What We Do

How to Work with Us

We’re designed to meet communities where they are and help them get to where they are trying to go. To do so, we provide the Tools & Insights—webinars, research, technical resources, and stories—that arm them with the information and inspiration they need to guide their community forward. If communities need greater support, our Training & Assistance programs help them come together to tackle key challenges and opportunities, while developing the strategies that create meaningful on-the-ground progress. We further engage with partners by providing contract services for projects that are aligned with our approach and advance our mission.

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Training & Assistance

One-on-one support for communities.

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Tools & Insights

For everyone working in community development.

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Contract Services

Support for projects that are aligned with our approach and advance our mission.

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Our Expertise

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 and Storytelling

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.

Victor, Idaho

Activating Downtown Victor- A Strategic Plan

Durango, Colorado

Streetscape Improvements on North Main Ave.

Salida, Colorado

Re-Visioning Highway 50/ Rainbow Boulevard

Grand Junction, Colorado

Creating Vibrancy Through Connectivity, Placemaking, and Development

Eagle, Colorado

Connecting the Heart of Eagle to the Soul of the River

Fraser, Colorado

Improving Safety and Multimodal Function of US Highway 40

Central City, Colorado

Downtown Connectivity and Circulation in Central City

Laramie, Wyoming 2016

An Action Plan for Enhancing 3rd Street by 2020

Hailey, Idaho

Activating Hailey Through Placemaking and Street Design

Butte, Montana

Investment in Historic Uptown Butte

Anaconda, Montana

From One-Way Couplet to Downtown Placemaking

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Increasing Community Connectivity in Bonners Ferry’s South Hill Neighborhood

Cascade, Idaho

An Action Plan for Safer Biking and Walking

East Missoula, Montana

Creating a Safer, More Inviting Highway 200 Corridor in East Missoula

Russell Street, Missoula

Activating Russell Street for Pedestrian Mobility

Brooks Street, Missoula

Midtown in Focus: Innovative Land Use Planning in a Transit Corridor