The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is the oldest group of land use professionals in the world. It has a long history of advising on specific development projects and pulling together groups of experts to provide guidance on complex development issues.
Membership has two levels: ‘Associate’ and ‘Full’ with the Associate level running $492 per year and the Full running $1220. So, not cheap.
So, is it worth it?
I’d say that depends on your focus. If you work for a public entity (think city planning and zoning office) that deals in land use ULI can prove invaluable in exposing you to solutions and people that can advise on difficult urban issues.
If you work for yourself and are flipping houses but have an interest in getting into larger development deals I’d say maybe try it for a year and see what value you get from it.
If you are a private developer of any volume I would suggest that it is nearly obligatory. For networking, sourcing new and innovative solutions and helping to keep tabs on the changing demands and issues with the market.
If you are a budding developer look to their extensive bookstore and educational offerings that can provide the foundation for successful projects. These are not cheap but they’re of a very high quality and one educational course alone can prove worth your membership.
I believe the key to the value however is that it’s not a transactional one. You will reap the true value of the membership over a longer period of time in the relationships and access to knowledge that are provided by the group.
The yearly Fall Meeting starts tomorrow in Washington DC and is a huge gathering with piles of workshops and lectures on numerous topics.
So, is membership in ULI worth it? Yes, if you work in development / land use. The connections and ideas are invaluable.
ULI Americas Website: https://americas.uli.org/