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WASHINGTON (October 6, 2009) - The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use has named Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and three other outstanding local community leaders to serve in fellowships for the Center through 2010. Rybak's local team will join three others led by the mayors of Nashville, Philadelphia and Phoenix. The purpose of the fellowship program is to provide city leaders with the insights, peer-to-peer learning, and analysis they need to successfully build and sustain their cities.

Rybak and his team will offer guidance to ULI in the development of products, programs and services that cover a broad spectrum of work incorporating three over-arching themes: real estate finance and development; the interdependencies and respective roles of the public and private sectors; and the role and importance of the public realm in creating viable, thriving communities.

"Mayor Rybak has led Minneapolis through several successful revitalization projects during his time in office," said ULI Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. "We anticipate that he and his team will use their year in the Daniel Rose Fellowship to continue this impressive trajectory of improved land use decision-making."

"We are thrilled to be part of the inaugural ULI Daniel Rose Fellowship program and look forward to tapping into ULI's amazing team of experts as well as the knowledge of our peers in other cities to help us tackle our local land use challenges to help make Minneapolis even better," said Rybak.

The Minneapolis team will work with the other selected mayors and their respective teams to address the most challenging land use issues facing their communities. Over the upcoming year, Rybak and his team will work with leading experts in the real estate development, finance, and land use fields with the intention of tackling complex land use issues facing each community.

Rybak's 2009-10 ULI Daniel Rose Fellowship team members are as follows:

Barbara Sporlein is currently the Director of Planning for the City of Minneapolis. She joined the Planning Division of the Minneapolis Department of Planning and Economic Development in 2004. Sporlein has served as the Deputy Director of the St. Paul Public Housing Agency and as a City Planner for the City of St. Paul, among other positions.

Gary Schiff was first elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 2001. Schiff is currently a board member of the Twin Cities Family Housing Fund and a member of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Housing Finance Board.

Steve Kotke serves as the Director of Public Works and City Engineer for the City of Minneapolis. Prior to his twenty years working for the City, Kotke worked as a consulting engineer in the private sector.

The Daniel Rose Fellowship is the flagship program of the ULI Daniel Rose Center, established in 2008 by the ULI Foundation Governor Daniel Rose. The Center aims to empower leaders in the public sector to envision, build and sustain successful 21st century communities by providing access to information, best practices, peer networks and other resources to foster creative, efficient and sustainable land use practices.

According to Rose, the Center is unique in how it facilitates collaboration among leaders in land use "by bringing competent, honorable and knowledgeable" participants together from the public and private sector. Leaders explore community and development issues, while discussing solutions to regional land use problems. "Each has much to learn from the other. The more knowledgeable and better trained people are on both sides of the table, the more effective they (the working relationships) are. The most successful projects invariably reflect those relationships," he said.

The 2009-10 Daniel Rose Fellows will serve as the inaugural class, with each fellowship class serving a one-year term. The selection of fellows begins with the nomination of four city mayors. Each mayor then nominates three additional fellows to serve on their city's fellowship team. The mayors' team members are chosen from many fields including: city department heads, city managers, deputy mayors, chief executives of quasi-governmental agencies, executive directors of not-for-profit institutions, senior decision-makers at universities or other institutions with significant land use impacts, and leaders of appointed planning commissions.

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute ( is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 34,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

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