ULI Columbus was established in 2008 as a District Council of the Urban Land Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and education organization with the mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI has over 39,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines.
What We Do
ULI Columbus is being increasingly recognized nationally by ULI for playing a pivotal role in convening private and public partners to stimulate dialogue and share knowledge that will have a positive impact on Central Ohio’s growth and development for years to come. In its relatively brief existence of eight years, ULI Columbus has never had a higher profile within Central Ohio than it does now and is serving as a model for other ULI District Councils around the country. Not only does our District Council have more than 260 ULI members, the most of any city in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Western Pennsylvania, but we are also in the midst of the insight2050 initiative, spearheaded by ULI Columbus and resulting in a dynamic collaborative partnership between Columbus 2020, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), and ULI Columbus to better understand the impacts of future land use and development decisions in our region.
ULI Columbus Mission
ULI Columbus exists to create vibrant, sustainable communities where people want to live. This mission is underpinned by the following core values that define the way the organization does things and which are incorporated as a matter of course in all its efforts:
- Openness and Collaboration—bringing together a group of people with a wide range of interests; focusing on inclusivity across disciplines and demographics; and fostering an open exchange of ideas and best practices.
- Development of Agents for Improvement—educating people on emerging land use trends; promoting a “give and get” aspect to involvement in the organization; focusing on education beyond real estate fundamentals or continuing education credits; and being recognized as an authoritative think tank for developing a better community.
- Effectiveness—incorporating practical experience into programming; and providing content, programs, and outreach efforts that are forward thinking and that can have an impact on the community.