Immersive • Market-Based • Tactical

Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.) is a leader in guiding downtowns, neighborhoods, and communities to prepare for the future. Collaborative and inclusive, we immerse ourselves fully in each place we work to understand the community’s unique needs and opportunities. Our approach blends community aspirations with an understanding of local market conditions and national trends to create tactical plans designed to be implemented.

What We Do

Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.) is an economic development and planning firm that delivers community-based solutions to advance thriving downtowns, corridors and neighborhoods. A national leader in downtown and community development, we advise clients on a wide range of management, marketing, financial, urban design and implementation tactics to help communities and organizations create and sustain dynamic places.

What Our Clients Say About Us

“The Downtown Cleveland Alliance has contracted with the P.U.M.A. team numerous times over the last 12 years. We highly recommend them for your new downtown plan. P.U.M.A. provides great insight – national perspectives combined with a great understanding of local grass roots and equity building strategies – and fully understands the challenges and opportunities downtowns are currently facing.” 

~ Joe Marinucci, President & CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance 

“Progressive Urban Management Associates’ visionary and tactical thinking about urban place management was instrumental in the successful completion of our Downtown Berkeley strategic plan and district management plan.” 

John Caner, CEO, Downtown Berkeley Association

“We’ve worked with the talented staff at P.U.M.A. on a variety of different projects in a number of Rocky Mountain communities. Common to each project is the discipline and intelligence P.U.M.A brings to the table. Their staff is as skilled and comfortable in the hard-nosed details of characterizing a community’s economy as they are in developing sensible and beautiful urban design solutions. Plus, they’re fun to work with, approaching relationships in an easy-going and humorous manner—an underappreciated aspect of modern planning and urban development projects.” 

~John Lavey, Program Director, Community Builders

“I can’t thank P.U.M.A. enough. I was one of the founding members of the ‘Cliff’s Action Revitalization Team and the work P.U.M.A. has done has renewed my passion and given me hope that we can move forward. This is priceless.” 

~Kathy Reis, ‘Cliffs Action Revitalization Team (C.A.R.T.), Silver Cliff and Westcliffe, Colorado

“P.U.M.A.’s team brought extensive knowledge and professionalism to create a downtown plan that balanced community vision with local market feasibility. They are passionate about the work they do and the communities they work for. Each person on their team demonstrated a remarkable ability to communicate with, and relate to, a diverse group of downtown stakeholders, and they responded to a broad gamut of issues spanning from economic assessment, financing strategies, urban design, regulatory/zoning updates and more. The final plan was comprehensive in its analysis, attractive in its appearance and, most importantly, actionable in its recommendations.”

~ Sarah Hanzel, AICP, Long Range Planner II, City of Rapid City


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