Community Assistance

The work of community building can be hard. Resources are scarce. Priorities compete. Implementation is challenging. 

Nevertheless, communities are increasingly working to become stronger, more prosperous places to live—and they’re finding creative ways to do it. They’re building transportation systems that work for all users, thriving downtowns and serene neighborhoods that offer housing choices within financial reach, and nurturing a quality of life that provides good jobs and supports entrepreneurs. Simply put, they are working to become more livable. 

Our community assistance program helps communities across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado along this path. While we’d love to help every community that asks, we use a competitive process to select the projects that are most primed for success—projects that are focused, invite key partners to the table, meet a clear community need, and stand a good chance of implementation.

Community assistance projects generally address issues related to economic development, growth, and planning in the American West. No matter the issue a project addresses, engaged and educated community leadership is a key ingredient for successful implementation. That is why whenever we assist a community or region, we help creatively engage the public and build the strategic partnerships and leadership necessary for creating lasting change. 


We recognize that communities are faced with a variety of challenges and opportunities that our community assistance program can address. Our program is built to be flexible, able to assist on a diversity of issues related to the following categories:  


Market demand is shifting towards a growing desire for walkable neighborhoods where places like schools, shopping, work and recreation are within walking distance. Our assistance helps communities achieve strategic infill and redevelopment to capitalize on this emerging market while improving existing neighborhoods, corridors and districts that are in need of investment. 


A growing number of communities are dealing with significant population shifts that are affecting their housing markets: aging residents, young professionals, and multi-generational households. At the same time, communities are striving to become more economically competitive by diversifying and growing their jobs base but struggle to understand how to approach local economic development. We help communities understand housing and economic market trends in their own communities, and develop plans and policies that respond to them. 


Transportation infrastructure is one of the largest expenditures  a community will make. When built strategically, transportation can set the table for redevelopment and revitalization. We provide direct technical assistance to communities that want to integrate their transportation systems with their community and economic development goals to become more multimodal, vibrant places.  


Transportation has everything to do with how a community grows and getting it right makes all the difference. New Mobility West is our initiative focused on creating transportation systems that meet 21st century demand—providing opportunity, space and safety for all.

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The Colorado Brownfields Partnership (CBP) provides outreach and technical assistance to Colorado communities interested in redevelopment, renovation, and adaptive reuse of property. The CBP’s workshops and webinars educate Colorado communities about Colorado’s Brownfields Program and connect these communities with available funding for brownfields assistance, cleanup and redevelopment.

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The challenges communities face are often complex and multi-faceted. Responding to these issues takes a strategic approach that employs a wide-array of skillsets and expertise. We welcome project proposals that can be addressed through a combination of the following fields as well as proposals that focus on one or two.

Community and Regional Planning:

  • Visioning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Scenario Planning
  • Strategic Communications

Planning, Design and Implementation:

  • District and Sub-area Planning
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  • Action Planning

Economic and Policy Analysis:

  • Housing Market Analysis
  • Policy Analysis
  • Market and Economic Feasibility Analysis

Not sure if an issue your community faces can be addressed by our assistance program? Get in touch with us and let’s talk it through. 

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