Our Affiliates

It takes a village.  Urban Decision Group is proud of its affiliates and resources.


Arch City Development has specialized in economic development issues since 2000. UDG often partners with Arch City’s founder Brian Higgins for larger planning projects.

Bowen National Research is a market and development research firm with nationwide experience.

From the BPS website: Burton Planning Services provides clients sustainable planning and environmental solutions that are timely, affordable, and customized for the client’s specific needs.

Gary Smith’s G2 Planning + Design firm focuses on community development and landscape architecture.

Vogt Santer Insights is a real estate research firm based in Columbus, Ohio.

Professional Organizations

The American Planning Association is the professional organization for certified planners in the United States.

From the IAMC website: “The Industrial Asset Management Council is the leading association of industrial asset management and corporate real estate executives, their suppliers and service providers, and economic developers.”

ICSC is a global retail real estate organization dedicated to connecting its members and promoting business growth.

From the NH&RA website: “NH&RA is a professional association of like-minded, successful and driven individuals who are involved in affordable housing, historic rehabilitation and New Markets Tax Credit development.”

From the ULI website: “ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.”

From the USGBC mission statement: “The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.”


ESRI is the leader of Geographic Information Systems. Urban Decision Group often utilizes ESRI products and data in its work.

Google’s search engine is where a good deal of research begins, but we’re really digging Google as a resource for APIs and web tools these days.

From the OGC website: “The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of 478 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards.”

From the Open Street Map website: “OpenStreetMap is a free worldwide map, created by people like you.”

From the PPS website: “Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.”

Ribbon Demographics provides HISTA data useful for real estate marketing analysis.

Smart Growth America is a coalition of like minded organizations and individuals dedicated to growing and sustaining great, healthy and beautiful neighborhoods.

Census data is the backbone to development projects. Urban Decision Group spends a fair amount of time here.

The American Community Survey supplements Census data with socioeconomic information gathered from ongoing surveys sampled from communities across the United States.