Technical Assistance Programs
Since 1947, the Advisory Services Program has been assisting communities by bringing together real estate, planning, and development experts to provide unbiased, pragmatic advice for addressing complex land use planning and development issues. ULI Northwest has helped government entities to address land use challenges and has provided tangible solutions with comprehensive reports detailing the Panel’s recommendations and analysis.
How does the TAP program work?
Hosts (typically a municipality or non-profit organization) request TAP services on a specific issue that can be addressed by a panel of experts in one or two days. ULI Northwest assists the Host organization in refining the scope of the assignment and convenes a panel of eight to ten ULI members with expertise and knowledge in the subject areas being addressed. The sponsor provides background information to ULI panelists prior to the panel convening. The TAP panel will then visit the subject site, hear from public and private stakeholders, and deliberate on the assigned questions. At the conclusion of the panel’s work, a report and PowerPoint are presented to stakeholders the same day, followed by a comprehensive, professionally printed written report.
A $22,000 fee is charged for the advisory service. Panelists are ULI members who volunteer for the TAP as part of their commitment to ULI’s broader mission. To ensure objectivity, panel members cannot be involved in matters pending before the Host organization, and cannot solicit work from the sponsor for one year following the panel.