Our Work

How to Work with Us

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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

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

How We Work

We work one-on-one with communities through Training and Assistance, while providing Tools and Insights to anyone working in community development. We also perform contract work for partners that are aligned with our approach and advance our mission.

Training

Our community and leadership trainings develop the knowledge, competence, and abilities needed to create more livable places. We use a variety of training models, from single-day workshops and multi-day team trainings to multi-week leadership seminars. [State who] apply to attend our regional trainings that include the Colorado Downtown Streets Workshop, Building Better Places Training, and Community Builders Housing Institute.

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Assistance

Technical assistance is the most direct way we create on-the-ground change. We work hand-in-hand with local partners to help residents come together to identify, design, and implement the projects, programs, and policies they need to shape the best future for their community. Local governments and (who else) are invited to apply for technical assistance. Past projects include the One Valley Prosperity Project in Colorado’s Gunnison Valley, Strong at Heart in Taos, New Mexico, and increasing community connectivity in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

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Tools

Through our own research, we provide local leaders the tools they need to help them design and implement workable solutions for their communities. From our Place Value Report to our Zoning Toolkit, these tools inform the decisions and investments needed to shape more livable communities.

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Insights

We help communities make sense of the trends and issues they face by sharing impactful ideas and stories that engage, inform, and inspire the many people working to shape more livable places—not only in the American West, but around the world. This includes a breadth of webinars, stories, interviews, blogs, and more.

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Our Expertise

We integrate technical know-how with creative facilitation and engagement methods to support local leaders in building more livable communities. Our comprehensive collection of services are available for contract work with partners that are aligned with our approach and advance our mission.

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.