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New ULI Colorado executive director has background in city planning, transit-oriented development

Margaret Jackson

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ULI Colorado Executive Director Rodney Milton(Courtesy of ULI Colorado)

By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) ULI Colorado has a new executive director with expertise in city planning, community development, transit-oriented development and equitable city change.

ULI Colorado’s mission is to shape the future of the built environment. It supports best practices through education programs, mentoring, networking events, project tours, policy work and advisory services.

Denver native Rodney Milton succeeds Michael Leccese, who led the organization for more than 16 years.

“I’m excited to serve the members of ULI Colorado in this pivotal movement and eager to continue to actualize the mission of shaping the future of our industry and creating thriving communities around the globe,” Milton said.

Deep experience

Milton holds two master’s degrees from Florida State University and a B.S. in history from Florida A&M University. As assistant director for the City of Atlanta, he worked on innovative approaches to place-keeping and place-making. He cultivated strong relationships with the development community through policy and strategic decision making.

After working for the City of Atlanta, Milton joined Atlanta BeltLine Inc. as senior housing policy and development manager. The BeltLine’s mission is to connect 45 neighborhoods through transit, trails, economic development and affordable housing.

Milton established a model for equitable development without displacement that involved piloting a legacy resident tax-relief program and partnering with service providers to administer funding for rental assistance, estate planning and small-business assistance.

Milton moved back to the Denver area to join the City of Aurora as community development manager, where he oversaw implementing the city’s housing strategy.

“He represents the future of our organization as we grapple with all the biggest issues facing society: climate change, social and economic equity, mobility, economic development that benefits all and, most of all, quality of life,” said Ferd Belz, president of Fulenwider and chair of ULI Colorado. “Rodney is poised to help ULI, the foremost organization in shaping the built environment, continue to lead through challenging times.”

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