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ULI Indiana 2017 Review and 2018 Preview

Happy New Year from ULI Indiana! Here are just some of the ways ULI Indiana made an impact in 2017, as well as what’s on the docket for 2018.


New ULI tools that connect you to people and leadership opportunities
The Urban Land Institute launched two web-based offerings that add value to membership. Navigator allows members to find and connect to the many ways to get involved with ULI, and ULI also enhanced the Member Directory. Members can log in, fill out their membership profiles, and start making connections.

A membership milestone
ULI Indiana achieved membership exceeding 300 members, achieving an all-time high and expanding the opportunity for you to build your network.

Renewing our strategic plan to increase member value
The advisory board held a strategic planning retreat, setting goals, establishing dashboards and implementing changes to continue to increase ULI Indiana’s impact and value.

10-year anniversary and sponsorship recognition
We celebrated ULI Indiana’s 10th anniversary at our annual signature event, Real Estate Trends, which featured special recognition of our sponsors, including gifts inspired by the issue of parks and open space. Forty-five total sponsors contributed to ULI Indiana during the 2017 fiscal year.

Increased collaboration with peer organizations  
ULI Indiana increased its collaboration with multiple organizations including the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority Placemaking Council, Reconnecting with our Waterways, the Ball State University College of Architecture & Planning, the local chapters of the American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, and American Society of Landscape Architects, and more. In addition, we partnered with NAIOP for the first time on the University Challenge.

More product tours
We started a new series, ULI On Location, hosted at an array of different exciting venues around Indianapolis.

Women’s Leadership Initiative development
Our WLI group came into its own in 2017 and took a field trip to Louisville for ULI Kentucky’s Louisville Mayor’s Land Use and Development Forum. The group is discussing a similar field trip for 2018.

Pro-bono Technical Advisory Panel for Indy’s west side
In coordination with the West Side Chamber of Commerce, Indy Gateway, the City of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Airport Authority, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, ULI Indiana formed an advisory panel made of YLG members to address the implementation of several urban planning, zoning, and design recommendations made over the years concerning Indianapolis’ West Side neighborhoods. If you know of a community that could benefit from a TAP, please visit our website for more details and contact information.


Breakfast Series
Our 2018 Breakfast Series kicks off with an exciting program, “The Future of Food: Perspectives from Leaders in Indy’s Thriving Restaurant Scene.” Speakers include Martha Hoover, Owner, Patachou, Inc.; Don Degnan, President and CEO, The Kitchen Restaurant Group; Bryan Chandler, President, Eclipse Real Estate; and moderator Catherine Esselman, Real Estate Director, Downtown Indy. To accommodate growing attendance and respond to feedback from members, the first four programs of 2018 will take place at the beautiful Indiana Landmarks Center. The second four Breakfast Series programs will take place at a location on the north side of Indianapolis. Stay tuned for more details on 2018 Breakfast Series topics.

ULI On Location and other networking opportunities
We’ll continue our ULI On Location programs started in 2017, allowing you to explore interesting developments in Indianapolis while networking with industry leaders. In addition, YLG and WLI will hold informal happy hours for their respective groups.

Mentorship program
Our mentorship program will continue in 2018, and is based on an informal, “it’s just lunch” format. To volunteer to be a “Seasoned Pro” or “Young Leader,” fill out this form.

Additional programs
ULI Indiana will again participate in the University Challenge, the Monumental Awards and other collaborations. In addition, we’ll continue leading the Central Indiana Council of Elected Officials, Technical Advisory Panels, and our signature fall event, Real Estate Trends.

Both behind the scenes and in more visible ways, ULI Indiana works in line with our mission to connect and develop leaders, influence the private and public sectors to enact the highest principles of good land use and development, and position Indiana metros as a great place to live and to invest. Special thanks to our advisory board and volunteers for your efforts in 2017, and to our sponsors for making all of our work possible.

Kelli Lawrence
Chair, ULI Indiana District Council
Partner, Cityscape Residential

P.S. Read how ULI members are making a difference around the globe in the Urban Land Institute’s 2017 Annual Report.

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