HR&A has four 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, hubs, and corridors,  as well as historic buildings, public open space, military bases, and disused industrial centers; 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.

Solid retail development and revitalization strategies are grounded in the market and economic realities of consumers, tenants, and developers. We develop tenanting plans, identify cultural uses, and integrate open space opportunities to brand districts and create a sense of place. Additionally, we communicate these benefits benefits through marketing and outreach to assist implementation.

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.