Historic Gas Plant District RFP
The City of St. Pete is releasing an RFP for the development of the Historic Gas Plant site currently home to Tropicana Field.
One of the questions asked most often by ULI NEXT members is, “How can I be selected to join a product council?”
For those unfamiliar with product councils, ULI Americas has 68 Product councils focused on 33 areas of activity in development products and processes such as affordable housing, small-scale development, and urban revitalization, among others. Councils typically have about 55 members and meet twice a year—for a full day during the ULI Fall and Spring Meetings—although some councils will hold additional virtual meetings in between or take property tours for a half day in advance of the official full fall and spring Council Day at the meetings.
During council meetings, members share best practices, discuss topics relevant to their product type or market, and hear from thought leaders in the industry. Many ULI members consider product councils the most valuable part of their ULI involvement! Given the many benefits of being part of a product council, it is clear why questions about the membership selection process come up often.
After an interview with Andrea Schell, director of the ULI Product Councils program, the Americas NEXT communications and marketing subcommittee identified the following tips for joining a product council.
Reach out to ULI staff. Although council membership is determined 100 percent by council leadership teams and ULI staff cannot influence member selection, ULI staff is an excellent resource for product council placement. Andrea Schell, as director of the ULI Product Councils program, is a resource for ULI NEXT members.