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Strategic Partners


As economic development strategists, we know that collaboration and a strong team approach deliver better results. We regularly call upon our pool of experts to bring you the best set of minds. 


Our longtime working relationships ensure seamless completion of your project.

Applied Economics



EXPERTISE: Economic base analyses, business climate assessments, target industry analyses, supplier identification strategies, occupational assessments and labor market analyses, computer-based modeling, fiscal impact models and long-term financial projection models.

BACKGROUND: Sarah is a founding partner of Applied Economics. She holds a master's in economics and has over 20 years of experience in urban and regional economic analysis, particularly in economic development and public finance. 

DLA Design

David Dougherty • DLADESIGN.COM


EXPERTISE: Downtown revitalization, streetscapes, urban planning, landscape architecture, real-time conceptualization.

BACKGROUND: David’s responsive approach helps clients visualize transformation, and his drawings bring life to a new vision for existing spaces. David pays special attention to the integration of buildings, site and landscape to create compositions that achieve order and balance. Cost effectiveness is always part of the equation. We have partnered with DLA on several downtown and urban planning projects in Oregon and California. 

DSG Advisors



EXPERTISE: Site selection strategies, community assessment, industry drivers (mature and emerging industries), stakeholder consensus.

BACKGROUND: Chabin often calls upon Don to help evaluate and determine the best uses for communities’ key commercial and industrial sites. Don is a former vice president at the Austin Company. In 2012 he founded DSG Advisors, a consulting practice that assists corporate clients with their location strategies and site selection. Don also worked with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. for more than a year to find the best location for their new eastern U.S. brewery.

Economic Forensics and Analytics

Robert Eyler, Ph.D.


EXPERTISE: Economic and social data analyses, economic and community development.


BACKGROUND: Robert Eyler is president of Economic Forensics and Analytics (EFA). He is also Professor of Economics at Sonoma State University, California, and currently serves as the University’s Dean of Extended and International Education. His ability to explain economics in understandable language makes him a popular speaker. Dr. Eyler earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1998. He acted as CEO of the Marin Economic Forum from 2009-2015, a private-public partnership aimed at Marin County’s economic and community development. He has been a visiting scholar at both the University of Bologna and Stanford University.

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FJMcLaughlin & Associates

Fawn McLaughlin


EXPERTISE: Strategic planning, visioning, organizational development, facilitation, "moving diverse groups out of stuck."


BACKGROUND: Fawn provides a creative, solution-oriented and inclusive approach to facilitating group discussions. She has 30 years of economic and community development experience; 25 years as principal and owner of FJMcLaughlin & Associates, 4 years as executive director of Stanislaus County Economic Development Corporation. She has chaired the Calaveras County Planning Commission, served as president of the Mokelumne Hill Community Historical Trust, and she is a licensed California real Estate broker (DRE 01439486).

Keyser Marston Associates



EXPERTISE: Economic consulting, real estate advisory and evaluation services, financial analyses.


BACKGROUND: Keyser Marston Associates (KMA) is a land use economics and real estate advisory firm, with offices in Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego. While KMA is best known for its role as advisors to public sector clients, KMA also has an active private sector practice serving institutions, property owners, and businesses. KMA is a certified State of California Small Business, as well as a registered Municipal Advisor with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MRSB) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Brian Curtis, Michael Coogan • MC2DESIGN.COM


EXPERTISE:  Branding, graphic design, web development, media production.


BACKGROUND: We have collaborated with MC2, a full service design and marketing agency, since the late 1990s. MC2 has successfully worked with hundreds of clients including, City of Lincoln CA, City of Victorville CA, Butte-Glenn Community College District, OSRAM-Sylvania, Apple, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Paramount Parks, State of Washington, State of Oregon, City of Phoenix, Chico Chamber of Commerce and many more.




EXPERTISE:  Downtowns, retail market analysis, market research, facilitation.


BACKGROUND: Since beginning her consulting career over 25 years ago, Mary has completed market research, business development and management projects for over 300 communities in 15 states throughout the U.S. and over 170 downtown assignments. She is an experienced community facilitator and has led over 50 training workshops on market analysis, business recruitment and retention, and business district planning for local and state economic development and Main Street organizations. Mary co-authored with the Oregon Downtown Development Association, Retail Market Analysis & Business Development Made Easy, a step-by-step workbook.

Urban Scenarios



EXPERTISE:  Land development, geospatial analysis, 3D visualization and modeling, scenario planning, GIS modeling.


BACKGROUND: Thatch Moyle, Urban Scenarios principal, is our go-to mapping guy, but he's so much more than that. Urban Scenarios harnesses geospatial data and applies progressive urban planning methodologies to create easily digestible planning models. Thatch's background in land use planning and project management includes international and domestic projects for both private and public clients. The projects include master planning for districts and regions, office parks, industrial sites, retail centers, municipal facilities, and single-family and multi-family residential developments.

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