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Win the corner, win the block, win the neighborhood.

- Urbane


We see neighborhoods as defined by their strengths and experienced as places of opportunity. Where others perceive a lack of resources, we see vast potential for growth and prosperity. Under-resourced urban and rural areas are incredible reservoirs of untapped talent, where scarcity of investment and amenities fosters fertile ground for local innovation, creativity, and thought leadership. For Urbane, the chance to collaborate with and invest in the people and places that make these communities shine is a no-brainer. 


We focus on small businesses and other local anchors because their role offers unparalleled insight and influence, making them powerful, positive agents for change. Our work is rooted in a participatory action research (PAR) approach, fomenting the transformative strength of these anchors. 

Focus Areas

Our work with communities should disrupt the status-quo. Attaining performance parity with mainstream markets is not the goal, this is about investing in communities so they operate at the cutting edge. The Focus Areas of our work seek to transform perception – to recognize that underserved communities are engines for innovation and prosperity.

  • Community Anchors and Infrastructure Development and Asset Management Strategy, Program Design and Implementation, Pro Forma Development, Tenant Attraction and Technical Assistance, LP Capital Attraction
  • Public Housing Enterprise Incubation and Acceleration, Workforce Pipeline Formation, Alternative Credit Building, Tenant Engagement
  • Informal Economy Data Capture and Analysis, Data Visualization, Small Business Storytelling, Interactive Microsite Development
  • Community Wealth Building Impact Investing, Community REIT, Community Wealth Management Centers
  • Diaspora Investment Market Analysis and Feasibility Study, Culturally Competent Facilitation, , Concept and Programming Recommendations, Pro Forma Development
  • Urban Strategies Mixed Methods Research, Network Analysis, Financial Health Indicator Creation, Action Plan Development, Public Meeting Facilitation
  • Equitable Economic Development Economic Impact Analysis, Capital Access Analysis, Master Planning, Strategic Policy Recommendations, Pilot Design and Implementation, Stakeholder Engagement Design
  • Small Business Solutions Customized Training and Technical Assistance, Business and Organizational Strategy, Customer Attraction and Retention, Business Plan Development, Financial Analysis and Modeling

Where We Work

From the Northeast corridor to the Hawaiian Islands, Urbane is investing in people and places to make community dreams a reality.

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Work With Us

Interested in joining a team that is transforming community development? See our open positions here.

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