2011 Lafayette Seminar

Presenter Information

Omar Blaik, U3 Ventures

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Start Date

16-2-2011 6:00 PM

Description

Omar Blaik is the President and CEO of U3 Ventures, LLC a real estate development and advisory firm solely focused on developing the university market. Mr. Blaik founded U3 Ventures in 2006 with the belief that anchor institutions hold the key to sustainable community and economic development in many cities across the country. Mr. Blaik has led the advisory efforts of U3 Ventures over the past five years working with University leaders, cities and municipalities, state governments and foundations. The advisory work focuses on institutional strategy, campus edge planning, deploying economic activity for local benefits, real estate strategy and economic feasibility. U3 Ventures specializes in leveraging economic capacity, integrating institutions with their surrounding neighborhoods, and creating opportunities for vibrancy around urban universities.

Prior to forming U3 Ventures, Mr. Blaik was the Senior Vice President at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the University in January 1997, and served as the Chief Planning and Real Estate Officer, with responsibility for Planning, Design and Construction, Facilities Operations and Maintenance, Utilities management, and Real Estate Development. Mr. Blaik’s leadership in forming a model of constructive town-gown interaction and partnership and revitalizing neighborhoods surrounding UPenn is described in Judith Rodin’s The University and Urban Revival: Out of the Ivory Tower and Into the Streets (2007).

Following Mr. Blaik’s presentation, there will be ample time for audience Q & A.

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Feb 16th, 6:00 PM

How Great Universities Can Shape Great Cities

Omar Blaik is the President and CEO of U3 Ventures, LLC a real estate development and advisory firm solely focused on developing the university market. Mr. Blaik founded U3 Ventures in 2006 with the belief that anchor institutions hold the key to sustainable community and economic development in many cities across the country. Mr. Blaik has led the advisory efforts of U3 Ventures over the past five years working with University leaders, cities and municipalities, state governments and foundations. The advisory work focuses on institutional strategy, campus edge planning, deploying economic activity for local benefits, real estate strategy and economic feasibility. U3 Ventures specializes in leveraging economic capacity, integrating institutions with their surrounding neighborhoods, and creating opportunities for vibrancy around urban universities.

Prior to forming U3 Ventures, Mr. Blaik was the Senior Vice President at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the University in January 1997, and served as the Chief Planning and Real Estate Officer, with responsibility for Planning, Design and Construction, Facilities Operations and Maintenance, Utilities management, and Real Estate Development. Mr. Blaik’s leadership in forming a model of constructive town-gown interaction and partnership and revitalizing neighborhoods surrounding UPenn is described in Judith Rodin’s The University and Urban Revival: Out of the Ivory Tower and Into the Streets (2007).

Following Mr. Blaik’s presentation, there will be ample time for audience Q & A.