Mayor Levar Stoney One of Four Mayors Selected as 2018 Class of Daniel Rose Land Use Fellows

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The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) today announced mayors from four cities, Richmond, VA, Columbus, OH, Salt Lake City, UT and Tucson, AZ have been selected as the 2018 class of Daniel Rose Land Use Fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership.


Mayor Levar Stoney will join mayors Andrew Ginther, Jackie Biskupski and Jonathan Rothschild in leading teams from their respective cities. The mayoral teams will receive technical assistance on local land use challenges from NLC, ULI and their peers from the other fellowship cities.


The four city teams will convene next week for a retreat at ULI’s Fall Meeting in Los Angeles.


“Land use decisions are critical to the overall success of city economic and community development,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities (NLC). “We are thrilled to extend the expertise of the Rose Center for Public Leadership Land Use Fellowship to the cities of Columbus, Richmond, Salt Lake City and Tucson, and we look forward to seeing the opportunities and outcomes that these partnerships provide.”


The Rose Center’s mission is to encourage and support excellence in land use decision making by public officials. Established at ULI in 2008 with a $5 million gift by ULI Foundation Governor Daniel Rose, the Rose family and ULI in 2014 formed a strategic partnership with NLC to bring its robust expertise in local government leadership to bear on the Rose Center’s programs.

“I am honored to be selected as a fellow for this incredible initiative, now in its ninth year,” said Mayor Stoney. “Richmond’s fellowship team will bring new opportunity to a critical and targeted development initiative in our city.”


Included are City Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, Jane Ferrara, chief operating officer of the Department of Economic & Community Development and Robert Steidel, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Operations. The project manager is Ellyn Parker, public art coordinator at the Department of Planning & Development Review.


To assist the fellowship city teams, the Rose Center has assembled eight urban development and design leaders from around the nation who will serve as their faculty advisers over the course of the fellowship year.


Richmond’s advisers will be Andre Brumfield, who leads Gensler’s planning and urban design practice from its Chicago office; and Colleen Carey, president of the Twin Cities-based Cornerstone Group, which seeks to transform communities through socially responsible development projects.


Past fellowship teams have successfully led changes in their cities after receiving technical assistance and strategic advice on topics such as revitalizing aging commercial areas to attract new businesses and jobs; how new investment in older neighborhoods can more equitably benefit existing residents; the role of transit and transportation infrastructure in city building; and developing new community engagement models in transitioning neighborhoods.

“The Rose Center’s fellowship program has a consistent track record of mayoral teams effectively working together to help solve the land use challenges of our nation’s leading metropolitan areas,” said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “Cities are the heart of our country’s economy, serving as hubs for human capital and innovation. We are excited to partner with NLC and the new class of Rose fellows to highlight creative approaches and solutions that other communities can replicate to become more health, prosperous, and sustainable.”


To view the full NLC/ULI release, click here.


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