The Center was founded in 2009 with the goal of furthering ULI’s efforts to inform, educate, explore issues, advance policies, create knowledge, and foster communication and networking as they relate to capital markets and real estate. The Center is guided by a mission statement, a statement of goals and objectives, an advisory board, an annual budget, and a five-year plan. The Center is engaged in addressing a range of topics including economic and investment trends, real estate capital flows, market forces affecting various property sectors, metro-area real estate market performance, and financial policy issues. The work ranges across the globe, including the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region, and involves research, publications, and events.
In addition to the projects and programs outlined on this website, ensuring that capital market and finance concepts are well represented in ULI programs broadly and generally is a key goal of the Center. Finance and capital market topics are relevant across nearly every aspect of ULI activities, and the Center is especially well positioned to take the lead in fostering and/or organizing this programming. Successful capital market programs will ensure that the highest-level players in the real estate industry are attracted to and active in ULI, and will also result in increased member engagement on capital markets issues throughout all levels of the organization.
The Center convenes its advisory board twice a year to explore new ideas and provide strategic input on the program of work, but also welcomes input and suggestions from members and partner organizations. The Center is also engaging in the development and implementation of a multiyear strategic development plan in coordination with the ULI Foundation and Development team to support the work and ongoing financial sustainability of the Center.