Civic Economics was established in the summer of 2002, and by that Christmas we had released what is, to this day, our most downloaded study document.  

Since its founding, the work of Civic Economics has been nothing if not diverse, in both subject matter and geography.  One area to which we frequently return, however, is the economics of regional retail and service provision - what we've taken to calling the Civic Economics of Retail. 

Retail development and redevelopment bring significant impacts to any community. Civic Economics provides communities with the tools to manage those impacts, magnifying the benefits and mitigating the challenges. 

Civic Economics is the acclaimed leader in understanding the economics of regional retail and service activities. From its founding, the firm has focused on the critical and often misunderstood role of retail in economic development and urban planning policy.

Civic Economics analyzes the economics of retail and service provision using time-tested, industry standard approaches tailored to the needs and circumstances of each community. These include trade area analysis, demographic analysis, consumer and business surveys, retail prospect identification, retail gap analysis, adaptive reuse of mature retail centers, and economic and fiscal impact analysis.

More importantly, the partners of Civic Economics monitor the ever-evolving retail industry. We know where market forces are heading and what retailers are doing in response. We know, too, what other communities are doing, providing us with an unmatched knowledge of best and worst practices. In contrast to our larger, convention-bound peers and academic researchers, Civic Economics has developed innovative methodologies for analyzing this unique industry sector. 

the civic economics of retail

Google "Civic Economics" and what do you find? Countless citations to our groundbreaking work studying the economics of local retail and service provision. 

That work has earned feature stories in countless media outlets, including the Economist and the New York Times, and has influenced business organizations around the world.  Read on to see why.

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