to transform College Park into a dynamic University District – that includes vibrant downtown amenities and a hub for public-private research and innovation. TDC’s contributions from UMD and the Foundation include the newly developed and opened University of Maryland Hotel and Conference Center and MilkBoy Arthouse - a restaurant and music venue.

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U3 Advisors launches Hire Local 901 in Memphis

U3 Advisors, working in partnership with the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC), recently designed and launched a workforce development effort that aimed at creating greater economic opportunity for the local community. Hire Local 901 is a partnership of the MMDC, 7 participating anchor institutions, and local workforce development providers in order to connect training, education, and employment opportunities to residents in and around the Memphis Medical District.

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U3 Advisors Develops Real Estate Strategy for the University of Toronto

University of Toronto (UofT) is one of the largest landowners in its namesake city. The university’s Downtown (St. George) Campus occupies approximately 180 acres in the heart of Toronto. Under the leadership of President Meric Gertler, UofT has made a renewed commitment to its role as an anchor institution for Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. U3A worked with a Steering Committee comprised of key university administrators and solicited feedback from stakeholder groups—including the university's Real Estate Advisory Committee, Business Board, and Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs—that informed decision-making. U3A ultimately developed a strategic framework built around identifying objectives for future real estate projects and developing strategies for the implementation and evaluation of those projects.

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