The ULI Urban Investment Network (UIN) is an independent European network designed to promote and encourage world class investment in urban development. The initiative was developed by the Urban Land Institute in collaboration with leading cities, European Institutions and private sector organisations, including the cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Edinburgh; Allianz Real Estate, ECE Projektmanagement and Corio NV; and supported by the OECD LEED Programme. It is an open network that continuously recruits new members and partners.
The Network creates a continuous dialogue between public and private sector leaders who are seeking to improve their ability to collaborate on urban investment. Its premise is that public-private relationships with a high level of collaborative working provide ample opportunities to bridge investment gaps and overcome city development challenges.
Since 2009, the focus of the network has been on the following:
- Analysis: what is the investment gap in Europe’s cities and how can it be bridged?
- Strategies: which approaches will work well in the next investment cycle?
- Tools and Catalysts: which instruments work best?
- Relationship Building: how can cities and investors choose each other?
Why Is the ULI Urban Investment Network needed?
Effective collaboration is essential if Europe is to meet the challenges of the 21st century: being globally competitive in a knowledge-led economy, reducing carbon emissions and making the most effective use of land for urban development. The ‘investment gap’ encompasses more than capital; opportunities also exist to improve knowledge and skills, institutional frameworks and techniques for collaborative working amongst Europe’s cities.
Who is engaged with the ULI Urban Investment Network?
- City and metropolitan leaders and development executives.
- Specialised urban, property and infrastructure fund-managers or financiers..
- European financial institutions and National development bodies..
- Corporate and institutional investors, developers and advisors.
What does the ULI Urban Investment Network produce?
Partners of the Network meet regularly to develop trusted relationships that deliver a high level of knowledge exchange. A series of workshops, leadership forums and a Summit take place annually to facilitate conversations and build working partnerships between cities and private sector organisations. In addition, the Network produces publications on topical issues.
To learn more, visit the Urban Investment Network web site.