TAPs

Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) are one way for ULI to provide direct assistance to communities by leveraging our members' expertise to address challenging land use and real estate issues.

TAPs

Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) are one way for ULI to provide direct assistance to communities by leveraging our members’ expertise to address challenging land use and real estate issues.

TAPs are a product of ULI’s national Advisory Services program. (See a list of recent and upcoming national panels.)

Characteristics of a local TAP:

  • Managed by the local District Council and draws its panelists from our region or adjacent regions.
  • Scope of questions is narrower than in a national panel and can be addressed in approximately 1 day of intensely focused work.
  • Panelists have no direct relationship to the study area but, instead, can lend an outside perspective.
  • The panelists will obtain detailed knowledge of the study area via interviews with local stakeholders, who do have a relationship with the study area.
  • A written report will be produced.

ULI Indiana TAPs:

  • 5 professionals/1 day/$10,0000
  • Private or Public – the choice is up to you:
    • A client may undertake a TAP in order for ULI member experts to quickly and discreetly investigate a question or concern and provide private feedback to the client.
    • A client may also wish to have a more public TAP process and/or presentation in order to draw attention to their community or a particular area for development.
  • May be commissioned by any type of organization, such as: public agency, redevelopment authority, community development corporation, neighborhood or business association, or private entity.
  • May be directly funded by the client or may include fundraising/corporate sponsors.
  • Sample Scope and Agenda

Why would you want to have a TAP?

  • You probably have some great people working on your project already, but often an outside perspective can be helpful.
  • ULI is recognized and respected for the expertise of our members. A project that has been through a ULI TAP process:
    • May have unique development characteristics that will make the project more valuable than it would have been if developed in a more conventional manner.
    • May find it easier to gain regulatory approvals, since it will have the TAP report as backup or proof of concept.
    • May find it easier to attract capital, since it will have the TAP report as backup or proof of concept.
  • Through the TAP process the client might be introduced to potential partners they might not have known about otherwise (for example, a government funding program or an investor who’s been involved in similar projects).

For more information contact Indiana@uli.org or:

Deb Kunce
CORE Planning Strategies
Chair
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