In 1979, RSG started providing community and economic development services to a few clients.  More than thirty years later, improving the social and economic wellbeing of communities is not only at the core of our business, it is the driving force behind our passion for the work we do. We take pride in advising public and private clients to help make strategic investments and improvements in their communities.  We like it, and we excel at the mechanics of it:  planning new projects, analyzing real estate, implementing specific plans, financing projects, soliciting developers, and growing and retaining businesses. Our results are straightforward, functional, and effective.

Market Analysis
RSG’s real estate brokerage background provides our clients with sophisticated tools and insight on real estate trends and opportunities. We do our homework, and never rely on theoretical models that overlook local influences and preferences.  As an alternative to traditional market studies, RSG is working to pioneer the development of trends analysis; market studies that analyze local economic drivers over a long period of time in order to align strategic planning with land use policies.

Economic Development
Our economic development work is collaborative, designed to help clients make progress, not just plans. While the process is neither exact nor fully predictable, our objective in any economic development engagement is to ensure that the short-term gains and easier wins help fuel long-term strategies that withstand the test of time.

Management of CALED’s LEAP Program

In 2017, the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) partnered with RSG to expand their Local Economic Advisory Program (LEAP), an innovative technical assistance program helping cities, counties, and other communities across California achieve their economic development objectives. The hallmark of the LEAP program is a one- or two-day event during which four leading economic development experts visit a community to tackle a specific strategic, policy, or program challenge presented by community leaders. The event culminates with the experts’ presentation to elected officials, staff, and business leaders, outlining near-term recommendations and action steps. Click Here to Learn More about the LEAP Program

Business Development and Business Retention
Starting from a community’s core competencies, and expanding to understand the regional marketplace, RSG is able to identify growth and diversification opportunities that create sustainable sources of jobs and municipal revenues.  RSG has planned, designed, and implemented marketing and new business solicitation campaigns for our clients. 

Advisory Committee and Community Outreach
Stakeholder support for community development and redevelopment is more essential now than ever before.  RSG regularly coordinates and leads community workshops with residents, property owners, and businesses.

Project and Program Implementation
Many of our clients retain RSG as contract staff to manage the day-to-day activities of economic development and redevelopment programs, including new development projects, rehabilitation projects, business improvement projects, business recruitment, site selection and acquisition, and financing.  RSG also assists public clients in implementing programs such as façade improvement programs, branding and marketing campaigns, infrastructure development programs and business solicitation. If additional resources are needed to implement your project or program, RSG can help identify outside funding sources and write the grant application.