PHOENIX, ARIZ. (Dec. 12, 2023) – Reimagining office properties. A perspective on parking. Housing affordability and homelessness. Powering Arizona’s future. The industrial market.

Those are just a few of the deep-dive topics to be discussed as ULI Arizona presents its 19th Annual Trends Day March 5 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Trends Day brings together more than 30 top industry experts to discuss the most current state and national real estate trends.

“Trends Day is truly a ‘who’s who’ of the development industry in the Southwest, in both speakers and attendees,” said Deb Sydenham, FAICP, Executive Director, ULI Arizona District Council. “The Trends Committee, under the leadership of Keyvan Ghahreman, Director of Operations, Willmeng, has curated a compelling host of topics that will provide solid take-home value to the audience.”

ULI Arizona’s Trends Day is recognized as the third-largest ULI program globally.

Trends Day 2024 kicks off with the annual economic outlook, delivered this year by Peter Ricchiuti, Director, Burkenroad Reports, Senior Professor of Practice, A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

The economic outlook launches Trends Day with a high-level look at macroeconomic trends in the U.S. economy and around the globe. Through an engaging presentation, Ricchiuti will offer the outlook for commercial real estate, especially as it pertains to the continued long-term ramifications of the pandemic, including the future of work and challenges related to economic growth.

The topic of the Trends Day Debate will be: “Can Urban and Rural Development Patterns Co-Exist in a Water Competitive Environment?” Arizona’s growing economy brings increasing pressure on the state’s limited water supplies and creates tensions between urban and rural communities.

These tensions are manifested through the conflicting enforcement of the 100-year assured water supply requirements of the Arizona Groundwater Management Act, policy and funding choices for additional water resources, and conversions of agricultural uses to municipal uses. The debate will focus on policy choices between urban and rural interests and explore areas where both interests can be positively advanced.

The debate will be moderated by Nina Mullins, Senior Director of Land and Papago Park Center, Salt River Project. Urban panelists include Grady Gammage, Jr., Partner, Gammage & Burnham; and Sarah Porter, Director, Kyl Center for Water Policy, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University.

Rural panelists include Eric Orsborn, Mayor, City of Buckeye; and Chip Sherrill,Managing Partner, 4-B Farms; Chairman, Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District.

The Trends Day 2024 Keynote Speaker will be Leon Logothetis, global adventurer, author, and creator of the book and Netflix series “The Kindness Diaries.” His topic will be Go Be Brave: Becoming Fearless, Wiser and Truly Magnificent.”

Logothetis is a modern-day explorer of human connection, renowned for his captivating journeys that blend adventures with a profound social mission.  With a spirit fueled by empathy and a genuine curiosity about the human experience, Leon has embarked on remarkable expeditions across the globe, relying solely on the kindness of strangers for his survival. Through his travels, speaking engagements, and impactful documentaries, he has become a powerful advocate for the idea that the world’s most valuable currency is not money, but the compassion and connections we share with one another.

Early pricing until Dec. 22: private, $325 member; $425 non-member; public/academic/non-profit, $225 member, $325 non-member; retired $225 member; student, $120 member, $175 non-member; and under 35, $225 member, $425 non-member.

Standard pricing until Feb. 23: private, $425 member; $525 non-member; public/academic/non-profit, $300 member; $400 non-member; retired $300 member; student, $195 member, $250 non-member; and under 35, $300 member, $525 non-member.

Trends Day 2024 runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is located at 5350 E. Marriott Drive in Phoenix. Register here.

 About ULI

The Urban Land Institute is a 501[c][3] nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, the Institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. As the preeminent multidisciplinary land use and real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. Learn more about ULI Arizona at