WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) today announced that mayors from four cities — Anchorage, Alaska; Grand Rapids, Michigan; San José, California and Washington, D.C. — have been selected as the 2017 class of Daniel Rose Fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use. Mayors Ethan Berkowitz, Rosalynn Bliss, Sam Liccardo and Muriel Bowser will lead teams from their respective cities who will receive technical assistance on a local land use challenge from NLC, ULI and their peers from the other fellowship cities. The four city teams will convene this week for a retreat at NLC's City Summit in Pittsburgh.
"The 2017 Rose Fellows are dedicated to solving land use challenges in their cities," said NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. "Through collaboration, sharing best practices and innovative thinking, these projects will serve as models for how cities can learn from each other to make urban spaces a healthy, sustainable and vibrant part of our communities." "The Rose Center Fellowship program has a consistent track record of mayoral teams effectively working together to help solve the land use challenges of our nation's leading metropolitan areas," said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. "Cities are the heart of our country's economy, serving as hubs for human capital and innovation. We are excited to partner with NLC and the new class of Rose fellows to highlight creative approaches and solutions that other communities can replicate to become more healthy, prosperous, and sustainable." The Rose Center's mission is to encourage and support excellence in land use decision making by providing public officials with access to information, best practices, peer networks and other resources to foster creative, efficient, practical and sustainable land use policies. Established at ULI in 2008 with a $5 million gift by ULI Foundation Governor Daniel Rose, the Rose family and ULI in 2014 formed a strategic partnership with NLC to bring that organization's robust expertise in local government leadership to bear on the Rose Center's programs. Now in its eighth year, the Rose Fellowship begins with the selection of four city mayors, each of whom chooses three additional fellows (city department leaders or public agency directors with land use decision-making authority) and a project manager to serve as their city's fellowship team. The program of work includes working retreats at the NLC City Summit at the beginning and end of the program year and ULI Spring Meeting at its mid-point, a study tour of another U.S. or foreign city, and study visits to each of the four fellowship cities.