Economic Development and Redevelopment

Economic Development

S&ME’s economic development and redevelopment services’ team can address your economic development and redevelopment needs and long-term objectives. Turning a blighted area into a thriving economic engine is what we do best.

Economic development is more than just increasing property values to generate higher property tax receipts and creating jobs. It is also about improving a community, raising the quality of life for an area, and creating a sense of place for residents and visitors alike. Including all of these components in our plans is what sets the S&ME team apart from the competition. Turning a car dependent area into a walkable neighborhood improves the health of the residents and makes it a more desirable place to live, work and play.

The jurisdictions or organizations that have made an economic development strategy a priority are best situated to capitalize on their unique assets and resources. S&ME has helped communities focus their economic development efforts and resources into clear, cost effective targeting of industries for recruitment and retention. S&ME can assist your jurisdiction to develop or enhance strategies to guide short and long-term economic development actions. Our services include:

  • Community visioning and master planning
  • Business recruitment and retention
  • Creating branding/theming and marketing resources
  • Community redevelopment programming
  • Development of code or zoning overlays and form based code

S&ME’s economic development and redevelopment projects range from mixed-use town center development and healthcare facilities to tourism and hospitality development. Our services include:

  • Acting as an owner’s representative to public agencies and jurisdictions
  • Negotiating development agreements, securing entitlements and local development incentives
  • Assembling, preparing and conveying sites for major mixed-use developments
  • Brownfield remediation planning
  • Solving difficult soil or foundation conditions
  • Grant applications and administration
  • Site or area wide master planning
  • Site design and civil engineering

Our team of economic development, environmental, geotechnical and land development professionals can turn a seemingly undesirable site or area into a bustling, thriving neighborhood.  Many of our projects take previously developed sites and make them attractive for new communities to rise from obscurity. One prime example is the Gulch area of Downtown Nashville.  This once rundown industrial area has been transformed into a high energy mixed use area of Nashville that attracted redevelopment at an unprecedented rate. This area was a forgotten piece of Nashville’s history and is now one of the crown jewels of the city.

Redevelopment Planning

Through a balanced interdisciplinary approach, S&ME delivers results by providing innovative and sustainable solutions redevelopment. As strategic development advisors, S&ME offers a wide array of expertise through a collaborative approach to projects that is focused on implementation from the outset. Our planners, designers and engineers work together to develop creative designs and pioneering ideas, which are then rigorously tested for workability. We define success through quality built projects.

S&ME’s diverse team of professionals exhibit an unwavering commitment to an interdisciplinary approach and have earned the reputation as a preeminent redevelopment consulting firms. Our clients include development authorities, redevelopment agencies, local governments and private sector developers. From initial due diligence to redevelopment plans to capital improvement project implementation, our team of planners, urban designers, landscape architects, scientists, and engineers work together to develop bold yet workable plans.

Our work with the Florida Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) is one example of our depth of experience. S&ME team members have worked for more than forty (40) CRAs, in twenty (20) counties across Florida. Our experience includes preparing Finding of Necessity Studies, CRA establishment in Charter and Non-Charter Counties, detailed Tax Increment Fund projections, CRA operational term extensions, Community Redevelopment Plans/Updates and administration of the day-to-day operations of CRA’s and project specific Implementation of CRA special projects and programs.  S&ME has been a proud supporter of the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) for over 15 years and is continually “sharpening our pencils” and learning the latest redevelopment techniques and legislative requirements. From concept to construction, S&ME offers a wealth of knowledge and experience through every life stage of a CRA.