Through the generosity of its Annual Sponsors, ULI Philadelphia is able to deliver more than 40 educational programs as well as community outreach initiatives such as Technical Assistance Panels, Community Action Grants and undergraduate and graduate-level scholarships.



ULI Local Research and Content

As a non-partisan, global, research organization, ULI Philadelphia is uniquely positioned to offer land use education and technical assistance, based upon sound principles and best practices shared across our diverse and interdisciplinary membership. Because ULI represents a steadfast commitment to responsible public policy to create thriving communities, we can leverage our members’ vast expertise to help inform and advise leaders on policies impacting regional development.

ULI Philadelphia identified housing affordability as a priority issue in our 2017 Strategic Plan and shares the goal of creating and preserving affordable and workforce housing units in the City of Philadelphia. We support a thorough and impartial investigation of a broad framework of policy tools towards this objective.

The ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing provided guidance summarizing the extensive empirical research, policy analysis, and technical assistance that the Center has provided to local governments on the subject of housing policy, including inclusionary zoning. ULI Philadelphia is committed to supporting and enhancing the education and research process related to housing affordability issues.

Housing Letter

Grants through the ULI Foundation

The ULI Foundation Annual Fund provides funding for Urban Innovation Grants to support local ULI projects that recognize or launch innovative public private partnerships that will advance the responsible use of land in building healthy, thriving communities worldwide. The Foundation has contributed $250,000. ULI Philadelphia is currently working with one grant awarded by the ULI Foundation.

More information on past grants and future opportunities can be found here.

Etkin Johnson Student Scholarship

The Etkin Johnson Student Scholarship program is designed to immerse its participants into the thriving land use industry in Philadelphia. From October 2017 through May 2018, the participants will attend ULI Philadelphia events, committees, become volunteers, meet with a mentor and network with ULI members to enhance their scholastic endeavors and learn the benefits of ULI membership.

Pete Cramer

Wexford Science & TechnologyYLG Co-chair

Mentorship Program

WHAT is it?  A year long mentoring program designed to develop emerging talent in real estate and foster mutually beneficial relationships within ULI. We team up ULI Young Leaders with experienced real estate executives in the Philadelphia region.

HOW does it work? You will be paired with a mentor or mentee based on shared interests, backgrounds, and goals. You will then meet with your match at least four times a year at your convenience: lunch, coffee, after work, or at a ULI event.

Applications are currently closed and will re-open in late 2018.

Lindsay Bodin

Insomnia CookiesYLG Co-chair

Jeff Brown

Korman CommunitiesMentorship Champion

Paul Knepley

Becker & FrondorfYLG Co-Chair

Technical Assitance Panels (TAPs)

For more than 60 years, ULI has harnessed the multidisciplinary expertise of its 40,000-plus members to help solve difficult land use, development, and redevelopment challenges on behalf of government agencies and community-based nonprofits.

ULI Philadelphia’s Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) provides a unique, market-based perspective to address a broad range of issues including strategies for revitalizing corridors or specific properties, analyzing the re-use potential of existing properties, identifying key economic and land use issues relating to public/private land use situations, long-range visioning for corridors or nodes, evaluating specific development and land proposals or issues, market feasibility analyses, financial analysis and structuring.

More information and past TAPs can be found here.

Peter Angelides

Econsult SolutionsTAPs Co-Chair

Patty Elkis

Delaware Valley Regional Planning CommissionTAPs Co-Chair

Past Projects

Grays Ferry Healthy Corridor Project

ULI Philadelphia, in conjunction with PennPraxis, received a national grant to study the Grays Ferry corridor from Washington Avenue to Woodland Avenue. The Healthy Corridors Phase II Grant was awarded by The Urban Land Institute (ULI)’s Global organization through funds received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation. National panelists convened in December of 2017 for an intensive workshop and made recommendations for including health within future planning processes for the Grays Ferry corridor. The culminating presentation and recommendations can be found here.

10 Thousand Friends of Pennsylvania

10,000 Friends, with the generous support of ULI Philadelphia through a ULI Foundation Urban Innovation Grant, produced a white paper report following a multi-year effort to catalog the public health, economic, and financial benefits correlated with healthy and walkable communities in Pennsylvania. Acting on 10,000 Friends’ own recommendations from the report, the organization has created its Healthy & Walkable Communities Initiative to directly assist communities in implementing projects improving health & walkability.

Learn more about the project and 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania here.

Mayor’s Historic Preservation Task Force

Mayor Jim Kenney has appointed a panel of developers, scholars, city officials and preservationists to recommend ways the city can better prevent its historic buildings from falling to the wrecking ball. Julia Gutstadt of Dranoff Properties will represent ULI Philadelphia on this task force. Read more here.

ULI Philadelphia previously worked in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and released a report. Read more about our work here and download the report.