Does your community
need more people?

Creative Placemaking is a people-centered approach to building strong, vibrant communities. It helps communities achieve economic and population growth through cultural and entrepreneurial amenities, concepts, and catalytic projects.

Our goal is to learn your community’s needs, help address your challenges, and provide a comprehensive strategy, engaging our partners when and where their expertise is needed. We work with you to create the amenity, we figure out how to finance it, then help you identify the resources to build and operate.

Once a community is thriving and has the amenities that can attract and retain top talent, businesses relocate and/or expand, growing the local economy and enhancing quality of life.

How it works

  • Community Visioning

    We organize visioning sessions to get a sense of what works in your community, and what could be improved from those that live there!

  • Capacity Assessment

    We identify the strengths of the community and the assets: business owners, existing infrastructure, etc. that could help move the community forward.

  • Action Plan

    We provide you with a specific action plan! No hundred-page document to sift through, just the steps forward.

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What our clients say

  • “The return on our investment in MEC's services is a new-found enthusiasm in up-to-date development planning, which was precisely our aim. For a number of years, we’ve urged local leaders to appreciate the role of the creative economy in community development. With MEC's message, they now get it and we forged new alliances to take this work forward. In addition, his connections produced wider recognition of our community and placed it on regional and statewide radars on which we previously did not appear. Two words: worth it!”

    Scott Buchanan Algona, Iowa

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