Karl F. Seidman Consulting Services advises public and private sector clients on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of economic development strategies and programs and on the analysis, planning and financing of real estate development projects. The firm's capabilities include:

  • economic development planning and strategy formulation 
  • economic and fiscal impact analysis 
  • program design and evaluation 
  • real estate and economic development finance 
  • market analysis and real estate feasibility analysis 
  • technical assistance and training

Since its formation in mid-1995, Karl F. Seidman Consulting Services has completed over forty projects for federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations, and private corporations and developers.

Consulting Approach and Principles

Our approach, based on extensive experience with successful projects and programs, combines:

  • thorough research and analysis to ensure sound decision making 
  • attention to the realities of effective implementation and operations 
  • creative and innovative approaches to strategies, tactics and problem solving 
  • close collaboration with the client and the firm's principal active involvement in aspects of consulting assignments. 
  • strong personal commitment to the economic and community development process and improving the well-being of regions, cities and communities

Several principles guide our work based on the view that economic development is the process of building sustainable competitive advantages based on strengthening key economic assets and linking them to business sectors with export and wealth-creation potential. These principles include:

  • Understanding economic and market fundamentals is critical to identifying economic development opportunities and designing feasible programs and projects 
  • Regional assets and economic resources are the foundation for building competitive advantage but require specialized investment and strong relationships with key business clusters to fully leverage assets and create sustained advantages 
  • Implementation is the most critical ingredient to successful economic development and requires strong knowledge of and attention to the financing, operations, and relationship-building entailed in economic development initiatives.

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