Our Impact Project Portfolio

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City of Watertown Downtown & Riverfront Revitalization




Need

Watertown city council hired Redevelopment Resources to create a revitalization plan for the city’s downtown and riverfront. The city needed a central, attractive place for people to congregate.



Impact

We proposed the construction of a town square with an amphitheater on the Rock
River.



Highlights

  • Acquire and demolish a block of buildings on Main Street
  • Construct a town square with amphitheater on the Rock River
  • Build a hotel on the city-owned lot next to the town square
  • Complete the river walk
  • Develop a commercial rehabilitation revolving loan fund

"Watertown city council hired Redevelopment Resources to create a revitalization plan for the city’s downtown and riverfront. The city needed a central, attractive place for people to congregate."

— Kim Erdmann, Executive Director, Watertown Economic Development Organization

Role

Project Planner and Idea Generator

Collaborators

  • Mayor
  • City Council
  • City staff
  • Local stakeholders

Plan Scope

  • Transformative
  • Impact Level
  • Small

Targeted Industry Analysis (TIA) & Strategy




Need

The Langlade County Economic Development Corporation hired us to identify and analyze their targeted industries and develop a strategy for growing the local economy. The Corporation needed an understanding of their economic drivers to strengthen the local economy by supporting companies who pay living wage.



Impact

We discovered significant challenges the community was facing and were able to address them with actionable items for short, medium and long-term which would help them better invest their limited resources for greatest impact.



Highlights

  • Identified urgent needs such as a focus on improving the existing housing stock.
  • Captured a realistic perspective on the aging workforce and its impact on companies who rely on decades of institutional knowledge.
  • Equipped the Economic Development organization with tactics to support and encourage companies to attract workers.
  • Reinforced the value of the local EDO to its board members.

Collaborators

  • Langlade County Economic Development Corporation staff and board members
  • Local employers
  • City staff
  • Local business community

Plan Scope

Targeted Industry Analysis (TIA) & Strategy




Need

The Executive Director/Board of Greater Fremont Development Corporation hired us to analyze their targeted industries and develop a strategy around them. The organization needed a strategy to grow the economy based on their strengths.



Impact

We discovered the county’s strengths in crop and animal production/ag output manufacturing, plastic, metal and wood manufacturing and others.



Highlights

  • Highlighted worker flow which created opportunity to source employees
  • Discovered linkages which support collaboration across industry sectors
  • Created action steps for the staff to implement which increased their effectiveness
  • Opened dialogue across sectors to facilitate even more cooperation
  • Identified discrepancies between employee needs and housing supply

Role

We researched and analyzed the data to identify opportunities for the community to effectively grow their economy. We then made recommendations based on that knowledge which directed the organization’s efforts.

Collaborators

  • Greater Fremont Development Corporation staff and board
  • Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership
  • Local employers
  • Local educators
  • City Staff and elected officials

City of Two Rivers – Economic & Community Development Strategy




Need

The City of Two Rivers hired us to create a dynamic, realistic plan to boost their economy and community. The City needed to rid blight, recruit young families and attract employers to Two Rivers.



Impact

We focused on their river fronts, targeting buildings for redevelopment. We recommended marketing to solopreneurs and virtual companies. Two Rivers offers natural amenities attractive to young business owners starting families.



Highlights

  • Identified priority redevelopment properties
  • Recommended redevelopment TID for downtown and west Twin River area
  • Maximized use of natural features to attract visitors and new residents
  • Leveraged existing org structure for more effective implementation
  • Located financial resources to support strategy

Role

Market Research and Trend Forecasting

Collaborators

  • City staff
  • Mainstreet
  • Progress Lakeshore
  • Local business community
  • Realtors
  • Lester Public Library
  • Local cultural and natural assets (Woodland Dunes, Hamilton Woodtype museum, and others
  • Large employers
  • Manitowoc City and County
  • Local healthcare entities
  • Two River Public School System

Targeted Industry Analysis (TIA) & Commercial Market Study




Need

The Mayor and City Council of Elkhorn, WI hired us to analyze and strategize based on their market strengths. The City needed a focused strategy to maximize growth opportunities downtown and in the industrial park.



Impact

We discovered core and ancillary target industries which opened opportunities for
business recruitment and downtown business attraction.



Highlights

  • Maximized location on I-43
  • Generated interest in reuse of County building downtown
  • Revealed gaps in the market to fill
  • Enlightened City leaders to new opportunities
  • Instilled market realities for local leaders

Role

Redevelopment Resources revealed strengths and linkages in the local economy for the City to capitalize on through new networks and collaborations.

Collaborators

  • City Council and Mayor
  • City Staff
  • Chamber Director and Members
  • Large employers
  • Mainstreet businesses
  • WCEDA staff

Analysis of Adaptive Reuse Program: Erie County Industrial Development Agency




Need

The Board of Directors of (Erie County Industrial Development Agency) hired us to analyze the impact of eight years of their Adaptive Reuse Incentives Program. The organization needed to quantify the success of the program to consider ongoing use of the incentives in today’s marketplace.



Impact

We discovered the program facilitated the redevelopment of over 4 million square feet of blighted space in the City of Buffalo, and leveraged the investment of over $632 million in private sector funding with on average incentives of 4% of total project costs.



Highlights

  • Discovered public incentives totaled 4% of project investment
  • Highlighted social impacts of adaptive reuse including reduction in crime and increased use of public transportation
  • Reinforced ECIDA’s use of incentives for significant community impact
  • Restored the board’s faith in the importance of this program
  • Demonstrated effective leveraging of private sector investment

Role

Redevelopment Resources calculated and analyzed the impacts of the incentives and put them in perspective for the stakeholders. The program was truly successful and an effective use of a relatively small amount of public resources.

Collaborators

  • ECIDA Staff
  • ECIDA member communities
  • Developers
  • Realtors
  • Architects
  • City of Buffalo Staff

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