Pro Bono TAP
The Lewis Group of Companies is sponsoring this year’s Young Leaders Pro Bono Technical Assistance Panel (TAP).
Andrew Watkins, SWA Group and Brian Moncrief, Kosmont Companies, co-chairs of the TAP, have selected ShareKitchen.
ShareKitchen, a non-profit business incubator located in Cathedral City, Calif., has requested assistance in developing a comprehensive plan for a Food Innovation Center in Riverside. This facility will serve as a large scale business incubation and economic accelerator, providing business and technological expertise to food companies in the Inland Empire. This project requires expertise in site acquisition, land planning, architectural design, development and financing.
TAP Panelists will be announced.
ULI has been providing advisory services since 1947, so our members know this process well, and it works! Unlike the TAPs that the District Council conducts for public agencies, where a fee is paid to cover the administrative costs of the TAP, the YLG TAP is for charitable organizations and the administrative services are provided pro bono by the District Council.
In 2007, the ULI Orange County/Inland Empire Young Leaders Group organized the first-ever Pro Bono TAP comprised of members under 35, who collectively had varied and broad experience and knowledge applicable to a particular challenging land use issue. The Pro Bono TAP was born out of our members’ desire to get the ULI more involved in charitable organizations. The first Pro Bono TAP was conducted for the Advocates for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (AADD). AADD was looking for help with finding alternative solutions to the City of Irvine’s affordable housing deficiency for the developmentally disabled.
Over the past six years, the YLG Committee has conducted six Pro Bono TAPs for organizations. Other organizations receiving these pro bono advisory services include United Cerebral Palsy, the Green Works Urban Academy, the Orange County Children’s Theatrical ARTS Center, Guide Dogs of the Desert, the Orange County Rescue Mission and Habitat for Humanity.
In 2011, the ULI Foundation supported the Guide Dogs of the Desert Pro Bono TAP with a grant. See the story about GDD featured in the March/April 2012 Urban Land magazine on the “Back Page.”