Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use

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 City Solutions and Applied Research Center, 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 Daniel Rose Fellowship provides one year of technical assistance to an annual class of four cities on an urban development challenge of their choosing. Rose Fellows receive leadership training and professional development opportunities from NLC and ULI. The Daniel Rose Fellowship emphasizes leadership, integrated problem solving, public/private collaboration, and peer-to-peer learning. Four mayors of large American cities are invited to serve as Rose Fellows each year, so far including: Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Minneapolis, Memphis, Nashville, Oakland, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Sacramento, Seattle, Tacoma, and Tampa.   Through its education and training programs, the Rose Center aspires to facilitate effective working relationships between the public and private sectors.

In addition to the Fellowship, 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 how rapid advances in technology are impacting land use and transportation in cities, equitable economic development, 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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