ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean: 15 for 15 Series with Tony Cho


2021-06-10T15:00:00 - 2021-06-10T15:30:00

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    Join us Thursday, June 10 at 3pm as we hear from Tony Cho, Metro1 and Magic City Innovation District Little Haiti founder on the growing need for affordable, workforce housing in our urban centers, development without displacement, and Future of Cities, a new real estate development and investment platform and think tank that aims to make our cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable.
    This event is free for ULI members and sponsors and $20 for nonmembers.
    Sponsors: contact mallory.barker@uli.org to register
    Future of Our City
    Miami is rapidly growing, as tech and venture capital organizations make national headlines with their moves to the Magic City. However, as our destination grows with these and other corporate relocations, urban living issues are magnified. How can Miami offer workforce housing for residents? Can communities with deep-rooted cultural ties be protected? And how does this all align with climate change?

    Metro1 founder and previous ULI Young Leader of the Year, Tony Cho, recently launched Future of Cities, a three-pronged platform – part real estate development and investment, think tank, and venture ecosystem – that aims to make our cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable by scaling ESG strategies and regenerative placemaking principles. 
    Tony will join us for your next 15 for 15 installment on Thursday, June 10 at 3pm. Conversation topics will include:
    the growing need for affordable, workforce housing in our urban centers, the mechanisms to best create these projects, and the need to focus on projects that combat displacement and co-create more equitable communities.
    About YLG's “15 For 15” Series
    Quick. Informative. Impactful. The ULI Young Leaders “15 for 15” series is a new, short-form program designed to cut to the chase and give our members actionable insights from leaders on timely and essential topics. We will select one subject and two leaders to participate in separate one-on-one, 15-minute interviews. No matter who’s in the hot seat, you will always come away with three takeaways on the issue at hand:
    • How is this impacting the real estate industry right now?
    • What does this mean going forward?
    • How must ULI professionals shift their thinking to evolve, innovate or conquer?



    Tony Cho

    Founder & CEO, Future of Cities

    Tony Cho is a real estate pioneer, impact entrepreneur, and founder of the Future of Cities – a mission-driven consortium and multi-pronged platform invested in transforming the built environment by adopting environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies to improve the quality of urban living. Influenced by his work as founder and chairman of Metro 1 – an award-wining, forward-thinking real estate investment, brokerage, management, and development firm that he still leads – Cho’s career has focused on shaping neighborhoods and developing sustainable cities in South Florida and beyond. He has completed over $3 billion in real estate transactions since 2005 and Metro 1 Commercial is frequently recognized as one of the top 25 commercial real estate firms in the region by the South Florida Business Journal. Cho is also the founder of the Magic City Innovation District Little Haiti, an 18-acre large-scale regenerative mixed-use project located in one of Miami’s most vibrant cultural neighborhoods. He has also played an influential role in other emerging neighborhoods including Wynwood, as a founding member of the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID), championing the progressive rezoning of the area, which transformed blighted streets into a diverse, 24-hour, mixed-use arts and innovation district. In 2020, Cho and his wife, Ximena Cho, launched the M1 Community Fund and the Cho Family Foundation, donor-advised philanthropic funds administered by the Miami Foundation. The first initiative of the M1 Community Fund was The Little Haiti Small Business Relief Fund, formed in response to COVID-19 to assist small businesses most at risk during the pandemic. The Cho Family Foundation is focused on environmental, wildlife & indigenous culture awareness and preservation as well as mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing and has supported organizations such as the Chopra Foundation, Amazon Watch & Path of the Panther. In addition to managing the Cho Ventures portfolio of companies and charities, Cho is also the co-creator, along with his wife, of ChoZen eco-retreat and sanctuary in Sebastian, Florida, a camp for the humanity of the future. A Florida Native, originally from Vero Beach, Tony attended Northwestern University in Chicago. He has been awarded the prestigious young leader of the year by the Urban Land Institute and holds a CCIM designation. Cho and his wife reside in Florida, splitting their time between ChoZen Retreat and Miami. FOR EXPANDED VERSION AS NECESSARY Under his leadership, Metro 1 brought favorite local businesses— including Zak the Baker and Junior & Hatter— into the neighborhood, and, in 2012, developed the Wynwood Gateway Complex, one of the area’s most visible commercial developments. Since 2000, Cho has been a long-standing advocate for the community of Little Haiti, and particularly small independent businesses. Cho has served as the president of the Non-Violence Project, providing non-violence education to at-risk youth in Miami’s most underserved schools, such as Edison Sr. High School in Little Haiti.

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