WFN staff has substantial experience in preparing market analyses to determine potential support for new development, including retail space and affordable and market-rate housing. This experience comes from work in a variety of communities – urban neighborhoods, suburban centers, small towns, and rural areas – many of which are facing disinvestment and/or blight. WFN staff have assisted community planners and economic developers in such areas to identify potential opportunities for growth and provide strategies for promoting these opportunities to business, developers, and other possible investors.
WFN provides several core services to clients in nearly every project:
– Demographic and economic analysis;
– Housing market research;
– Assessment of existing housing and community development supply and projection of future needs;
– Planning recommendations for housing, community and economic development; and
– Stakeholder engagement.
At the heart of our research process is an emphasis on understanding market dynamics and housing and retail needs at the local level. This approach allows WFN to make expert recommendations specifically tailored to the needs of each client. To every consulting engagement we undertake, we bring not only expert research and analysis skills, but also an understanding of what it takes to translate research findings into new housing and business development. Recommendations to our clients go beyond the numbers to focus on next steps toward achieving real economic development results.