Economic and community development succeeds at the interface of people, place, and prosperity. Yet effective integration of these elements remains an exception to the norm.  We address that gap.  

We provide expertise, tools, and capacity-building that help organizations achieve, assess, and communicate people, place, and prosperity benefits.  

We work with organizations that approve, fund, or engage in economic and community development – including government agencies, developers, banks, foundations and community groups.  Scroll down to learn more about the concept and how we help.

People, place, and prosperity are interconnected and each must be addressed for development to succeed.

People

People are at the heart of economic and community development. They provide the talent and labor that enables economies to thrive. They also are the beneficiaries of increased prosperity and the primary reason we engage in development efforts. 

 

Place

We live in a globally connected world, yet development happens in the context of place. Placemaking is important for attracting workers and visitors to an economy, and stewardship of place is important for maintaining the resource base upon which life and economies depend. 

Prosperity 

Businesses and communities don’t endure without a positive financial bottom line. New accounting metrics provide a more complete picture of investment value and ensure that business and community ledgers are balanced in the short term and the long term.

People, place, and prosperity are both the ingredients and outcomes of successful development.  Also referred to as the triple bottom line (TBL) or sustainability, this topic is increasingly relevant in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. 

We help organizations integrate people, place, and prosperity into their development strategies, programs, and metrics. Our services add value across the development process – whether an organization is looking to achieve stronger results, improve decision-making, distinguish themselves from competitors, communicate with stakeholders, or align investments with priorities.

Specific ways we can help include the following ...

Strategy & Planning

Create or improve economic and community development strategies and plans.
 

Program design 

Configure programs, projects, policies, and plans for alignment with triple bottom line goals and identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and priorities.

 

Project Management

Bring visions to action and deliver results by setting clear priorities and efficiently managing resources.

 

Metrics

Define meaningful and manageable metrics to document and share results.

 

Research & Insight

Inform insight and action with research that asks the right questions, gets the right information, and makes sense of findings.

 

Engagement & Collaboration

Broaden impact by working with diverse stakeholders to cultivate insights and partnerships that truly are greater than the sum of their parts.

Bids & Incentives

Ensure bid or incentive processes support triple-bottom-line objectives.
 

Education & Training

Build understanding, buy-in, or capacity regarding the topic of people, place and prosperity development.


 

Outreach & Communication

Effectively reach diverse audiences with clear and persuasive communications and presentations regarding triple-bottom-line development.

 

Learn about who we are and past projects.