Urban Land Institute Helps Immerse High School Students in Real Estate and Development

Urban Land Institute Northern New Jersey (“ULI”), a nonprofit research and education organization representing land use and real estate development, and the East Orange High School District recently announced the expansion of the UrbanPlan curriculum to East Orange High Schools, bringing practical lessons about real estate and development to students.

Launched in 2019, the UrbanPlan curriculum is a “realistic, engaging exercise in which participants –high school students, university students, or public officials –learn the fundamental forces that affect development in our communities. Participants experience challenging issues, private and public sector roles, complex trade-offs, and fundamental economics in play when proposing realistic land use solutions to vexing growth challenges,” according to ULI’s website.

Jason Holt, a Member of CSG Law and an advisory board member to the ULI, was instrumental in the recent expansion of UrbanPlan’s curriculum and even helped introduce a hands-on real estate opportunity to students.

“The UrbanPlan curriculum offers an unmatched opportunity for students to forge meaningful connections with professionals as they explore careers in the real estate, urban planning, engineering, legal and financial industries,” Holt said. “It is important that students in urban districts be given the tools to understand what is taking place in their cities as they develop into the leaders of tomorrow.”

This year, Russo Development became the event sponsor of ULI NNJ’s East Brunswick program. Students learned how responsible real estate development can shape, transform, and ultimately improve communities. The class, designed to teach collaboration, teamwork, and presentation skills, concluded with a presentation to the mock city council. Holt led the opening remarks.

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