I’m pleased to share ULI’s annual report for Fiscal Year 2016—a busy, productive year highlighted by efforts to reinforce the Institute’s member-centric roots. We enjoyed strong membership growth, reaching nearly 40,000, which is very close to ULI’s membership level prior to the global financial crisis. And, in the process of recovering our membership, we focused on building a much more resilient, diverse, and durable ULI, with broader geographic reach and more tightly connected member networks.
In FY 2016, ULI’s global leadership worked in to forge a closer connection between members’ interests and the Institute’s program of work, to make it easier for members to understand the organization and customize its offerings to their needs. A primary objective was to strengthen ULI at the global and local levels through improved member communications, more streamlined operations, and a more efficient allocation of resources.
Accompanying this effort was a stronger emphasis on member networks, particularly the product councils. We increased the linkage between product councils and other networks, and in the process worked with the councils to explore industry issues and share the results with the broader organization, and enhance knowledge-sharing opportunities through alliances with our district councils.
FY 2016 also marked the beginning of two emerging areas of focus at ULI. The first is how technology can improve city building in such areas as infrastructure investments, urban mobility, and land use policy making. The second area is cities as drivers of social equity and opportunity. We’re exploring how to more broadly share the benefits of urban revitalization to reach more residents and foster more inclusive communities.
As you will see in this report, ULI’s many accomplishments in FY 2016 laid the groundwork for exciting work in the years ahead. We are moving forward as a more member-driven, mission-focused, solution-oriented organization—one that is making a positive, lasting impact on the future of cities around the world.
Patrick L. Phillips
Global Chief Executive Officer
Urban Land Institute