ULI Governors speak to “Ensuring a Fiscally Sustainable Future: Increasing Opportunities for Quality Infill and Urban Redevelopment”
On October 24, 2013, a diverse group of over 130 ULI members and non-members gathered to hear preliminary thoughts of visiting ULI Governors on “Ensuring a Fiscally Sustainable Future: Increasing Opportunities for Quality Infill and Urban Redevelopment”.
This presentation was the capstone of a ULI Governors’ Advisory Panel (GAP), a two and half day concentrated study of a locally-defined issue. This study involves local stakeholders who identify the issue to be studied, provide background information, and participate in interviews with the Governors, etc. Then the Governors synthesize the information they’ve gathered and, based on their expertise and experience, present a preliminary set of recommendations intended to be useful in local solutions to a locally identified challenge by the GAP ‘clients’, Mayor Karl Dean and Deputy Mayor Greg Hinote, Metro Planning Executive Director Rick Bernhardt and Matt Wiltshire, Director of Economic Development.
ULI Governors have been described as ”industry leaders who have been involved with ULI for a long time, and who feel passionately about the organization. They have a tremendous knowledge base in their areas of expertise, and are considered by many to represent, as a body, the apex of industry experience.” The panel of Governors who came to Nashville epitomizes this level of expertise, complimented by the deep experience of the accompanying ULI Staff. PANELIST BIOS
A ULI GAP is a product of the generous funding of the ULI Foundation: Specifically of longtime ULI Trustee and Foundation Governor John Hagestad. ULI Advisory Services panels bring the finest expertise in the real estate field to bear on complex land use planning and development projects, programs, and policies, on locally identified issues. For Hagestad, the Governors panels represent an opportunity to gather an exclusive group of deeply committed ULI members at the height of their careers to help solve pressing problems.
Additionally, a group of ULI Nashville members served on a member-only Action Council, meeting nearly every other week for the last 5 months, to prepare for the GAP. COMMITTEE MEMBER NAMES
The most compelling of the GAP recommendations all relate to investing in the public realm.
Innovative practices in policy, finance, and organizational structure to invest in our infrastructure in the public realm will further position Nashville as a great city for the next era of city growth, tap in to all of its opportunities and meet many of its challenges to its competitive edge over other quality cities. With this investment and attention, market-driven redevelopment and infill development will respond.
Key Areas for Investing in the Public Realm, include:
• A comprehensive and multi-modal modernTransit Plan
• Contemporary strategies for parking management and financing
• Balanced and progressive treatment of utility infrastructure and service delivery
• Education as core of neighborhood development
News Coverage of the event:
The Nashville Post
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The Governors’ preliminary recommendations will be refined and returned to the local ‘clients’ and to ULI Nashville in a final report in the coming months.
ULI Nashville and its member-only GAP Action Council will use these findings to continue the work of exploring actionable steps to solve the issues of “Ensuring a Fiscally Sustainable Future: Increasing Opportunities for Quality Infill and Urban Redevelopment”.