Rose Center for Public Leadership

The mission of the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use is to encourage and support excellence in land use decision making by providing public officials with access to information, best practices, peer networks and other resources to foster creative, efficient, practical and sustainable land use policies. Founded at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in 2008 by New York-based developer Daniel Rose, In 2014 the Rose family and ULI formed a strategic partnership with NLC to bring its robust expertise in local government and leadership to bear on the Rose Center's programs. Today, NLC operates the Rose Center as part of its Center for City Solutions, with the ongoing programmatic, financial, and strategic support of both ULI and the Rose family. This new partnership allows the Rose Center to build on its well-established track record of reaching new audiences, exploring new topics, and fostering better relationships and ideas in the practice of city building.

The Rose Center operates two, year-long fellowship programs for large US cities that emphasize leadership, inter-disciplinary problem solving, public/private collaboration, and peer-to-peer learning—one focuses on land use, the other on economic development. Since 2009, the Daniel Rose land use fellowship has provided an annual class of four cities with technical assistance on a local urban development challenge that they choose. Each fall, the Rose Center invites a cohort of four mayors to select their cities’ fellowship teams, who receive leadership training and professional development opportunities from NLC and ULI in addition to advice on their land use issue. With underwriting from the Surdna and Open Society foundations, the Rose Center in 2016 launched an Equitable Economic Development fellowship to help cities pursue more equitable and inclusive economic development policies, programs and funding, in partnership with ULI and PolicyLink. Each spring, the Rose Center invites a cohort of six cities to select fellowship teams that receive technical assistance and share best practices to make equity, transparency, sustainability, and community engagement driving forces for how they conduct economic development and bring an intentional focus on communities that have been historically disconnected from economic growth and prosperity.

Through its education and training programs, the Rose Center aspires to facilitate effective working relationships between the public and private sectors. In addition to these fellowships, the Rose Center hosts convenings of thought leaders and organizes educational workshops, webinars, and conference sessions focused on the intersection of public sector strategy and private sector expertise in real estate, land use, development, design, and planning. Recent subjects have included new approaches to public engagement, how rapid advances in technology are impacting land use and transportation in cities, and finding creative solutions to local fiscal challenges. The Rose Center also administers a scholarship program for public sector officials to attend the annual ULI Fall Meeting

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