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U3 Advisors is hiring an Associate in NYC

The Associate position, based in New York City, will work with senior staff providing project management, research, financial, and analytic support for a wide range of clients and assignments. The Associate will have significant client contact and, depending on ability, may take lead responsibility for specific projects or clients. In addition, the Associate will participate in preparing proposals and other marketing efforts on behalf of the firm.

The ideal candidate will have approximately 5 years of work experience in real estate, economic development, consulting, planning, or a related field. Previous work experience should demonstrate strong analytical skills, preferably in a real estate context; a Graduate degree, ideally in business administration, real estate, urban planning, economics, finance, or a related field, and; demonstrated interest in and commitment to real estate development, particularly in regards to nonprofit institutions and public/private development. 

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U3 Advisors responds to Forbes Real Estate Council CommunityVoice, December 19, 2018 “Three Reasons Real Estate Pros Should Get Smart About Investing in Educational Institutions”

U3 Advisors responds to Forbes Real Estate Council CommunityVoice, December 19, 2018 “Three Reasons Real Estate Pros Should Get Smart About Investing in Educational Institutions,” cautioning that the interests of institutional real estate investors may not always align with the mission, resources, expertise, and time horizon of community colleges or other higher education institutions. 

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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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