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Our Projects

 

Sustainable Planning

 

Local Government Strategy in South East Europe

The Project required assisting with surveying Local Economic Development strategies for 12 countries within South East Europe; preparing strategies to advance Local Government Digitization and analyzing regulatory decentralization policies.

Local Economic Development Strategy

Established a comprehensive economic development strategy for the City of Gahanna, which has led to 2,700 jobs, $135 Million in capital investment, 282 business surveys and the construction of over 668,404 square feet of new commercial facilities.

 Land Use Planning

Managed the public engagement, technical development and legislative approval of multiple land use plans that resulted in environmentally sustainable urban planning solutions.

Investment Promotion

 

Tanzania Municipal Investment Promotion Strategy

Upgraded Investment Promotion Strategies for 6 local governments by partnering with a Tanzanian consulting firm, applying international investment standards, targeting policy improvements and interfacing with local government staff.

Chinese Foreign Direct Investment Plan

Participated in three trade delegations to 12 cities within China in order to encourage business executives from multiple companies within the automotive, advanced manufacturing, medical technology, e-commerce and logistics industries to make significant investments in Central Ohio.

Subnational Government Relationship Building

Participated in three trade delegations to 12 cities within China in order to encourage business executives from multiple companies within the automotive, advanced manufacturing, medical technology, e-commerce and logistics industries to make significant investments in Central Ohio.

Private Sector Engagement

Financial Incentive Strategies

 

Capacity Building

 

Regulatory Oversight

 

Tax Incentive Research

Led a 2-month project that analyzed 673 tax abatement agreements to determine the average municipal return on investment by industry type and geographical region for communities within the state of Ohio.

Open Data Strategy

Chaired a regional task to create this Open Data Strategy.  It required extensive deliberation between public, private, non-profit and higher education stakeholders to determine the needs of the community.  It established a regional governance strategy that creates best practices in data storage, collection and dissemination.

Municipal ICT Strategy

Created a public-private partnership to monetize public assets through public land leases, fiber optics and cellular assets.  This partnership helped to establish a telecommunication system that serves businesses and residents.

Regional Policy Development

Appointed to a regional committee of local government stakeholders that establishes the legislative priorities for Central Ohio.  These community priorities are in the areas of transportation, regionalism, sustainability and digital infrastructure.

Municipal Zoning Code Modifications

Partnered with private sector and community stakeholders to review and modify 139 zoning regulations that were determined to be overly burdensome and discouraging to private investment.

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Permit Improvement Project

Led a Project Team consisting of a consultant, local government permit staff and construction industry volunteers that resulted in a 30% reduction in the time required to successfully complete a commercial permit approval.

Chamber of Commerce Development

Led a 6-week project that created a Membership Management Strategy for 3 Chapters of the Tanzanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.  It required 12 facilitated meetings and 3 training sessions and resulted in a comprehensive organizational strategy that addressed communication, event planning, social media, women and youth programming and fundraising activities. 

Private Sector Engagement

Led a 4-year project to create and implement a program to proactively engage SMEs, encourage investment opportunities, assist with regulatory approvals and provide business development services.  The results include 282 SMEs visited, 14 capital investment projects, $62 million invested and 1,822 jobs created/retained.