Several District Councils have established Centers for Regional Leadership. While each center has its own unique characteristics, the overall purpose of the centers is to foster development of a regional dialogue about land use issues among a multidisciplinary set of stakeholders that is based on respect for different perspectives and a shared understanding of the implications of land use and infrastructure on the region’s quality of life and economic competitiveness. Chosen through a competitive application process, approximately 30 mid-level professionals attend monthly daylong classes over a nine-month period that involve a mix of lectures, mobile tours, and other experiences. At the end of the year, the class members apply what they learned by participating in pro-bono Technical Assistance Panels. Over time, the District Council builds a network of alumni who understand and help advance the ULI mission.