Inclusivity Leadership Initiative

- Develop greater District Council leadership capacity within the public sector;
- Address the key issues cities in South Carolina are grappling with today;
- Bring national expertise to examine how other second and third tier cities have dealt with growth related challenges including density and transit; and
- Expose participants to communities and leaders who are engaged in promoting the connection between public health and economic success through the built environment.

Inclusivity Leadership Initiative

South Carolina is at a crossroads.  Statewide population growth outpaces the US and the Southeast.  Coastal metro areas are among the fastest growing communities on the Atlantic Coast.  While the growth affords great opportunities including an expanding economy, increased employment options and a thriving real estate market, if not managed well, growth can also lead to quality of life and infrastructure issues.  Several cities across the state are struggling with dissent from the vocal minority representing advocacy groups.  At present, many of our elected officials and policy makers are not equipped with knowledge and the tools to make informed and sound decisions.   To achieve a prosperous and healthy future, ULI can play a critical role in providing leadership to the public sector.

Building on the success of the ULI South Carolina Center for Sustainable Leadership, which sought to connect decision makers from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to create a shared vision for the state, the Inclusivity Leadership Initiative will focus on educating elected and appointed officials, policy makers and public officials.  The forum will provide participants with the tools and research they need to make informed decisions for long term continued success.   This will be realized through a series of regional workshops over a two-year period.


  • Emphasize the link between healthy communities and economic prosperity;
  • Increase leadership opportunities and engagement for the public sector thereby also increasing female and minority engagement;
  • Disseminate best practice case studies for resilient coastal development strategies, (re)development opportunities for aging suburbs, urban infill strategies, policy and transit oriented development opportunities;
  • Develop a curriculum that speaks to specific statewide, regional and urban needs; and
  • Re-engage alumni from the Center for Sustainable Leadership in a meaningful way as workshop facilitators and mentors.