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P.U.M.A. Pontificates 2017-11-01T16:57:20+00:00


Rapid City Implements Plan Recommendations, Creates Innovation Center

From the moment in early 2016 when the P.U.M.A. team arrived to kick off the downtown planning process, it was obvious Rapid City leaders were eager to learn how to transform their downtown into a thriving urban core. Witnessing proactive and quick implementation of plan strategies is every urban planner’s dream. So we were thrilled to learn that public and private [...]

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

EcoDistricts Summit

By Yvette Freeman, P.U.M.A. Senior Strategist  Last month I had the privilege of attending the eighth annual EcoDistricts Summit in Atlanta. I was introduced to EcoDistricts last year when Denver was the host, and I was amazed at the way gentrification was discussed -- candidly, openly and with a lens on equity and race. The distinctive quality about the EcoDistricts organization, its [...]

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

To Attract Amazon, Let’s Invest in Ourselves

By Brad Segal, published in the Denver Business Journal, Sept 22, 2017 In pursuing Amazon’s HQ2, the holy grail of economic development, Denver finds itself in a most unlikely position – a favorite. The irony is most appreciated by those of us that have been involved in the evolution of this city since the 1980s. Then an economic basket case, metro [...]

October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

All In Denver: New Voices and New Choices in Denver’s Growth Debate

Last week’s election emphasizes the importance of local initiative.  Good things happened in Denver – school funding and bonds were approved for DPS, the region supported arts and culture through an extension of the SCFD tax and state voters approved a significant increase to the minimum wage.  Since the summer, we at P.U.M.A. have been supporting the creation of a new [...]

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

2017 Global Trends Report Now Available!

The 2017 edition of P.U.M.A.’s Global Trends Report highlights opportunities arising from converging shifts in demographics, lifestyles and competition that are rapidly shaping our cities.  An award-winning research effort, P.U.M.A.’s Global Trends Report is a go-to resource for downtown management organizations, business leaders and local decision-makers. 2017 marks the tenth year that Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.) has conducted ground breaking [...]

September 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

On Gentrification and Social Equity

P.U.M.A. senior strategist Yvette Freeman offers the dual insight of having lived in a neighborhood that has undergone gentrification and worked for downtown business improvement districts that are promoting community vitality.  The following comments were made by Yvette to set the stage for a discussion on Gentrification and Social Equity at the recent International Downtown Association annual conference in San Francisco. [...]

October 12th, 2015|4 Comments