WHO WE WORK WITH
We have worked in over 200 communities around the nation, in small towns and large cities. In 2018, our projects received Planning Excellence Awards from the International Downtown Association.
Every community has a unique set of physical conditions, resources, and partners whose collective efforts can be harnessed to create healthier business environments.
The SMAR2T™ Approach ensures communities are utilizing existing assets when planning for the future.
Assess the physical and business environment, and collect demographic and market data
Define your community’s “DNA”, the resources, assets, and characteristics that make it special
Improve the mix of businesses through business retention and attraction.
Drive sustainability of local businesses through marketing and promotion efforts.
A blueprint for action with actionable, market-based strategies will guide communities to achieving successful commercial revitalization
Improve the public realm, build density, and enhance privately-owned properties.
In order to more effectively allocate funding and resources towards the goals of catalyzing investment, communities must first diagnose local opportunities and challenges in the physical environment, business environment, and market conditions.
Identify the organizations, people, and resources who can execute strategies. Consider the role of the existing regulatory and municipal permitting processes in supporting business growth.
The best planning efforts are meaningless without the capacity to execute and a regulatory and policy framework that enables action. Qualified staff, organizational support, and adaptive regulatory frameworks are a necessary component of a successful commercial district strategy.