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.
CAI partnered with TechAlliance, a technology and innovation-focused nonprofit, to create an interactive report that profiles technology within traditional economies across Washington state. The website features an interactive map that highlights the tech economy for thirteen different regions, and features businesses who are innovating in different industries. Additionally there are three interactive reports that highlight tech’s influence on the apple, power and healthcare industries.
The project has been a collaborative effort between the client and our data systems, economics, and design teams. The site development is complete and launched fall 2017.
Through CAI’s work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries initiative, a collaboration with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) was formed to create a website that maps library data worldwide. The Library Map of the World website integrates country-level library data and maps eight performance metrics by library type. Additionally, IFLA worked with libraries across the world to capture stories of library impact that show how libraries contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. CAI then mapped these stories online and created shareable story pages that feature narratives from each country complemented by photography and video.
CAI engaged in iterative process of incremental prototyping with IFLA by gathering requirements, creating static designs, building clickable prototype and regularly integrating feedback. The final deliverable was a fully functioning website with capability to manage data and update content. To ensure accessibility of the site for a broad range of users, the site has a mobile and tablet version as well as accessible via screen readers. It was launched in 2017 at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress. (2015 – ongoing)
For the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County, CAI developed a cluster study on the maritime industry in Washington state. CAI provided a detailed analysis of employment, wages, firms and revenue trends related to the industry and its various subsectors statewide. This analysis was supplemented by stakeholder interviews with key leaders of maritime industry firms, and included a talent pipeline assessment with forecasts on job openings and labor supply to guide workforce development efforts. Sector trends, strengths and challenges are presented to facilitate understanding of this sector and to bolster efforts to support it. This study was updated for the Washington Maritime Federation in 2016. (2013, 2016) Read the study
CAI completed an economic impact study of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that measured the foundation's economic impact on the Greater Seattle Region. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest, private foundation in the world, granting money to initiatives globally. At times, the foundation's international work can overshadow its local grantmaking and programs. The report quantified direct impacts, which included jobs at the Seattle campus, wages paid to employees, contracts with local businesses and suppliers, and local grantmaking. Through economic impact models, CAI assessed how the foundation’s spending flows through the regional economy based on business-to-business purchases and wage spending.
The report also illustrated the catalytic influence of the foundation on the region's nonprofits and philanthropic sectors, through specific examples and external data and perspectives. Interviews with stakeholders demonstrated how the foundation has helped shape the global health sector, and education and family homelessness policies. (2016—2017)
Community Attributes Inc. has developed online, interactive tools for the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture since 2014. Initially, CAI created an online mapping and reporting tool to analyze the economic impact of creative industries on the local and regional economies at neighborhood and specific-site levels. CAI added Culture Space Inventory data into a prototype application and mapped Arts & Culture asset data. CAI then staff worked with key stakeholders to redesign the data dashboard that analyzes Culture Space Inventory and additional demographic data.
In 2015 and 2016, CAI developed online versions of the office of arts & culture annual reports. These interactive reports guide users through a review of grants, programs and updates. images and copy on the site were provided by the office of arts & culture, and cai constructed a framework that allowed for online viewing. the site features several gis-centric map sections that illustrate the location of arts and culture spaces in seattle.
In 2016, CAI created SpaceLab NW in collaboration with the Office of Arts & Culture. This website built on the Cultural Spaces Inventory map and shows locations of arts venues, public arts assets, arts education institutions and more. The platform combines locations of arts and cultural spaces with demographic and economic data. The website allows users to explore the relationships between people, place and the culture-centric gathering places around Seattle.
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.