UrbanPlan Volunteer Training
Check out what your colleagues say…
The UrbanPlan training is absolutely the best training of any kind, that I have ever attended! The session is fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable. The Training materials are very well put together, succinctly capturing the complexities of the problem and process.
-Tim Pattison, Director of Real Estate, Partners HealthCare, Boston, MA
What is UrbanPlan?
Developed by the Urban Land Institute, UrbanPlan workshops are hands-on, interactive planning simulations in which participants work as competing development teams to respond to a hypothetical request for proposal (RFP) for the redevelopment of a neighborhood in the fictitious City of Yorktown. Teams work together with Legos, a map, and a financial analysis tool to create a feasible proposal with a completed site plan that meets the RFPs objectives, community interests and investors’ bottom line.
This interactive real estate development simulation provides participants with a realistic experience in developing land use solutions to vexing urban growth challenges.
What Can I Expect?
With the help of trained volunteers like you, ULI Triangle will deliver UrbanPlan workshops to audiences of neighborhood leaders, public officials and community champions. Volunteers are a critical part of the process to help bring a greater sense of realism to the simulation.
There are three volunteer roles (with varying time commitments):
- Team Advisors: Work with the participants throughout the workshop by guiding them, advising them and helping them translate their decisions not the template spreadsheet on a laptop (appx 6-7 hours per workshop).
- Facilitators: Visit with the participants twice during the program for one hour each workshop asking challenging questions using the Socratic method to help them think through their decisions (appx 2 hours per workshop).
- City Council Members: Join the program at the end of the day, role-playing as a city council member and jury for the participants’ project proposals. The committee listens to the final presentations, ask questions, selects the best team response to the RFP, and provides feedback for their selection (appx 2 hours per workshop).
All volunteers must attend an UrbanPlan Volunteer Training session before serving in any of these valued roles. Our next training is scheduled for November 2, 2018 from 9:00am – 4:00pm at Kimley-Horn located at One Bank of America Plaza, 421 Fayetteville St., Ste. 600, Raleigh, NC 27601. Lunch will be provided.
In order to be a volunteer, we ask that you have:
- At least 3-5 years of professional experience in real estate and land use;
- Able to participate in future workshops; and
- Patience and communication skills to work with the participants to understand the process of putting together a real estate development proposal for a city.
To become a volunteer and participate in the training, or have questions, email Erica Leatham at eleatham@MIHomes.com, or Theresa.Salmen@uli.org. Please respond by October 25, so we can provide you additional training details and materials.