CD Advisor


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SMAR2T™ approach

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.

MARKET ANALYSIS

Assess the physical and business environment, and collect demographic and market data

STRATEGIC POSITION

Define your community’s “DNA”, the resources, assets, and characteristics that make it special

TENANT MIX

Improve the mix of businesses through business retention and attraction.

RETAIL SALES

Drive sustainability of local businesses through marketing and promotion efforts.

REDEVELOPMENT

Improve the public realm, build density, and enhance privately-owned properties

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY

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.

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY

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.

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Diagnose

LOA gets on the ground to conduct site visits and stakeholder outreach to better understand the existing physical and business environments. This work is followed by a commercial market scan that balances both qualitative and quantitative data points, and includes a deep dive into trade area analysis, demographic trends, and retail market analysis.

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Capacity

Through a review of existing municipal plans and zoning ordinances, and interviews with local community leaders and merchants, LOA considers the role of regulatory and municipal permitting processes in supporting business growth, as well as the degree to which public and private sector partnership are able to play a role in funding or ensuring adequate capacity to support implementation.

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Action

Based on the findings of the diagnostic, LOA develops recommendations including capital investment and policy strategies that aim to enhance the local business environment in support of both the expansion of existing businesses and the recruitment of new businesses.