Hopping Green & Sams (HGS) attorney David Powell has been named “Member of the Year” for 2015 in North Florida by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global leadership organization for real estate professionals.
At the annual awards meeting of ULI’s North Florida District Council in Jacksonville, Powell received the award for chairing a multi-disciplinary ULI Technical Assistance Panel that was commissioned by the City of Tallahassee to review conditions in the distressed South City neighborhood.
South City is composed of two U.S. Census tracts with public health disparities that include chronic diseases, high incidence of low birth weight infants, high infant mortality, and other indicators of chronically poor health. Underlying conditions include a high incidence of poverty, higher-than-average crime rate, many dilapidated properties, code enforcement violations, and lack of access to healthy food.
The panel based its recommendations on ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, which is intended to foster improved public health through changes to the built environment that promote more active lifestyles. The panel’s 50-page report was published in July.
“I was very pleased to be a part of this team that brought together planners, economists, educators, social scientists, and real estate developers to offer ideas on how conditions in South City can be improved,” Powell said. “It was a real team effort, and all of us hope that our recommendations will contribute to a stronger, healthier community in South City.”
Panel members included Dale Brill, principal of the Thinkspot consulting firm in Tallahassee; Russell Ervin, architect with Ervin Lovett & Miller of Jacksonville; Michael Frumkin, dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida in Orlando; Christopher Jones, president of RDBG Consulting Group in Jacksonville; Paul Lewis, chief planning manager for the City of Orlando; Thomas Murphy, ULI’s senior resident fellow and a former mayor of Pittsburgh; and Wayne Reed, an engineer with R-A-M Professional Group in Jacksonville. All members served without compensation.
The panel was organized by HGS attorney Jennifer Kilinski and ULI North Florida District Council Manager Carolyn Clark of Jacksonville.