Economic Revitalization and Community Planning
CED-Solutions develops and implements comprehensive, results oriented economic revitalization strategies. We analyze the current conditions, evaluate feasibility and funding options and identify the potential benefits of proposed projects to facilitate investment and growth.
Organizational Development and Stakeholder Engagement
Economic and community development is the ultimate team sport – and successful outcomes require strong and well-funded local organizations with the capacity to execute complex initiatives over time. Success also requires communication and coordination between diverse organizations and stakeholder groups. We can help assess and grow the capacity of quasi-public and not-for-profit organizations to drive economic development strategies from inception to implementation.
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development
CED-Solutions helps develop entrepreneurial ecosystems to support and expand communities’ economic vitality. We assist communities in creating critical start-up infrastructure in key areas: facilities, investment capital, mentoring, technology commercialization and marketing.
Real Estate Development Strategy and Implementation
The presence of non-productive real estate assets negatively affects the livability of communities and their development potential, depriving the community and its residents of economic resources to support community services. At the same time, real estate development and revitalization strategies must be based on the market and economic realities affecting the community, consumers and developers.
CED-Solutions will assess current market conditions in light of core economic development principles and best practices in order to propose recommendations that support a community’s objectives.
Regional Collaboration and Business Climate Strategy
We develop regional collaboration strategies that promote cooperation, not competition. Our approach results in increased investment, job creation and retention of existing businesses. We developed and implemented the first St. Louis City/County strategic plan for economic development and led the consolidation of St. Louis City and County economic development functions. Each of the plans and implementation strategies were accomplished with input from a diverse of group of stakeholders, including businesses, non-profits, minority groups and other regional and cross-jurisdictional constituencies.