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Rose Center for Public Leadership Update

ULI Virginia is pleased to announce that Levar Stoney, mayor of Richmond, has been selected by The Rose Center for Public Leadership for a 2018 Land Use Fellowship.  This distinguished fellowship, offered to only four mayors nationwide each year, encourages and supports 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.

For more information on Mayor Stoney’s selection click here

ULI Virginia was pleased to nominate Mayor Stoney for the fellowship. Four other Richmond officials will join him in the fellowship:  ULI Virginia member Jane Ferrara, chief operating officer for the Department of Economic Community Development; Cynthia Newbill, District 7 City councilmember; Robert Steidel, deputy chief administrative officer for operations; and Ellyn Parker, public art coordinator at the Department of Planning and Development Review.

The Mayor, his team and representatives from the other four cities (Columbus, OH, Salt Lake City, UT, and Tuscon, AZ) will participate in the year-long, fully-funded fellowship.  ULI Virginia anticipates great opportunities will develop from the fellowship’s promotion of interdisciplinary problem solving and public/private collaboration through peer-to-peer learning.

Mayor Stoney and the Richmond team were at the ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles for their opening retreat and in December were on NLC’s study tour hosted by ULI Toronto to learn how that city is managing its explosive growth.
The centerpiece of the fellowship is a four-day visit by a panel of world-renowned experts to study a land use challenge identified by Mayor Stoney. The selected challenge is Shockoe Valley.

For more information on the land use challenge, the mayor’s interest in the area and his goals for the panel, please click here.

Though similar to a ULI Advisory Services Panel, which can cost up to $150,000, the fellowship panel is entirely funded by the Rose Center.

“The fellowship is a unique opportunity for Mayor Stoney, the City of Richmond, and ULI Virginia,” said Jeff Geiger, co-chair for mission advancement at ULI Virginia and a land use attorney at Hirschler Fleischer, PC.  “The insights of a creative, problem-solving panel on a land use challenge in the heart of our city will provide a road map for rejuvenation while recognizing and respecting the valley’s historical roots.”

Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming panel visit and the program to be offered by ULI Virginia in conjunction with the panel visit.  ULI Virginia looks forward to seeing what this distinguished panel envisions for the Shockoe Valley.

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