Our Work

Our Expertise

We integrate technical know-how with creative facilitation and engagement methods to offer a comprehensive collection of services that help local leaders build more livable communities.

Planning & Design

Critical components of livable communities include housing stock that is diverse and affordable, mobility options that work for everyone, great jobs, and an authentic sense of place. From planning to strategy development, we help communities address issues around placemaking, housing, redevelopment, comprehensive and neighborhood planning, and economic development.

Implementation

We have an implementation bias. This can occur quickly through low-cost placemaking projects, although prolonged strategies are often required. We work to establish the partnerships, funding structures, and capital investments that bring a project to fruition. We also provide policy recommendations that will enable broader progress. With each endeavor, we pursue results and meaningful on-the-ground change.

Research & Analysis

Data needs to be gathered and understood before it can be used as a tool to address the challenges and opportunities within a community. We help local leaders discern the details so they can identify their assets and build on them. We further support them in communicating their findings, creating a shared conversation with the community. We accomplish this through market and economic analysis, monitoring, evaluation, and investigating best practices and policy reform.

Building Civic Health

Too often, the decisions that impact an entire community are made by a handful of people. This is poor civic health. We believe that every member of a community is capable of understanding the issues and giving voice to affect a better outcome. Effective civic engagement meets people where they are—empowering them to take part in their community. To accomplish this, we provide process design, engagement strategies, visioning, partnership development, and facilitation.

Communication

We believe in the power of story and its ability to drive meaningful change. Throughout our work, we’ve accumulated stories of success—along with lessons learned. We use these insights to engage and inspire audiences through public speaking, digital media production, and social media outreach.

Capacity Building

Building the capacity of local leaders is an essential component in creating healthy, equitable, and prosperous places. When people have the relevant tools and insights, they’re equipped to create a substantial impact. We provide training, workshops, webinars, and leadership development to empower those working to drive lasting change within their communities.

Our Work

We work throughout the American West in all kinds of communities—from small towns to growing cities in Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Every project is grounded in strong local partnerships and engaging the entire community in an effort to create healthy, equitable, and prosperous places.

Eagle, Colorado

Connecting the Heart of Eagle to the Soul of the River

Fraser, Colorado

Improving Safety and Multimodal Function of US Highway 40

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Increasing Community Connectivity in Bonners Ferry’s South Hill Neighborhood