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Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Local Team Chosen to Help Address Land Use Challenge in National Fellowship Program


October 29, 2010 --A Houston team led by Mayor Annise Parker has been named as one of four fellowships to discuss land use challenges by The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use through 2011. Parker’s local team will join three others led by the mayors of Charlotte, Detroit and Sacramento.


The Houston 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, Parker and her 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.


“The City of Houston is honored to be selected for the Urban Land Institute’s Rose Fellowship program,” said Parker. “These resources will be very beneficial as we strive to accommodate growth and create a sustainable future for our city while maintaining the integrity of our neighborhoods.”


Parker and her 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 Parker’s 2010-11 ULI Daniel Rose Fellowship team members are as follows:


George Greanias is the President and CEO of Houston METRO. Prior to joining METRO, George served as a partner at CLG, one of America’s leading behavioral management firms. From 1982 through 1987, George was a member of the Houston City Council, representing the more than 270,000 residents of District C. Following his tenure on council, George served as Controller for the City of Houston until 1995.


Andy Icken currently serves as Mayor Parker’s Chief Development Officer for the City of Houston. Prior to his appointment by Mayor Parker, he served as Deputy Director of Public Works & Engineering for the City of Houston – Planning & Development Services Division.


James Noteware is the Director of the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department. In 2003 and 2004, at the request of Mayor Anthony of Washington, DC and with confirmation by the White House, Mr. Noteware led the real estate investment, development and operations of the National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC), a joint venture between the District of Columbia and US Federal governments, to maximize and realize the value of the real estate held by both entities in the Nation’s Capital.


The mission of the ULI Rose Center is to encourage and support excellence in land use decision making. By providing public officials with access to information, best practices, peer networks, and other resources, the Center seeks to foster creative, efficient, practical, and sustainable land use policies. The mayors are selected based on a strong track record of land-use leadership, diversity of city location and market types, and their potential to position their cities on a sustainable path for economic prosperity in the years ahead.


“The slow pace of economic recovery is continuing to take a toll on our nation’s cities. This is undercutting America’s overall economic stability, because the nation’s economy is largely based on the strength of its metropolitan areas,” said ULI Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “ULI looks forward to working with the new class of Rose fellows to help them overcome obstacles posed by the current economic environment, reposition their cities for long-term prosperity, and establish a course for success that can be applied to other cities.”


For more information on the Daniel Rose Fellowship program, visit