"How can we show the business contribution to a district of the city that is made by tourists?"
"The neighboring metropolitan region is overwhelming our property market."
"What density and other incentives are necessary to make redevelopment of properties in our downtown area feasible?"
"What retail opportunities are we missing, and how important is it to attempt to capture these?"
"How can we demonstrate that a “lower” use for this site is actually a “better” use, for the community too."
"This is the first time an organization like ours has been invited to participate in economic development planning."
"Our high school students are not aware of the fact that there are high-paying jobs here, in manufacturing."
"Prospects will not come here until they can see that the city is organized to be fully functional."
"Younger workers want to be in communities where there is a sense of place."
"The best use of the planning funds we have is to bring as many kinds of stakeholders together as possible."
"How can we balance maintaining open space amenities in our region with growth pressures?"


McClure Consulting, LLC is a national economic development consulting firm specializing in market analytics, strategic planning, site selection, community assessments and organization building. Our team of experienced practitioners helps communities & economic development organizations, real estate development entities, and regions' businesses & industries achieve their market potential.


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Economic development self-evaluation

The world of economic development is subject to a seemingly endless cycle of “idea labeling,” as various actors in the industry attempt to interpret trends, real and imagined, or reimagined, in how cities develop. One concept of current interest is Innovation Districts, which is given detailed treatment by the Global Institute on Innovation Districts (www.giid.org). (read more)

To help localities deal with this disruption, the economic development consulting team of The Natelson Dale Group, Inc. (TNDG) and McClure Consulting LLC have prepared an impact model designed to track the changes brought about by autonomous vehicles that will run through the economy and other municipal systems. (read more)

Economic development practitioners are known for continually “taking stock” of their community, and discussing this along stakeholders, both political and economic. The scorecard layout used in the PowerPoint presentation described here expedites its use as both an orientation piece for stakeholders and a concise way of evaluating economic development conditions affecting the community. (read more)

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Founded in 1996, McClure Consulting, LLC is based on Joe McClure's experience as a Principal or Manager of regional economics consulting organizations over a 30-year period. McClure Consulting, LLC also maintains a working relationship with consulting colleagues The Natelson Dale Group, Inc. (TNDG), headquartered in Orange County, CA. 

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