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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.