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Bomani M. Howze

VP of Development
The Buccini/Pollin Group
Bomani M. Howze is Vice President of Development with the Buccini/Pollin Group, a real estate development firm that focuses on acquisitions, development and management of hotels, commercial and residential real estate. The Wilmington based company has over $5.0 billion in assets including 6 million SF of office, flex office and retail space, 30 internationally branded hotels, and 10 major residential communities. Over the last 17 years, Mr. Howze has been instrumental in laying the ground work for in Pittsburgh for a new 28-acre live/work/play experience intended to transform his Lower Hill, childhood neighborhood. The once redlined and disinvested neighborhood now calls for 1,200 residential units, 1.2M SF of office space, a 400 room hotel and 250,000 SF of entertainment and retail anchored by Live Nation. Bomani’s real estate track started off in residential multifamily acquisitions, then transitioning to large scale affordable housing and mixed use commercial office space. He recently played a key administrative role in securing government approvals for the commencement of construction on the 26 story, 460k RSF, FNB Financial Center in Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District. Mr. Howze’s responsibilities include heading up the Pittsburgh expansion, spearheading multifamily, mixed use affordable housing planning, commercial office leasing, government approvals and community reinvestment. A huge focus for Bomani has been implementing transformative development principles of the Community Collaboration Implementation Plan (CCIP), a framework to optimize positive impacts from the development. • Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Inclusion • Inclusionary & Homeownership Housing Programs • Coordinated Community Development Strategies • Communications, Reporting & Tracking • Job Creation, Local inclusion & Workforce Development • Wealth Building Initiatives • Culture & Community Legacy Initiatives Results to date: contracting at 30%+ participation of African American, minority and woman owned businesses. $30+M in community reinvestment and 50% in tax abatement revenues targeted to the Greater Hill District. Prior to this role Bomani founded OLMEC Development Company and has helped secure awards of 500+ residential, mixed income units. Bomani holds a B.S. in Education from Norfolk State University (HBCU) as well as an MBA from Point Park University.

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