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McClure Consulting, LLC and consulting colleagues have worked in many different socio-geographic settings, including Native American communities, U.S.-Mexico border regions, rapidly growing urban centers, rural agricultural, mining, tourism, and retirement-housing centers, and in the unique cultural-economic environment of the South Pacific. Clients have included private-sector real estate developers and investors, non-profit organizations, and all levels of government. The range of solutions we have generated include the following representative examples:

Fiscal/economic analysis focus with a strategic component:

  • Documenting the benefits of major real estate projects to local jurisdictions.
  • Demonstrating whether an incentive program for international shoppers would be feasible in a state and how tourism spending and tax effects would affect communities throughout the state.
  • Assessing the economic impacts of an innovative program that supports forest-thinning activity while encouraging the creation of new businesses to make use of material harvested in the thinning process.
  • Estimating how the impacts of highway bypass development on a small visitor-oriented city could vary according to alternative routes, and the net effects of the bypass on the community.
  • Estimating the economic impacts on adjacent commercial and residential properties from widening of urban freeways and highways.
  • Evaluating the soundness of concepts and formulas used to set development impact fee rates.
  • Advising on the redevelopment prospects of specific neighborhoods and individual buildings.
  • Determining the measures needed in order to model fiscal relationships between real estate development and the operations and maintenance activities and capital expenditures of host cities (a).
  • Documenting the impacts of both new and phasing-out mining operations on local communities, and devising recovery strategies for areas negatively affected.
  • As part of the application process for ARRA funds, documenting the broad economic benefits to an urban metro region and local community from a major key transportation improvement that would encourage economic development.
  • Documenting tax obligations of Indians and Indian tribes, including case studies of the patterns of tax payments and services received.
  • Assessing market feasibility, forecasting, and estimating economic and fiscal impacts.
  • Utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to enrich analytical capabilities and provide enhanced geospatial analysis.
  • Coalescing primary and secondary data sources (i.e. Census, NAICS, surveys, etc) for local/regional economic analysis.

Market analysis focus with fiscal and strategic components:

  • Estimating the tourist-shopping component of a major entertainment shopping center.
  • Estimating market size and growth for regional shopping centers in high-growth areas, using housing development and other data, where standard demographic reports are inadequate to track the rate of change.
  • Determining the extent to which a set of downtown revitalization concepts, in a border city with unique visitation patterns, can be justified on the basis of market feasibility and urban design factors.
  • Assessing the competitive strength of existing retail centers, and recommending remedial action at the project and city level.
  • Evaluating the market, fiscal, and economic development implications of a series of plans for highly desirable lakefront property under a combination of federal, state, city, and private ownership.
  • Advising a non-profit agency on the soundness of market assumptions used to promote a low-to-moderate-income housing development.
  • Determining the market implications to existing stores and the fiscal implications of major new retail facilities in a community (a).

Economic development strategic focus; economic base analysis:

  • Consolidating views on economic development targets, issues, and approaches within a multi-community region, through executive interviews and summarizing written documentation (a).
  • Relating a region’s existing economic base to its competitive environment and to emerging economic opportunities, in the form of strategic plan guidance.
  • Establishing guidelines for the organization and management of economic development organizations (a).
  • Documenting the changing state of the retail industry, in the face of Internet shopping, warehouse stores, and the like, and assessing the implications of these changes on a city’s retail environment (a).
  • Documenting the prospects, challenges, and recommended solutions to developing and operating a business development center for an island-state with unique cultural influences on the conduct of business (b).
  • Assessing the impacts of NAFTA on the Mexico-Canada border regions of western states (b).
  • Preparing comprehensive strategic-plan based applications for major federal economic development programs (a).
  • Preparing grant applications based on market-focused redevelopment plans.
  • Assessing the extent and nature of job losses in specific Information industry sub-sectors, and potential remediation strategies.

(a) Some or all projects through affiliation with The Natelson Dale Group, Inc.
(b) Through affiliation with Lay James Gibson, Ph.D.