We work with our partners to design services that are tailored to meet specific needs. Our staff employs a wide range of methods and tools–from sophisticated modeling to personal interaction with stakeholders–to achieve client objectives. Community Attributes is especially adept at using quantitative data to inform decisions and improve results. Below is just a small sample of projects our team is proud to have produced. Click the image to read a brief description of the project. Some projects are available for download by clicking on the project title link.
Kent is the sixth-largest city in the state of Washington. Community Attributes Inc. provided project management for creating an economic development plan for the City starting in 2011. Work began with a compilation of economic analyses, stakeholder engagement meetings and a highly successful business forum. We developed industrial and commercial profiles which analyzed employment, real estate, retail, commercial and demographic data for Kent's major commercial and industrial activity centers. Stakeholder engagement efforts included interviews with representatives from government and private sector leaders, business forum facilitation and workshops. Phase 2, beginning in 2013, built on the goals and priorities for economic development previously identified, engaged additional participation from the business community, directed focus on economic clusters and yielded a detailed implementation plan. The final report included assessments of strategic advantages, challenges and opportunities to support and grow the commercial, industrial, residential and retail assets in the City of Kent. City Councilmembers unanimously passed the plan in August 2014.
For the Washington Aerospace Partnership, Community Attributes Inc. performed a comprehensive economic analysis of the aerospace sector in Washington State, including employment, revenues, wages and direct and indirect impacts. Aerospace is a foundational industry in Washington, driving innovation, economic development and jobs, both within the sector and across the state economy. Traditional cluster studies have not sufficiently captured the diverse relationships between aerospace and the wider Washington State economy. Cluster studies often focus on the immediate impacts of aircraft production, while ignoring the broader spillover effects in areas of innovation across other industries in the state. Our study tells a more complete story of the impacts of the aerospace industry in Washington, marrying quantitative and qualitative analysis. Analysis was anchored to the Boeing Company, broken out by individual production lines, and for the supply chain of suppliers located in Washington State. We also developed a workforce assessment including a talent pipeline, and incorporated extensive stakeholder engagement. Our findings were used to support fiscal policies for business retention efforts at the State level in 2013.
For the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Community Attributes Inc. plays an ongoing role with two major initiatives at the foundation: Global Libraries and Agricultural Development. For both initiatives, we develop and present dashboards on key indicators to Foundation executives to assist in the decision-making for Foundation strategies.
For Global Libraries, we designed and developed a comprehensive database model to support strategic grant making by developing a model to rank U.S. library technology needs and community impacts. We utilized geographic information systems (GIS) and layered on detailed demographic data to screen communities against the Foundation's criteria for community need.
For the Agricultural Development Initiative, we designed an evaluation database and real-time reporting system to support strategic grant making. We developed a web-based user interface to track and access key quantitative and qualitative measures of grant progress and performance with concise reporting summaries. Analytical models incorporated within the database allow for real-time analysis and aggregation of performance data across the portfolio.
The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) works to support the local economy by connecting employment opportunities to job seekers through research and providing financial support and guidance to employment agencies. WDC facilitates collaboration and understanding amongst employers, workers, community and state leaders, nonprofits, youth and a myriad of organizations to find and fund solutions to workforce gaps.
For the WDC, Community Attributes Inc. developed a compelling, interactive, web-based compendium of relevant and recent King County workforce statistics. This report—the State of the Workforce—is segmented into eight areas of focus, including labor force, jobs and industries, youth pipeline, social economic challenges and income, education, demographics and migration and commute. WDC uses the results to ensure proper workforce development planning efforts take into consideration this data to better align workforce supply with business demand.
The Seattle Office of Economic Development and the Community Cornerstones Program—a federal grant-funded program focused on equitable transit oriented development—teamed to focus on a commercial stability strategy for the Rainier Valley and the Othello Corridor in Southeast Seattle. The strategy focuses on maintaining existing commercial areas with culturally diverse residents and businesses while simultaneously attracting new ones. In conjunction with this work, Community Attributes Inc. (CAI) conducted a retail analysis of the Othello retail corridor along Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, which includes two retail clusters at the intersection of Othello and Graham Streets. We analyzed the Othello corridor's existing retail offerings, assets and demographics.
In addition, we worked with local retailers to identify common perceptions, challenges and opportunities within the neighborhood. The end result is a targeted strategy for retail growth and investment that serves to identify new and complimentary retail businesses as well support existing ones.
We completed primary and secondary trade areas, a competitive analysis, determined psychographics of target markets, developed a demographic profile of area residents and existing retail, and identified gaps in retail, services and other amenities. Outreach efforts included stakeholder interviews, survey development, and working with an advisory committee. We conducted a business community survey focusing on business needs and community perceptions. Report findings included a narrative analysis of existing conditions as well as a list of specific business types to target for recruitment and an understanding of opportunities and challenges in recruitment.