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Urban Land Institute Launches WNY Young Leaders Group

More than 60 young professionals from the local real estate industry gathered earlier this month to attend a free walking tour hosted by the Urban Land Institute Western New York’s Young Leaders Group (YLG). The tour was focused on Rocco Termini’s Hotel Lafayette redevelopment project, Ellicott Commons, the Washington Market, and Oak School Lofts. The walking tour was organized to satisfy a growing demand of interest to see new developments in the downtown Buffalo corridor.

“The Urban Land Institute was very pleased to offer this tour of Signature Development’s downtown projects,” said David A. Stebbins, Vice President of Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, Full Member of Urban Land Institute and Advisor for the Young Leaders Group. “It was very informative for both veteran and young real estate professionals.”

Rocco_Tour_04.jpg“The breadth of Mr. Termini’s reshaping of downtown was quite impressive and his comments at each stop provided a good learning experience on all of the facets of the real estate development process,” said Stebbins.

The tour brought together young working professionals from various industry-related backgrounds including law, finance, development, construction, planning and design, and strategic planning.

The next event will take place the evening of Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Statler, and will include a personal tour of this monumental redevelopment in the heart of downtown Buffalo with project developer, Mark Croce. For more information please visit the Young Leaders Group’s Facebook page.

The Urban Land Institute ( is a global 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 nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

Founded in 2011, the Young Leaders Group of Western New York ( has a number of members who enjoy events throughout the year designed specifically for them and by them, in addition to those offered by the New York District Council. The Young Leaders Group includes a diverse group of real estate professionals and students, including architects, engineers, financial analysts, city planners, and lawyers. The Young Leaders Group strives to create a unique setting in which tomorrow’s New York industry leaders may interact


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