For more than 70 years, ULI’s globally renowned Advisory Services program has convened experts representing all aspects of real estate and urban planning to participate on panels offering recommendations for complex planning and development projects, programs, and policies. As yet, panelists have developed solutions for more than 700 assignments spanning the full spectrum of real estate–related issues, from reusing obsolete waterfront industrial properties to rebuilding downtowns ravaged by economic decline, natural disasters, or both.
In fiscal year 2019, ULI continued its legacy of advisory work by assisting 17 communities in the Americas and Europe with a variety of urban development–related challenges, including the following:
– Creating housing and revitalizing neighborhoods in Dublin, Ireland.
– Improving urban resilience in Downtown Miami.
– Reimagining parks and open spaces in San Antonio.
– Economic and equitable development strategies for North Charleston, South Carolina.
– Creating additional park space throughout Detroit.
– Expanding downtown park space in Atlanta.
– Revitalizing suburban corridors in Irvington Plaza, Indianapolis.
– Revitalizing commercial corridors and boosting economic development in rural Hancock County, Indiana.
– Adapting properties for reuse and revitalizing neighborhoods in Detroit.
– Rebuilding following hurricanes in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
– Enhancing economic development in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
– Revitalizing urban areas and boosting economic competitiveness in Wolfsburg, Germany.
– Increasing transit-oriented development and public spaces in Sacramento, California.
– Disaster recovery and economic recovery in Port Aransas, Texas.
– Boosting employment opportunities through economic diversification in Morgan City and Berwick, Louisiana.
– Exploring tactical building reuse and preservation in Detroit.
– Revitalizing the downtown in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Service on an Advisory Services panel entails ULI members from outside the community volunteering to spend five days in the community evaluating the assignment (which includes site tours and interviews with a wide variety of stakeholders) and drafting initial recommendations for solutions that are presented at the conclusion of the panel’s visit. This is followed by a more detailed report provided to panel sponsors. In fiscal year 2019, nearly 150 members volunteered to serve as Advisory Services panelists.