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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. Honing our team strategy even further, we recently formed RE3VISION with two longterm collaborators to help communities and developers respond to rundown areas and retail vacancies.


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.

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).

Hero CMO

Valerie Reddemann • HEROCMO.COM


EXPERTISE: Marketing, branding, social media, entrepreneurship.


BACKGROUND: Valerie started Hero CMO to help companies discover and bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be. After spending 20 years as an entrepreneur immersed in building a marketing approach people talk about, Valerie took her deep understanding of the process to help clients in a variety of industries meet their business objectives. Having worked with industries ranging from economic development and agriculture to banking, food and professional services, the importance of aligning purpose and message with experience remains the same. Hero CMO takes marketing out of its silo and demonstrates how and why it should be part of every facet of your organization influencing it from the inside out.




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.

MC2 Design Group

Brian Curtis, Michael Coogan • MC2DESIGN.COM


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


BACKGROUND: MC2 Design Group, Inc. is full service design and marketing agency serving a national and international market. Founded in 1990, MC2 has successfully worked with hundreds of clients including, City of Lincoln CA, City of Victorville CA, Butte-Glenn Community College District, OSRAM-Sylvania, Macromedia, Apple, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Paramount Parks, State of Washington, State of Oregon, City of Phoenix, Chico Chamber of Commerce and many more.



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