Create a culture of collaboration
to improve transparency, communication, and efficiency
Build resilient, human scale neighborhoods
that enhance quality of life for current and future generations
Grow community capital
to reduce dependency on outside resources and cultivate a self-sustaining local economy
Does this look like your city?
✓ Wants and needs of your citizens exceed available financial resources?
✓ Struggle to compete in economic development bidding wars?
✓ Aging neighborhoods and deteriorating infrastructure?
✓ Conflicting vision, policies, plans and processes?
✓ Disconnected residents?
Every city strives to be fiscally solvent, environmentally resilient, & socially inclusive. In reality, daily decisions and investments rarely align with these desired outcomes.
It's time for a different approach.
There are realistic, affordable steps to take right now to bridge these gaps and get our communities back on the path to a healthy and prosperous future.
We connect planning, engineering, finance, placemaking and storytelling together to help community leaders:
✓ Create a culture of collaboration
✓ Build resilient & human-scale neighborhoods
✓ Grow community capital
"Kevin and the VERDUNITY team are leaders in the field. When only a few others were even talking about it, Kevin was looking for answers as to why cities struggle financially and how engineers can change their approach to put the financial health of the community—and not just the next project—front and center."
Founder & President of Strong Towns
"VERDUNITY is the planning and engineering connection we’ve been looking for as city managers. They have a fiscal and environmental sustainability approach that minimizes infrastructure costs as opposed to maximizing them."
City Manager, City of Fate, TX
The way we've been planning and building our cities is not sustainable.
The post-WW2 development pattern is critically dependent on growth and consumes more financial and natural resources than it produces. As a result, community leaders across the country are struggling to address basic service, employment, and lifestyle expectations with limited resources and citizen engagement. Most planning and engineering firms continue to sell complex solutions that are more expensive than cities can afford and difficult for residents to understand. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking...
We’re with you.
If we want our communities to be vibrant, prosperous places for our kids and future generations, there are steps we can take right now to bridge these gaps and get back on track. VERDUNITY was formed to bring people and perspectives together to help community leaders and citizens to better understand and address these challenges. We measure success not by fancy projects and big design fees, but by the impact we're helping to make in communities across the country.
We're here to help you.
We are not interested in designing expensive infrastructure projects that take years to get built with money cities don't have.
We'd much rather partner with community leaders to get things done in less time with the resources you do have.
Financial Modeling & Assessments
Do the math: Everything we do begins with doing the math. Revenue/acre and ROI mapping, fiscal impact models, and other financial assessment tools that help you quantify your true service cost liabilities and identify areas where investment will get the highest return.
Cultivate Community Programs
Build momentum incrementally: Our alternative to traditional comprehensive planning. Community-specific programs where we assemble a local implementation team and work alongside you to collect, test, and implement citizens' ideas to improve their neighborhoods—quickly and cost-effectively.
Natural Resource Planning & Low Impact Development
Preserve natural spaces: Planning and design strategies that leverage natural assets and green infrastructure to protect natural resources, enhance property values, improve water quality and manage stormwater.
"Strong Towns" Planning & Engineering
Build resilient, lovable neighborhoods: Design of streets, public spaces and small site development projects that reflect residents' input, prioritize people and place over cars, and improve the financial health of the community.
Community Education & Workshops
Even though we geek out out them, planning, development, and city decision-making are not the sexiest or most clear-cut topics to most people. We started our sister organization, CULTIVATE! Collaborative, to equip community leaders and strong citizens to:
✓ Understand and communicate the issues facing cities today
✓ Identify, connect and train a network of local change agents
✓ Put the principles of Strong Towns and incremental development into practice
Visit www.cultivatecollaborative.org for free resources, workshop information, our collaborative blog, and recaps of our CULTIVATE! podcast episodes.