P.U.M.A. makes the economic case and develops strategies to promote places that are healthy, welcoming and offer meaningful opportunities for all community members.
Outreach to Underrepresented Populations (Ongoing) | Various Locations
P.U.M.A.’s outreach approach is intentional in including as many community members as possible, particularly those who are often underrepresented in public processes. We routinely convene meetings outside of a traditional meeting format and in places that are comfortable and convenient for community members to attend. For a master plan in downtown Lincoln, NE, P.U.M.A. initiated contact with key individuals, community organizations, service providers, churches, and other trusted entities adjacent to downtown to establish relationships with communities of color. Several community members continued to provide invaluable support throughout the duration of the project. In Denver, for a large-scale neighborhood planning project, P.U.M.A. engaged in outreach in neighborhoods where immigrant and refugee community members reside. Meeting invitations, surveys and other written materials were translated into Amharic, Burmese, Karen, Somali, and Spanish. Additionally, P.U.M.A. facilitated a dialogue with a group of refugee business owners to hear concerns, such as the impacts of gentrification, that are impacting their long-standing enterprises.
Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (2014-2019) | Colorado
P.U.M.A. was selected as the food access organization for the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F). CO4F finances grocery stores and innovative healthy food retail models in underserved communities throughout the state with the goal of improving healthy food access for Coloradans. The fund was seeded with money from the Colorado Health Foundation and is anticipated to leverage $20 million in investment. P.U.M.A. is responsible for marketing the fund as well as assisting borrowers with eligibility determination, application preparation and technical business assistance. P.U.M.A. works closely with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), the lending entity of the fund.
Public Restrooms Pilot Project (2018) | Denver, Colorado
In 2016, the City of Denver rolled out a mobile public restroom pilot project along key commercial corridors in and near downtown. After the mobile units were shown to be used often by a wide demographic, P.U.M.A. was hired in 2018 to explore the possibility of making the public restrooms permanent fixtures in the City. The P.U.M.A. team conducted extensive outreach to merchants, many of whom were bearing the brunt of providing restrooms to the public. P.U.M.A. made multiple face-to-face connections with more than 100 merchants, recording information, anecdotal evidence, and experiences in real time around the need for more public restrooms in Denver. We were able to build a strong social, economic, health, and humanitarian case for more permanent public restrooms in Denver as well as determining the best locations for permanent units.
Healthy Places Initiative (2013-2017) | Lamar, Colorado
Lamar was one of three communities chosen to participate in the Healthy Places Initiative, a groundbreaking effort funded by The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF) to encourage healthy lifestyles through changes to the built environment. Lamar received an initial evaluation from an advisory panel conducted by the national chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a $1 million grant from the Foundation to implement the ULI recommendations. P.U.M.A. was selected by TCHF to provide technical assistance. We worked with the community for three years on consensus building, public/private financing, organizational partnerships, downtown revitalization and economic development. P.U.M.A. also provided assistance to the City of Lamar in preparing a Greater Outdoor Colorado (GoCo) Grant to fund the “Lamar Loop,” one of the priority implementation projects identified during our Health Places work.
Westwood Neighborhood Healthy Places Initiative (2013-2017) | Denver, Colorado
The Westwood neighborhood in Denver was one of three communities chosen to participate in the Healthy Places Initiative, a groundbreaking effort funded by The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF) to encourage healthy lifestyles through changes to the built environment. Westwood received an initial evaluation from an advisory panel conducted by the national chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a $1 million grant from the Foundation to implement the ULI recommendations. P.U.M.A. was selected by TCHF to provide technical, with a focus on community consensus building, streetscape and park recommendations, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development through healthy places. We participated in numerous community engagement activities, including alley improvement workshops, Morrison Road streetscape enhancement charrettes and design review, and an assessment of the bicycle and pedestrian connectivity throughout the neighborhood.
Healthy Places Initiative (2013-2016) | Arvada, Colorado
Arvada was one of three communities chosen to participate in the Healthy Places Initiative, a groundbreaking effort funded by The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF) to encourage healthy lifestyles through changes to the built environment. Arvada received an initial evaluation from an advisory panel conducted by the national chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a $1 million grant from the Foundation to implement the ULI recommendations. P.U.M.A. was selected by TCHF to provide technical assistance for three years, with a focus on community consensus building, streetscape and park recommendations, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development through healthy places. Results included the installation of more than 40 new bike racks, major park improvements with new walking paths and adult fitness equipment, and a dog park. P.U.M.A. also provided long-term financial strategies including community-based funding mechanisms, special districts and local, state and federal grants.
Various U.S. Cities
EPA Local Food, Local Places (2016) | Various U.S. Cities
P.U.M.A. was selected as part of the team to provide technical assistance for the Local Foods, Local Places program, which is designed to help communities capitalize on the growing demand for local foods. The program is run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and regional partners. P.U.M.A. has conducted multi-day workshops to make the connections between local food systems, place-based considerations, and community and economic development goals. The resulting action plans identify specific steps for enhancing livability and place making through local foods. P.U.M.A.’s role on the team involved conducting market research, bringing community economic development expertise, and workshop facilitation.
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Quantifying the Economic & Health Benefits of Walkable Districts (2014) | Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Wheat Ridge 2020 hired P.U.M.A. to research and assemble compelling evidence to demonstrate the economic and health benefits of walkable and bikeable streets in business districts. The research was compiled in order to educate residents about the benefits of converting 38th Avenue, the city’s traditional Main Street, into a bike- and pedestrian-friendly environment. The deliverables included a sourced research paper, case studies from other cities, and stories from business owners along the 38th Avenue corridor who supported the conversion.
FRESH (2013) | Denver, Colorado
P.U.M.A. was contracted by Denver Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) to provide market research and profiles of grocers to develop strategies for attracting grocers to underserved market areas in Denver. The objective of the project was to create a market evaluation framework to assess the feasibility of encouraging grocery and fresh food outlets within communities in need. To do so, P.U.M.A. conducted primary research with mid-sized, small and specialty grocers to understand the market fundamentals; supported the city to develop preliminary food access and market data; compared the desired market characteristics with the preliminary data; and outlined market profiles in affected communities. Subsequently, P.U.M.A. was contracted to develop sample market profiles and to identify opportunities for enhancing city regulatory processes to encourage food retail development.