From providing recommendations to Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on how to prepare for extreme weather events to evaluating how to “stitch” downtown Atlanta back together with new streets, buildings, and parks, members participating in ULI’s Advisory Services program got as much out of serving on panels during fiscal year 2019 as they gave to the communities seeking advice.
The panel experience—which typically involves long hours evaluating often-tough assignments, meeting with local stakeholders, and developing detailed recommendations—was widely viewed among the participants as well worth the time, yielding significant benefits in terms of professional development and opportunities to learn as well as share expertise.
“It’s an excellent program and has obviously stood the test of time,” said panelist and leading ULI member Richard Krochalis, commissioner of the Seattle Design Commission. “You can connect with your colleagues and really give back. The Advisory Services program is a great way to stay involved within ULI as a contributing member.”
The Advisory Services program “brings together leaders from across the fields of real estate and land use policy to exchange best practices and help serve the community’s needs,” said leading member Michael Bloom, sustainability practice manager at R.G. Miller Engineers Inc. in Houston. Bloom, who served on the Toa Baja panel, described the experience as “very rewarding and intense.”