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.
Do the math to understand the true costs of your city’s business model.
Identify, connect, & align people and resources in the community to make meaningful progress right now.
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.
❌ Wants and needs of your citizens exceed available financial resources?
❌ Struggling to recruit and retain businesses that want to be long term members of the community?
❌ Aging neighborhoods & deteriorating infrastructure?
❌ Conflicting vision, policies, plans, & processes?
❌ 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.
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.
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...
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.
What do we mean by civic vitality? In short, it's the overlap of the following:
A culture of collaboration, transparency, & inclusivity
Balanced built & natural systems that enable humans to thrive for generations
A self-sustaining local economy & development pattern
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Or, if you’re ready to dive deeper into the relationships between people, place and fiscal sustainability in our communities, check out one of our workshops.