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A thriving economy requires well-built, well-placed, well-maintained physical infrastructure—everything from roads, bridges, and ports to housing, offices, schools, and public spaces.

How, where, and whether we build shapes a region’s economic trajectory. It determines who has access to jobs and opportunity and how businesses get goods and services to market. Every place-based investment brings costs, benefits, and tradeoffs. ECOnorthwest combines sophisticated analytics and innovative modeling to ground development and transportation decisions. We sort through options, create scenarios, and evaluate impacts to help policymakers build productive, equitable communities.

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Housing Affordability

Across the US, people face rising costs for basic needs, economies struggle to stay competitive, and homelessness rates continue to grow. Communities facing this affordability crisis need independent perspectives to help them create better outcomes for more people.

ECOnorthwest offers deep knowledge of housing and development markets, affordable housing finance, zoning and land use, regulatory barriers, housing access programs, and funding sources. We have developed Housing Needs Analyses and affordable housing strategies for dozens of jurisdictions around the country, and we are on the front lines of middle housing research.

Our experienced team can design and evaluate your housing-related policies and programs. Rooted in economics, our interdisciplinary approach reveals a broader picture of how policy choices affect peoples’ lives. You'll get the guidance you need to increase housing production, affordability, and access.

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Real Estate and Market Analysis

Demographic Analysis

Spatial Analytics

Economic Development

To survive the storm, economies need to be resilient. ECOnorthwest helps urban and rural communities across the US take two key actions: 1) prepare for economic shocks and changing markets; and 2) provide people with the assets they need to thrive during change. We combine urban economics, economic forecasting, fiscal impact analysis, and development finance to create realistic and usable products.

Our integrated approach helps policymakers, developers, and community members understand the whole picture. You'll get the guidance you need to navigate turbulent economic forces and create resilience that leads to sustainable growth, innovation, and equitable prosperity.

We incorporate urban economics, economic forecasting, fiscal impact analysis, and development finance to produce realistic products policymakers and practitioners can use. Our products have helped urban and rural communities across the country understand how to navigate the fluidity of economic forces to create economic resilience, fostering sustainable growth, and innovation.

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Real Estate and Market Analysis

Interviews and Focus Groups

Program and Policy Evaluation

Case Studies, Best Practices Research, and Literature Reviews

Building Equitable Communities

In our Building Equitable Communities practice, we work alongside communities to improve well-being and utilize the built environment to achieve more equitable outcomes. We begin with an outlook that visualizes desired results and is grounded in an understanding of the histories and systems at play. By synthesizing community members’ lived experience with our expertise in real estate development, urban planning, sociology, and public policy, our interdisciplinary team delivers recommendations to help communities thrive.

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Interviews and Focus Groups

Case Studies, Best Practices Research, and Literature Reviews

Real Estate and Market Analysis

Equitable Impact Analysis

Development Feasibility Assessment

Changes in development regulations, capital markets, market conditions, and government investments can all have an impact on what types of development are feasible at any given time. 

ECOnorthwest conducts feasibility assessments for a diverse range of projects, including market-rate and affordable housing, energy projects, wind farms, health centers, public markets, and marine terminals as well as hotels, commercial real estate, mixed-use development, sports venues, casinos, and more.

We help public-sector clients understand how policies, regulations, investments, and other actions can support (or inhibit) the types of development they want to see in their communities. And we help private-sector clients understand the demand for new real estate and specialized facilities.

Our assessments can help you determine actionable projects and how they contribute to the well-being of your community.

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Real Estate and Market Analysis

Demographic Analysis

Land Use Modeling

Growth Management

At the crossroads of urbanization and conservation, effective growth management is paramount to ensure cost effective extension of roads and other infrastructure and to avoid sprawl. ECOnorthwest's approach blends expertise in demography, geography, and urban planning, connecting the dots among real estate opportunities, market dynamics, policy priorities, and funding considerations. We help cities understand future demand for land for housing, jobs, and other public uses, as part of planning for a vibrant community. Our work in growth management helps you to forecast growth, plan for land needs, evaluate comprehensive plan and zoning policies, and explore infrastructure funding strategies.

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Demographic Analysis

Interviews and Focus Groups

Real Estate and Market Analysis

Land Use Modeling

Implementation of Area Plans and Master Plans

Land use policies, area plans, and infrastructure funding strategies can make a positive impact on the people who live and work in a region. But changing market conditions can affect a project's potential to contribute to community prosperity and growth.

ECOnorthwest helps cities and teams of architects, designers, engineers, and planners shape a better, more sustainable future for their communities.

Our interdisciplinary team will help you determine the steps to take and the funding you'll need to successfully implement well-designed strategies. We’ll give you insights you can use to have a positive impact on your community’s future.

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Real Estate and Market Analysis

Fiscal Analysis and Revenue Forecasting

Demographic Analysis

Infrastructure Finance and Implementation

Communities need a solid foundation to grow and prosper. ECOnorthwest works with local and regional agencies to identify and close funding gaps for capital projects and operations/maintenance.

Our interdisciplinary team understands the challenges and opportunities presented by impact fees, public-private partnerships, tax increment financing, bonds, levies, grants, special assessment districts (LIDs, BIDs, EFIDs, etc.), user fees, exactions, and other mechanisms.

We’ll give you the guidance you need to weigh trade-offs related to revenue potential, timeliness, impacts to development or other economic activity—as well as those tied to equity, administrative burden, legal limitations, and political viability.

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Fiscal Analysis and Revenue Forecasting

Land Use Modeling

Real Estate and Market Analysis

Congestion Pricing and Tolling

Regions and communities need effective traffic management to function. ECOnorthwest provides innovative, feasible approaches to congestion challenges. Our interdisciplinary team has partnered with tolling system operators across the country to help advance policy and leverage hundreds of millions of dollars to improve the effectiveness of transportation systems.

We’ll give you the guidance you need to design congestion pricing and tolling systems that achieve your policy outcomes, address the needs of toll operators, and improve your community's overall transportation experience.

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Fiscal Analysis and Revenue Forecasting

Spatial Analytics

Access to Programs and Services

Families and individuals, especially BIPOC and those from other marginalized groups, often face barriers to accessing programs and services they need. Roadblocks to child care, education, job training, health care, park use, high-speed internet, and more can create or exacerbate inequities.

ECOnorthwest’s cross-disciplinary approach brings economics, sociology, and policy analysis together to evaluate how your existing or proposed service levels compare to the needs of the community. With your goals in mind, our team of experts develops program and service availability recommendations that create inclusive systems and move your community closer to shared prosperity.

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Survey Design, Data Collection, and Analysis

Demographic Analysis

Program and Policy Evaluation

Our Experts

ECO’s Place team of economists, planners, demographers, spatial analysts, and project managers oversees our largest portfolio of projects. These experts have helped hundreds of governments and industries to develop effective strategies, making the complex clear.

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Partner / President

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Project Director & Chief of Staff

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Dr. Michael Wilkerson, a Partner and the Director of Analytics at ECONorthwest

Partner / Senior Economist