What is the ULI Urban Investment Network?
The ULI Urban Investment Network (UIN) is an independent European network designed to promote and encourage world class investment in urban development. The initiative was developed by the Urban Land Institute in collaboration with a group of leading cities, European Institutions and private sector organisations. It is an open network that continuously recruits new members and partners.
The Network creates a continuous dialogue between public and private sector leaders who are seeking to improve their ability to collaborate on urban investment. Its premise is that public-private relationships with a high level of collaborative working provide ample opportunities to bridge investment gaps and overcome city development challenges.
Why is UIN needed?
Effective collaboration is essential if Europe is to meet the challenges of the 21st century: being globally competitive in a knowledge-led economy, reducing carbon emissions and making the most effective use of land for urban development. The "investment gap" encompasses more than capital; opportunities also exist to improve knowledge and skills, institutional frameworks and techniques for collaborative working amongst Europe’s cities.
Who is engaged with UIN?
- City and metropolitan leaders and development executives
- Corporate and institutional investors, developers and advisors
- European financial institutions and national development bodies
- Specialised urban, property and infrastructure fund-managers or financiers
What is the ULI?
ULI – the Urban Land Institute – is a non-profit research and education organisation supported by its members. Founded in Chicago in 1936, the institute now has over 30,000 members in 95 countries worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines and working in private enterprise and public service. In Europe, we have over 2,000 members supported by a regional office in London and a small team in Frankfurt.
ULI brings together leaders with a common commitment to improving professional standards, seeking the best use of land and following excellent practices.
We are a think tank, providing advice and best practices in a neutral setting – valuable for practical learning, involving public officials and engaging urban leaders who may not have a real estate background. By engaging experts from various disciplines we can arrive at advanced answers to problems which would be difficult to achieve independently.
ULI shares knowledge through discussion forums, research, publications and electronic media. All these activities are aimed at providing information that is practical, down to earth and useful so that on-the-ground changes can be made. By building and sustaining a diverse network of local experts, we are able to address the current and future challenges facing Europe’s cities.
Download the 2011 calendar of events and activities for ULI Europe from www.uli-europe.org