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Downtown Hopewell Space Feasibility Study (2017)

Hopewell Downtown Partnership
Studied the community demand for potential uses of a 14,000-square-foot building, located in Downtown Hopewell. The study looked at successful kitchen incubators andmakerspace facilities in other states, conducting a business survey, and presenting a cash flow analysis of five scenarios for potential uses of the space.

Addressing the Impact of Housing for Virginia's Economy (with Virginia Tech Housing Research Center and other partners)

Commonwealth of Virginia/Virginia Housing Development Authority
Comprehensive analysis of the impact of housing on the economy of Virginia, analysis of revitalization needs and potential.
Please visit Virginia Tech Housing Research Center's website for the appendices. 


Captain Sinclair's Recreation Area Plan (2015)

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission and Virginia Sea Grant
Conducted with the help of five VCU graduate classes in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, recommends environmentally sensitive reuse options and an overall community development strategy for a suite of waterfront properties on the Middle Peninsula.


Culpeper Downtown Market Assessment and Enhancement Strategies (2015)

Culpeper Renaissance Inc.
Competitive market analysis and identification of Downtown new business development opportunities. Also, analysis of how other Main Street communities have addressed these issues: developing dedicated space and services for start-up businesses; attracting more customers by extending shop hours; increasing the downtown’s capture rate of regional tourists; expanding the district physically; increasing ground-floor space devoted to retail and restaurants.


Housing the Richmond Region: Needs, Impediments, Strategies (2015)

Partnership for Housing Affordability
Conducted with the Virginia Tech Housing Center, assesses current housing needs in the Richmond Region, identifies impediments to overcoming the affordability problem and makes recommendations for attaining an adequate supply of quality housing for all incomes and circumstances.


An Accelerant Model of Community Revitalization (2014)

Virginia Community Capital
Assessment of VCC’s efforts in three rural Virginia communities (Floyd, Glade Springand Onancock) and, based in part on the result of that assessment, recommendations for an “accelerant model” to guide VCC’s strategic investment initiatives.


Opportunita’ di rilancio economico per Giampilieri Superiore (2011)

Opportunities to Revitalize Upper Giampilieri, Sicily (with Elena Girasella and Michele Limosani, 2011)
Post-disaster economic revitalization plan for Giampilieri, a small village outside the City of Messina, Sicily. In 2009, a mudslide hit the urban core of the village killing more than 30 people. In addition to the existing studies and efforts focusing on physical reconstruction, this plan looked at the main economic and commercial functions of the village before and after the disaster, identifying strategies and measures to revitalize the area and restore its micro-economic role within the region.


A Regional Reset: Building upon GRP’s Strengths to Enhance Economic Development (2010)

Greater Richmond Partnership
Analysis of best practice cases in regional economic development organizations throughout the United States in the following areas: organization and regional cooperation, recruitment, retention and expansion, workforce/talent development, small-business development and entrepreneurship assistance, comprehensive sector- or cluster-based strategies.

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