Salt Lake City among four U.S. cities selected for prestigious land use fellowship


Salt Lake City and the Urban Land Institute Utah District Council (ULI Utah) announced that Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has been selected for the 2018 class of Daniel Rose Land Use Fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership.

On Thursday, October 26, in conjunction with the national ULI Fall Meeting, Mayor Biskupski and mayors from three other selected cities will commence the year-long program during which ULI, National League of Cities (NLC), and fellowship peers will provide technical assistance on a Salt Lake City land use challenge.

Now in its ninth year, the land use fellowship begins with the selection of four mayors, each of whom chooses three additional fellows (city department leaders or public agency directors with land use decision-making authority) and a project manager to serve as their city’s fellowship team. Mayor Biskupski has selected Michael Akerlow, deputy director of the Department of Community & Neighborhoods, Nick Norris, director of the Department of Community & Neighborhoods’ Planning Division, and Danny Walz, chief operating officer of the Redevelopment Agency as Salt Lake City’s additional fellows, and Amanda Holty, marketing and communications specialist of the Redevelopment Agency as the team’s project manager. The Salt Lake City fellowship team will be focusing on local regulatory barriers impacting housing choice and affordability. The other selected cities are: Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; and Tucson, Arizona.

“It’s an honor for Salt Lake City to have been chosen by the Rose Center for its Land Use Fellowship,” said Mayor Biskupski. “The Center’s mission to encourage and support excellence in land use decision-making parallels Salt Lake City’s own housing, planning, and redevelopment goals, and I look forward to the Salt Lake City team’s involvement in this invaluable program.”

The program of work includes working retreats at NLC and ULI annual conferences at the beginning, mid-point, and end of the program year, a study tour of another U.S. or foreign city, and peer exchange panel visits to each of the four fellowship cities.

About the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership:

Established in 2008, the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership operates two, year-long fellowship programs for large U.S. cities that emphasize leadership, inter-disciplinary problem solving, public/private collaboration, and peer-to-peer learning—one focused on land use, the other on equitable economic development. It also hosts forums, educational workshops, webinars and conference sessions to bring private sector expertise to public sector implementation strategies.