Organization
Strengthening a commercial corridor is an extremely complex task. All involved should recognize that conflict among competing interests does exist and efforts must be made to reconcile existing differences. Our firm provides experienced facilitation to pull together diverse groups of stakeholders, helping public entities, private-sector interest groups and residents realize their mutual interests and function in a consensus-oriented mode. Drawing upon the experience of such organizations as the League of Women Voters, the consensus-based model of partnership emphasizes 100 percent buy-in and all-around ownership of results—fosters strong leaders and broad-based support for positive change.  The following steps are essential to the task of successfully organizing commercial district projects:
  Identifying key representative constituencies
  Bringing them to "the table"
  Establishing a common set of priorities
  Recruiting sufficient resources to support agreed upon priorities
 
Planning
Once vital constituencies are assembled, strategic improvement plans are created. During this phase, all parties agree to project area definitions and directions.  Our firm provides plans that are usually comprised of:
  Inventories of district's assets and liabilities
  Strategies to be used to correct the liabilities identified
  Resources needed to support the strategies selected
  Sources of revenue and projected expenditures

 
Once a project is organized and planned, the firm can provide staff resources in a variety of configurations. Our sensitivity to local concerns, coupled with our knowledge of the purposes, objectives and goals of the local work program dictates how we develop staffing solutions. The firm's ability to allocate those resources needed at any particular moment to get the job done in the most efficient and cost-effective way is a proven asset. Our involvement from ‘Day One’ allows us to hit the ground running.

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with representatives of your community to help determine the most appropriate mix of volunteer and staff resources needed to move your improvement effort forward, and we could follow up that meeting with a detailed proposal.
 

 
Bayonne
Bergenfield
Bloomfield
Clifton Main Avenue
Clifton Botany Village
Cranford
Elizabeth

Englewood

Fair Lawn River Road
Fair Lawn Broadway
Freehold
Jersey City Historic
Downtown District
Jersey City Journal
Square Restoration Corp
Netcong
Rahway
Summit
Trenton

  Elizabeth
  North Bergen
  Plainfield
  
Jersey City

  Bernardsville
  Hightstown/East Windsor
  Englishtown
  Fort Lee
  Hoboken
  Keyport
  Maplewood
  Madison
  Montclair
  Mount Holly
  Rutherford
  Salem
  Spring Valley, NY
  Stanhope
  Teaneck
  Union
  Verona

The Community Advocates   450 Bloomfield Ave   Verona, NJ  07044

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