Membership by Type
Young Leaders: 20%
The past year has looked unlike any other in recent memory. Through a global health pandemic and national attention on racial inequity, ULI members rose to the occasion to convene critical conversations that are more important than ever. Take a moment to look back, and scroll through, a snapshot of ULI Philadelphia, including who our members are, the conversations we have had and the partnerships we have formed to help solve some of our area’s most pressing land use and real estate challenges. Sections below include:
Membership by Type
Young Leaders: 20%
Nearly 400 members serve on 18 various committees and councils, including Local Product Councils (Community & Economic Engagement, Health & Life Sciences, Housing and Small Scale & Impact Development); Affinity Groups; Committees; and Regional Councils.
35 local leaders chair each of ULI Philadelphia’s committees and councils while serving on the Advisory Board, made up of local leaders, top sponsors and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisors.
ULI’s mission is unattainable without hearing, understanding and amplifying more diverse perspectives involved and engaged in solving today’s land use and urban development challenges. To truly fulfill our mission, we need leadership, membership and programming that is more representative of and responsive to the needs of the populations within which we work. That’s why we are intent on cultivating, fostering and nurturing a culture of inclusion.
Members volunteer their expertise across the country serving in advisory service roles, including:
BID Sustainability, Washington, District of Columbia – Advisory Service Panel
Transportation and Corridor Planning, Austin, Texas – Advisory Service Panel
The Riverwalk Brampton, Brampton, Ontario – Project Analysis Session
Parks and Open Space, Kansas City, Missouri – Advisory Service Panel
25 members volunteered for UrbanPlan, serving 18 students and 25 community leaders.
In August 2020, ULI Philadelphia delivered the Inaugural UrbanPlan program at the University of Pennsylvania pivoting from in-person to virtual delivery. In January 2021, the pilot UrbanPlan for Communities workshop was delivered virtually to graduates of the Citizen’s Planning Institute or board members of local Registered Community Organizations.
Philadelphia was featured among ULI Americas research and reports, including:
Creative Placemaking: Sparking Development with Arts and Culture
Successful Partnerships for Parks: Collaborative Approaches to Advance Equitable Space
Pavement to Parks: Transforming Spaces for Cars into Places for People
Decarbonizing the Built Environment: 10 Principles for Climate Mitigation Policies
Emerging Trends in Real Estate: United States and Canada 2020
Six ULI Philadelphia members serve as National Product Council Chairs, convening leaders from across the country on topics such as:
Commercial and Retail Development
Residential Neighborhood Development
University Development and Innovation
In the face of an unprecedented and ongoing public health crisis as well as a groundswell moment for advancing racial equity in America, ULI Philadelphia developed a series of accessible virtual programming to foster critical conversation while advancing the real estate and land use industries.
ULI Philadelphia: A Conversation with Richard Rothstein
ULI New York: Leadership in the Age of Black Lives Matter
ULI Boston/New England: Transforming an Industry: How the Federal Reserve made Inclusion a Priority
ULI Washington: Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities – A Conversation with Dr. Andre Perry
ULI Philadelphia: Walking the Talk on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
ULI Philadelphia continued its work supporting the Life Sciences sector by providing important educational and technical assistance programs to both the private and public sectors. These programs included:
Life Sciences & Economic Resiliency – Philly’s Advantage Webinar: April 19, 2020
Lower Schuylkill District TAP: Creating a World Class Life Sciences District: April 29, 2021
The Formation of A Life Sciences Neighborhood – A Study of the Navy Yard: April 15, 2021
The programs above build on previous work including the creation of a Health & Life Sciences Local Product Council and research and convening around the Future of Work.
ULI Philadelphia used its platform to highlight transformative development projects throughout Philadelphia. Some of these programs included:
4th Annual Shark Tank – Two emerging developers pitch their impact development projects to a team of seasoned “sharks.”
Building in Brewerytown: Balancing Business, Community, and Development – A conversation on how business, community and development organizations look to revitalize their neighborhood through thoughtful and intentional partnerships.
Refinery Redevelopment: Creating a New Legacy – The reuse of PES Refinery site represents an opportunity to create a new landscape for the nearby neighborhoods and region.
ULI Philadelphia brought together the public and private sectors for important policy conversations affecting real estate and land use throughout the city. These conversations included:
A Decade of Retail: Rebuilding to Recovery – In 2009, Philadelphia was facing high retail vacancy rates across the city. Through collaborative and intentional efforts, those conditions improved in the last decade, while panelists discuss the circumstances that may threaten some of those gains.
Immigration & Development Patterns – The Small Scale & Impact Development Council explore how immigration is affecting Philadelphia’s development patterns.
Approaches to Community Engagement: CBAs and Beyond – Panelists shared ideas and best practices for both developers and community group leaders navigating the CBA and community engagement process.
This year’s Annual Real Estate Forecast featured over 18 speakers, during a full day program, exploring issues of equity and resilience. Sessions included:
Keynote Presentation with Calvin Gladney: The Pandemic, Politics, and the Proforma
Navigating a Post Pandemic Economy
Local and National Emerging Trends
ULI Philadelphia works with public sector partners to solve land use and real estate challenges through various advisory service models. Recent work includes:
Pottstown, PA Advisory Services Panel (November, 2019)
Cramer Hill Waterfront Park, Camden, NJ National Study Visit (October, 2019)
Funding provided by The JPB Foundation
West Whiteland Township Technical Assistance Panel (October, 2020)
PIDC Lower Schuylkill Life Sciences Technical Assistance Panel (December, 2020)
Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing National Study Visit (February, 2021)
Upcoming projects include:
Delaware Riverfront Waterfront Resilient Pier Development Advisory Services Panel (Spring, 2021)
Funding provided by JPMorgan Chase
Fairmount Park Centennial District Advisory Services Panel (Spring, 2021)
Funding provided by The JPB Foundation
Total Revenue: $581,523
Total Expenses: $575,010
*Note: Financial data reported for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. COVID-19 impacts about a quarter the year for this data.
The Flynn Company
The Norwood Company
City Center Allentown
Coscia Moos Architecture
GMH Capital Partners
Kitchen & Associates Architects
Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP
Larsson & Scheuritzel P.C.
PNC Real Estate
Shoemaker Construction Company
The Harman Group
Timothy Haas & Associates
University City Science Center
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
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