Nadine Fogarty continues Rose Center Fellowship in 2016

Strategic Economics Vice President, Nadine Fogarty, is one of the eight urban development and design leaders from around the nation, assembled by the Rose Center to serve who will be serve as their faculty advisers.

“The 2016 Rose Fellows are dedicated to finding creative solutions to land use challenges in their cities,” said National League of Cities CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. “Through collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovative thinking, these projects will serve as models for how cities can learn from each other to make urban spaces a vibrant part of our communities.”

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The work of our newest Associate, Carline Au, is mentioned in the California Planning and Development Report. The article is on redevelopment agency’s long-range property management plans.

“A couple of publicly available reports exist in the Bay Area, one on potential transit-oriented development sites and another inventorying public lands in Oakland, but they appear to have few counterparts.

The first is an inventory of Oakland public lands by Carline Au, currently an associate with Strategic Economics, Inc. Prepared as an academic paper in the UC-Berkeley planning M.A. program, her report analyzes 2,400 Oakland public properties in 15 different categories, including assets of the postredevelopment successor agency. Au calls on the city of Oakland to adopt a coordinated public lands policy as a strategy against displacement by gentrification. Her report is available from the Web site with free registration. The other Bay Area report is “Untapped Resources: Potential Bay Area Sites for Transit-Oriented Development,” by NPH. The report’s lead authors are Lane and Libby Seifel of Seifel Consulting, Inc., which works on post-redevelopment issues. The Great Communities Collaborative, housed at the San Francisco Foundation, supported the project. The report provides a selective catalog of properties with potential for transit-oriented development, including affordable housing, that appear on Long-Range Property Management Plans.”


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Oakland Launches New Planning Process for Downtown

A Project the SE team is a part of – The City of Oakland announced today that it is launching a new planning process for downtown, following the passage last year of similar neighborhood redevelopment plans that are aimed at revitalizing districts — but have also led to increased concerns about gentrification and displacement.

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SE at the American Steel Company

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This weekend a few Strateconers joined the Northern California Section Chapter of the APA on a West Oakland Arts Tour. The trip included a tour of the American Steel Studios, an industrial building re-purposed into workspace for artists and entrepreneurs.





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                            Karen Cusolito, Large Scale Sculpture

Welcoming our new Associate!

Carline Au

Ms. Au comes to Strategic Economics with a background in social equity in the built environment, with her most recent work contributing to the development of a public lands policy for the City of Oakland. Ms. Au’s interdisciplinary and data-driven approach guides her work, from policy design to plan implementation.

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Rebuilding Local Economies

How can small towns and cities adapt to changing conditions that affect the industries, technologies, and land use patterns that help form the foundation of their local economies? EPA’s new report provides case studies of seven communities that have successfully reinvigorated their struggling economies by emphasizing existing assets and distinctive resources. The report, How Small Towns and Cities Can Use Local Assets to Rebuild Their Economies: Lessons from Successful Places, draws on these case studies to offer strategies other communities can use.

Through the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, EPA worked directly with Kelso, Washington, to explore how these types of strategies could address the city’s economic challenges brought about by the decline of the logging and smelt fishing industries. The resulting report, Using Smart Growth Strategies to Foster Economic Development: A Kelso, Washington, Case Study, provides a tool for communities looking to create their own smart growth economic development strategy that emphasizes existing assets, and it illustrates the use of that tool in Kelso.


Strategic Economics was one of the Project Leads for the Using Smart Growth Strategies to Foster Economic Development: A Kelso, Washington, Case Study (2015). This study aims to help cities like Kelso rethink how to address economic development challenges with small, manageable solutions that create stronger, more resilient communities. A smart growth economic development strategy needs to support businesses and workers and improve quality of life. Smart growth approaches bring together these elements and recognize the balance among them and the need to create long-term value in addition to short-term gains.


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