A better future, by design.

Fiscally-informed planning, engineering, and community engagement services that help city leaders align their vision, policies, and investments with what citizens are willing and able to pay for.

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Understand and communicate fiscal liabilities and opportunities to close the funding gap.

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Identify, connect, & align people and resources in the community to make meaningful progress right now.

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Build human-scale neighborhoods and grow a self-sustaining local economy & workforce.


 
 

Check out our Go Cultivate! blog and podcast for community builders—interviews, discussions on new ideas, and plenty of lessons learned. We’re constantly talking about practical ways you can make your community stronger.

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 the podcast as part of our effort to help community leaders and strong citizens start making changes in their own cities, within their own roles.

 

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Does this look like your city?

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Wants and needs of your citizens exceed available financial resources?

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Aging neighborhoods & deteriorating infrastructure?

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Conflicting vision, policies, plans, & processes?

 
 
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Struggling to recruit and retain businesses that want to be long term members of the community?

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Disconnected residents?

 

Every city strives to be fiscally solvent, environmentally resilient, & socially inclusive. Yet in reality, daily decisions and investments rarely align with these desired outcomes.

We're left with fragile local economies, escalating service costs, and disconnected residents—while frustrated city staff & council are stuck administering policies that create places citizens struggle to connect with and invest in.


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 finance, placemaking, design, and storytelling together to help community leaders:

Understand and communicate fiscal liabilities and opportunities to close the funding gap.

Identify, connect, and align people and resources in the community to make meaningful progress toward shared goals right now.

Build complete neighborhoods and grow a self-sustaining local economy where current & future generations want to—and can afford to—live and work.

 

 
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"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


The story, in a nutshell:

The way we've been planning and building our cities is not sustainable – fiscally, environmentally or socially.

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 brings 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 aspire to help cities cultivate civic vitality.

What do we mean by civic vitality? In short, it's the overlap of the following:

Social vitality:

A culture of collaboration, transparency, & inclusivity

ENVIRONMENTAL VITALITY: 

Balanced built & natural systems that enable humans to thrive for generations

FISCAL VITALITY: 

A self-sustaining local economy & development pattern


 
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"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


We are pioneers, educators, and collaborators who just also happen to have professional backgrounds in urban planning, engineering, and development. 


How can we help?

Glad you asked.

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.

Here’s how:

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Community Consulting & Education

Build a shared foundation by expanding perspectives

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Planning

Explore opportunities, identify actionable steps, and prioritize resources and investments

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Engineering & Design

Build people- & resource-conscious neighborhoods & infrastructure