Jim Cloar, a nationally recognized expert on downtowns with more than 40 years of experience as an urban planner and downtown manager, has been appointed as Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Tampa Bay District Council.
A former President of the Tampa Downtown Partnership (1992-2001), Cloar is a national-level consultant on downtown management, serving on the Board of Directors of the International Downtown Association for over 20 years. He has served on nine ULI Advisory Panels around the country in his 35 years as a ULI member, and is also a Penn Institute for Urban Research Scholar.
The ULI mission is brought to life in local communities through the work of the organization’s District Councils, which provide industry expertise to community leaders while focusing on building healthy, sustainable communities. This work includes hosting ULI advisory panels and holding conferences and forums, all designed to share best practices.
Cloar succeeds outgoing chair Scott Steady of the Burr & Forman law firm, who has led the Tampa Bay District Council for two years. During this time, the District Council hosted advisory panels on downtown Clearwater, the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, Pasco County, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island, while growing to its current roster of approximately 300 members.
“Our District Council plays a significant role as Tampa Bay looks to grow in a way that facilitates an excellent quality of life,” Cloar said. “I am pleased to follow the outstanding work done by Scott Steady, and look forward to helping ULI as we continue to look to make a positive impact on the community.”
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (http://www.uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. The ULI Tampa Bay District Council sponsors educational forums and events such as trends conferences, transportation and housing programs, and project tours.