Cultivating community.
 
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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.

 
 
 

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...

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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 help bring planning, engineering, finance, and development 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. 

"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."

Chuck Marohn

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."

Michael Kovacs

City Manager, City of Fate, TX

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It's time for a new approach.

For communities to get back on a path to prosperity, fiscal solvency, and environmental sustainability, they must cast aside business as usual and embrace new approaches that empower citizens, maximize productivity of natural resources and infrastructure investments, grow local business and entrepreneurs, and build unique places where people want to be today and in the future.

 

We incorporate 4 simple steps into every project we do:

1. Engage, educate, and empower citizens to contribute time, talent, and treasure.

2. Identify opportunities that maximize existing assets and fit within available budgets.

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3. String together small projects to incrementally improve—starting immediately.

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4. Formalize a local process that your community can own and implement permanently.

 

We are pioneers, educators, and collaborators who just also happen to have backgrounds in professional planning, engineering, and development. Learn more about what makes VERDUNITY different.

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Let's get started!

1. Schedule an intro call or workshop

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2. Identify and connect community leaders

3. Explore opportunities and implement projects

4. Grow community capital

 
 
 

Ways we can help your community

 
 

Presentations & Workshops

Don't have time or money to attend ICMA, APA, CNU, and Strong Towns conferences? Our keynotes and training sessions pull together proven and emerging strategies for fiscal analysis and ROI-based planning, economic gardening, incremental development, and community empowerment.

 

Cultivate Community Program

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.

 

'Strong Towns' Planning & Engineering

Planning and engineering services that are people-centric, resource-sensitive, and based on what citizens are willing and able to pay for. We find ways to say YES where most engineers say no.

 

Citizen Education & Engagement

In many communities, the only time citizens participate in city efforts is to show up to say 'NO!' There's a better way to encourage residents to contribute their time, talent, and treasure to the betterment of their neighborhood.

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Presentations and Workshops

Running a city is hard work. City managers consistently face the pressure of developers, consultants, residents, and others competing for both their time and their city's resources. As a result, you're left with little time for keeping up with the latest approaches to growing and sustaining their communities.

Our workshops save city managers the effort and expense of navigating the many books, conferences, and other resources relevant to doing their job well. We rigorously curate and clearly explain a mix of proven and emerging strategies for fiscal analysis, ROI-based planning, economic gardening, incremental development, community empowerment, and more. 

You'll be armed with an improved understanding of how to realistically address your city's growing needs using only the resources you have on hand.

Find or schedule a workshop.

Cultivate Community Program 

Typical comprehensive planning efforts are expensive, time-consuming, and often include pages of implementation recommendations that never happen. They are often the product of wishful thinking, out of touch with citizens' needs and not based on fiscal realities.

Our Cultivate Community process emphasizes low-risk, resource-conscious projects that, when strung together, can have an immediate impact on a neighborhood or a downtown.

We'll help you assemble a diverse team of community leaders, identify high-impact opportunities, and quickly get to work on projects that bring real value to the neighborhood. Then, we'll work with you to set up a flexible program to make the projects permanent and the collaborations sustainable. 

Whether you want to begin stacking multiple projects together over the course of a year, or pilot the program with one project over three months, you'll be well on your way to making immediate and tangible progress that your community owns—with just the resources you have on hand. 

Schedule a call to learn more about the Cultivate Community program.

Ready to get started? Get a quote for your community.

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'Strong Towns' Planning & Design

Plenty of planning and engineering firms continue to sell solutions that are more expensive than cities can afford and that negatively impact the social and natural environment. 

We are not interested in designing expensive infrastructure projects that take years to get built with money cities don't have, but rather helping city leaders find ways to save time, money and resources. We believe all planning and design decisions should be based on what citizens are willing and able to pay for, and should prioritize people over cars. 

We are inspired by people and organizations who are willing to challenge "business as usual" and let go of conventional approaches. We offer planning and engineering services that are people-centric and resource-sensitive. We find ways to say YES where most engineers say no.

Contact us to learn more about working together.

Citizen Education & Engagement

As in any relationship, communication is key to building trust between citizens and city leaders. We think it's important to do and explain the math, take public engagement to the streets, and create partnerships between members of the community. By establishing this foundation of clear communication and mutual respect, we can help create an environment that encourages residents to contribute their time, talent, and treasure to the betterment of their neighborhood.

Contact us to learn more about working together.