Developing the Los Angeles Economic Development Department for Los Angeles
Photo Courtesy of Peretz Partensky, CA

HR&A has over three decades of experience developing visionary solutions to revitalize downtowns, neighborhoods, districts, cities and regions into job-producing, community-strengthening assets.

We work with our public sector clients and engage public, private and institutional stakeholders to produce a long-term vision for economic development. We create strategies for growth with concrete, measurable economic, physical, and job creation goals.

HR&A supports recommendations with in-depth quantitative economic analysis.

We understand that many complex elements affect economic development, whether at the scale of a site or a region. Our analytics, studies and implementation plans provide an objective fact base from which to make decisions.

We develop an economic framework to inform strategic decisions.

We examine, separately and together, all components of economic development including repositioning and redeveloping transportation infrastructure (including transit hubs and transit corridors), historic buildings, public open space, military bases, disused industrial centers and highway or rail infrastructure; shifting public policy; and supporting catalytic development projects. We quantify the potential benefits – one time and recurring — of proposed real estate development, infrastructure and public policy changes, which helps lead to successful implementation.

HR&A creates vibrant retail corridors to serve as magnets for activation to support new development.

Retail development and revitalization strategies must be based on market and economic realities of the consumers, tenants and developers. We develop tenanting plans and identify cultural uses and integrate open space opportunities to brand districts and create a sense of place. In addition, we assist in the implementation process, through marketing and outreach efforts that communicate project benefits.

HR&A strengthens the capacity of quasi-public and not-for-profit organizations to steward economic development from inception to implementation.

Realizing a vision for economic development for a neighborhood, district, downtown or region often requires a long-term commitment from an organization charged with executing priority initiatives. We produce implementation plans that help our clients create new governance entities, forge new partnerships, and focus the responsibilities of existing organizations in support of economic development.


  • The Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in 2007 recognized Daniel Island, a redevelopment project in Charleston Harbor that HR&A saw through from its initial planning phases through the first phase of development implementation – including founding the Daniel Island Development Corporation.
  • HR&A and the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) were awarded the 2009 International Economic Development Council Partnership Award for a Public-Private Partnership in a city with a population of more than 200,000 persons, in recognition of the creation of 3CDC.
  • The International Economic Development Council awarded HR&A the 2010 Neighborhood Development prize for the firm’s contributions to the transformation of the High Line.
  • The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Framework Plan, managed by HR&A on behalf of the Washington D.C. Office of City Planning, won the 2005 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design.
  • HR&A was the subject of a feature article in the April 2011 print and online issue of Architect Magazine entitled “The Integrators: Navigating the complexities of a big urban project? New York’s HR&A can help.”


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