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CAI teamed up with Casey Family Programs to customize our mapping platform to develop the Community Opportunity Map, an interactive tool that highlights the aspects of communities that are associated with safe children and strong families. This interactive, research-based framework is composed of select U.S. Census Bureau indicators and is available for any community in the nation to use. It was informed by significant evidence of the community factors correlated with child maltreatment and a healthy community framework developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The tool maps community indicators at geographic levels defined by the user, from the state level down to neighborhoods. Casey Family Programs’ goal for the tool is to be used by community members, policymakers, child welfare leaders, city government officials, and other stakeholders to build hope and promote well-being for families and children. View the map!
For the Puget Sound Regional Council, Community Attributes Inc. conducted an industrial lands analysis of the Puget Sound four-county region. Analysis included an existing conditions assessment, examination of the economic contributions of industrial lands, future demand analysis and zoning recommendations. It also included economic significance in terms of employment, wages and multipliers, characterization of types of land uses and trends in land usage, fiscal impacts to municipalities, cataloging of anchor sectors and assets, supporting infrastructure, challenges and opportunities and best land use management practices. These efforts included extensive GIS mapping of various assets across all municipalities within King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap Counties.
In 2020, the Snohomish County Economic and Workforce Recovery Task Force partnered with Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) to develop an inventory of large potential employment sites located throughout Snohomish County that may be available to support employment uses, location, and expansion. The website-based employment land inventory identifies sites that may be ready for new private investment and details sites throughout Snohomish County that can support business attraction and expansion in communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Test the map here!
For the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), CAI is conducting a study of potential employment lands within Clark County. The analysis highlights vacant or potentially developable sites, or aggregations of parcels, large enough to support employment uses into the future. CAI’s work leverages methodology developed in a 2016 analysis of employment sites to assess and grade the development readiness sites based on factors such as utility infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, brownfields, use restrictions and market readiness. The findings from this study will be presented in a custom online tool built on CAI’s mapping platform CAI Live. CAI engaged with stakeholders convened from across the county, including every jurisdiction within the county as well as local real estate experts and leaders to leverage their expertise in assessing development readiness on a site-by-site basis. The final product with by a dynamic tool that CREDC, as the economic development organization in Clark County, can use to support countywide business location, expansion and retention efforts. This analysis identifies factors for development feasibility in a robust evaluation of employment land supply in Clark County. View the map here!
Michaela Jellicoe, project manager and lead analyst, with CAI Senior Economic Analyst Madalina Calen conducted a thorough economic and social impact and reach analysis of the Washington State Fair’s three annual events and events center facilities. This study has multiple components: an analysis of the direct impacts of the Washington State Fair, events at the fairgrounds and visitor spending; an analysis of the total economic impacts of the Washington State Fair to the City of Puyallup, Pierce County and Washington state; and an assessment of the social, educational, and cultural reach of the Washington State Fair. To do this, CAI leveraged public and private vendor data sources, conducted primary and secondary research, and interviewed stakeholders. In the end, CAI was able to tell a more complete story of the role the Washington State Fair plays in our economy, beyond the dollars and cents of the Fair’s spending and employment and their secondary impacts.
CAI, with Michaela Jellicoe as project manager and lead analyst, conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the economic impacts of the varied activities directly tied to port operations. The analytics include estimated direct activities – measured in jobs, income, and business output – directly supported by the above activities and associated nearby serviced directly tied to port operations and the broader economic fiscal impacts of these activities to the state economy.