OUR SERVICES    Environmental Economics     Urban Planning     Institutional Capacity Building     Market Feasibility/Impact Analysis     Economic Development     Affordable Housing



Sustainable Job Creation
Downtown Revitalization
Business Retention Strategies
Place-Based Marketing
Economic and Demographic Forecasts
Community Engagement and Consensus Building
Commercial Feasibility Analysis
Land Use Planning


Crane Associates believes that successful economic development results from building upon the assets and skills already in a community. It requires empowering local leaders, connecting existing organizations, and capitalizing on a community’s physical, social, and natural assets. A community’s most valuable resources come from within and are the source of efficient and effective economic development solutions.

We work with communities of all sizes and lead them through community dialogue and problem solving methods.  We solicit public input, generate collaboration, and build consensus in a wide range of ways.  Our experience ranges from rural agricultural communities in America to post-conflict societies in Iraq.  We focus on the community’s most unique assets, accentuate the positive, and open productive dialogue with residents to uncover locally appropriate solutions to improve communities.

Crane Associates helps communities find the most appropriate balance between economic development and maintaining the highest quality of life. We test their solutions with detailed feasibility analyses. We identify and build upon a community’s uniqueness in order to enhance their competitive advantage. We help communities find the funding so they can move from plans to tangible community improvements.

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Testimonial:  “…Michael Crane and his company did a great job, went more than the extra mile, visited numerous times, performed many interviews that gave him a good overview of Belfast and our situation, created a very helpful document, always communicated professionally, clearly and expertly, and we are left feeling very and completely happy. We would engage them again without hesitation. We fully recommend Michael Crane and Crane Associates.”
Mayor Michael D. Hurley, City of Belfast, Maine