Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What Advance Planning Associates, LC does...

Advance Planning Associates, LC has expertise that encompasses the design and creation of location strategies for business; industry, government and the growing segment of not-for-profits in the global market and economy of today. Our core area services include:

Site Selection
Business Geography
Community Development

Site Selection is a designed process that results in the site choice best suited to the environment of the business or industry and that leads to the successful perpetuation of qualities to that particular organization. Site selection is the spatial location of an actual or planned structure or set of structures using criteria defined by the client coupled with carefully measured due diligence.

Business Geography synthesizes analysis, technology and practical experience to improve real estate development and investment activities. Business Geography utilizes the power of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technologies, analysis, and data. Region, movement, human-environmental interactions, place and location are the geographic themes considered essential to the well being of an organizations future.

Planning is an analytical process that considers the physical, social and economic aspects of communities while examining the connections between them. The planning process includes the consideration of existing conditions and the future trends of an area or region. The planning process includes detailed analysis and strategic alternatives for solving problems in a coordinated and comprehensive manner. The tools of planning implementation include such things as land use controls and economic develop strategies. Planning is the application of foresight to action.

Community Development is the process of helping a community and region strengthen itself and develop towards its full potential. We work in partnership with local people and organizations to meet identified needs. We help find funds with grant and loan applications, self-help and long term commitment to sustaining business support. We believe that self-activation, leadership, education and sustainable community and economic goals are key components of sustainable development.

Advance Planning Associates, LC applies years of experience with the defined process of our core services to provide you with choices that perpetuate your business goals. Our InSite Selection System, which can be applied to each core area, helps provide the foresight you need to bring plans into action

Our Services
Custom Site Selection - Site Selection Analysis - Site Selection Scoping - Due Diligence -Project Management Services - Business Geography - Geographic Information Systems - Business Location Analysis - Business Location Assistance - Planning & Community Development - Comprehensive Planning - Strategic Planning· Land Use Concerns - Conceptual Planning - Zoning Matters - Subdivision - Project Planning - Town Planning - Downtown Planning - Entitlements - Grant Applications - Community Sessions - Community Strategies - Presentations - Workshops - Public Presentation Strategies - Workshops and Retreats - EDA & EDC Evaluations - Marketing Assistance - Real Estate Development - Adaptive Re-use Strategies - Adaptive Design Programming - Retrenchment Approaches - Downtown Development - Land Asset Management

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Business Geography and Site Selection

The critical importance of business geography and custom site selection is evident in the business decisions that we are all reading about these days. Click on the link and read how decisions were not based just on financial metrics but on GEOGRAPHY AND SERVICE AREAS....

Dealers dealt blow, but also opportunity - Detroit News and ...
...Indicating the decisions were not based on financial metrics but on geography and overlapping service areas. He said the goal was to avoid situations where a Dodge dealer is across the street from a Chrysler dealer.

Monday, May 11, 2009

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
Marcel Proust

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Consider your figurehead

"Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love."
Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Figureheads on ships conveyed a sense of prosperity that reflected favorably on the vessel's owners, crew, builders, and often it’s community. When the owners ordered a ship for construction, they often decided on a figurehead that was an additional cost. The carving was placed in the bow so that its eyes could find the way and the positive properties, directly or indirectly, further the purpose of the journey.

Today, more than ever, we engage our clients in an initial conference about the purpose of their project. This first meeting that we call a "scoping session" helps identify the purpose of the project and provides the eyes or vision. Not unlike the journeys of a tall ship, projects today require financial risk, plenty of "up-front" money and a journey or project time-line that can last years. To achieve a sense of prosperity the development projects of today need the same attention. The project, it's owners, staff as well as the community all need a constant “figurehead” vision to guide the often, long journey of their project from start to finish.

Advance Planning Associates, LC wants you to think about purpose. We are prepared to help you consider that figurehead, guiding the way and further the purpose of your journey.

We love what we do, many of our clients we count as our friends, and like the pangs of disappointed love we understand that the journey to success does not come without disappointment along the way.