Cultivating Civic Vitality

Fiscally-informed planning, design, and community engagement to cultivate strong neighborhoods

 
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Do the math to understand the true cost of your city's current business model.

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Identify, connect and 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.

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Does this look like your city?

   Wants and needs of your citizens exceed available financial resources?

   Struggling to recruit and retain businesses that want to be long-term partners in the community?

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

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

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

✓  Build complete neighborhoods and grow a self-sustaining local economy where current and future generations want to live, work and play.

"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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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 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, and inclusivity

Environmental vitality: balanced built and natural systems that enable humans to thrive for generations

Fiscal vitality: a self-sustaining local economy and development pattern

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 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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Ways we can help.

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.

 

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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People and Resource-Focused Engineering & Development

Build resilient, human scale 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.

 
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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 education platform Go Cultivate! 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

See the latest blog posts or check out our podcast!