Tracy Huggins, executive director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, became the new chair of Urban Land Institute Colorado July 1. Huggins was named vice chair in 2015 and will serve as chair of a 25-member executive committee until June 30, 2019.
Huggins directs the agency’s involvement in redevelopment with combined DURA financing of close to $643 million, leveraging $7 billion in private investment. Huggins also manages DURA’s housing rehabilitation programs, which the authority administers for the city’s Office of Economic Development.
Since joining DURA in October 1992, Huggins has overseen the agency’s financial involvement in significant redevelopments, including the 9th and Colorado, downtown, St. Anthony (Sloans) and the REI Denver flagship store.
Huggins participates in the city’s Executive Development Council, providing policy direction on various development projects in Denver.
“As the mayor observed in his State of the City address, we have been almost too successful in revitalizing and growing our city,” said Huggins. “ULI Colorado will continue to address both the promise of revitalization and the challenges of gentrification, which are issues in urban communities across our state.”
Huggins succeeds developer Amy Cara, who joined East West’s Riverfront Park team when this 54-acre urban community was born in 1999.
The executive committee of ULI Colorado is responsible for planning more than two dozen programs annually, including project tours, panel discussions, mentoring programs, networking events and advisory panels.