William (Bill) Hudnut, III

William "Bill" Hudnut

Bill Hudnut Consultants, LLC
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Former four-term Mayor of Indianapolis and Congressman, author, public speaker, and clergyman, Bill Hudnut is the former Urban Land Institute/Joseph C. Canizaro Fellow for Public Policy and principal of Bill Hudnut Consultants, LLC.

During his sixteen-year tenure as Mayor of Indianapolis, 1976-1991, Hudnut’s stated goal was to build a “cooperative, compassionate and competitive” city. He established “a national reputation for revitalizing his Midwestern city,” (Washington Post) and came to be regarded as “an entrepreneurial leader willing to take prudent risks” (Toledo Blade). He spearheaded the formation of a public-private sector partnership that led to Indianapolis’ emergence during the 1980s as a major American city. A past president of the National League of Cities and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Hudnut helped Indianapolis record spectacular growth during his sixteen years in office.

Hudnut sponsored seventeen bills that became public law as a Congressman. He also served as Mayor of Chevy Chase, MD and is a member of the Board of the National League of Cities. He was a member of the Millennial Housing Commission appointed by Congress during 2001-2002. Prior to his entry into public life, as a clergyman he served churches in Buffalo, NY, Annapolis, MD, and Indianapolis, IN. After stepping down as Mayor, Hudnut held posts at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Hudson Institute in Indianapolis, and the Civic Federation in Chicago, before assuming his current position with ULI in 1996.

Hudnut is the author of Cities on the Rebound (1998) and Halfway to Everywhere (2003). Hudnut is the recipient of many awards, including Princeton University’s highest alumni honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award for public service (1986); City and State magazine’s “Nation’s Outstanding Mayor of 1988″; the Rosa Parks Award from the American Association for Affirmative Action in 1992; and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (1985).