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Customized engagement software and strategy

Bringing the benefits of online community engagement to everything from mixed-use developments to public art plans to nuclear reactors – and all that’s in between.

Commercial Real Estate Developers

Activate silent supporters and build trust

JBG SMITH connected with hundreds of silent supporters on coUrbanize, allowing them to demonstrate real support for their Central District Retail project at the final hearing – and achieving unanimous approval from Arlington County.

JBG SMITH case study Case study
JBG SMITH case study

Affordable Housing

Overcome bias and educate the community

WinnCompanies’ inclusive outreach on coUrbanize built trust and earned support for plans to revitalize the aging Mary Ellen McCormack public housing.

Mary Ellen McCormack case study Case study
Mary Ellen McCormack case study


Activate a broader audience to receive diverse input

The City of Cambridge committed to engaging the public in their search for a new City Manager, gathering nearly 5,000 comments on their coUrbanize site.

Cambridge City Manager Search case study Case study
Cambridge City Manager Search case study
Kendall Square at MIT


Communicate with stakeholders and share your vision

Boston Properties kept key stakeholders informed and excited about a multiyear project to improve the Kendall Square area of MIT campus.

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Philadelphia Navy Yard

Planning Consultants

Gather better feedback 
and complement in-person efforts

AECOM engaged the Philadelphia community to create a future plan for the Navy Yard that will elevate it into a world-class employment and recreation destination.

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Southline case study

Public Relations Consultants

Manage the conversation and communicate with relevant stakeholders

Lane Partners secured not one, but two City Council approvals for a tech and life sciences campus in the notoriously NIMBYist Bay Area.

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Womanhood case study


Bringing best-practice community engagement to every unique project

Womanhood, a Santa Clara County public arts project, used the coMap tool to solicit community recommendations on areas for art honoring local women.

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Chuck Berman

It is rare to come across a team of people who are so enthusiastic about their product and equally so customer service oriented. As developers, we have always thought it important to engage with our neighbors and the community at large. We need that feedback, good and bad, to improve what we build. coUrbanize has proven to be invaluable.

Chuck BermanCo-Founder and Managing Principal, BedRock Real Estate
Molly Ekerdt

coUrbanize helped us put together a comprehensive platform where people could learn about our project and build a sense of community and excitement around it. Their staff understands development and have been able to provide valuable support along the way.

Molly EkerdtVice President, Preservation of Affordable Housing
Andrew Van Horn

With a project of this scale and this much potential development, we really wanted to find new opportunities to access community members who couldn’t show up at board hearings and wait six hours to testify.

Andrew Van HornFormer Executive Vice President, JBG SMITH
Mayu Takeda

We’re always striving to make outreach more equitable and accessible, so adding a virtual component to our engagement practices is a huge leap forward. Ultimately, more community members shared their stories and ideas because of coUrbanize.

Mayu TakedaSenior Planner, Asakura Robinson
Brian Collins

The pandemic’s limitations on in-person engagement made it harder to interact in person with the local community. coUrbanize has helped us through this period in very meaningful ways. Overall, what we’ve heard from the community through coUrbanize has been positive, productive, and very useful to the project.

Brian CollinsExecutive Vice President and Director of Development, Silverstein Properties

Community Member Voices

Lisa G.

Lisa G.

I thought I would see if by chance the developer was interested in adding artist housing. I got an in-depth response from them saying yes, they would include artist housing in the project. I was thrilled! I had no idea my comment would come to anything.
Jessie R.

Jessie R.

I am so glad I scanned the QR code on the sign at the corner of Merritt and Martin. I am excited to hear about this project, and I love that you are asking for feedback from the community! Being a small business owner, I think any opportunities to make it more affordable for small businesses to rent are important.
Lindsey N.

Lindsey N.

I am currently on disability for a chronic illness I’ve had since I was a kid. I applied through HUD to live in this neighborhood once it’s complete and hope I get chosen from the waiting list. It looks beautiful and I would love to be a part of the progress!

Tools & Resources

22 Urban Planning Twitter Accounts You Should Follow Blog

22 Urban Planning Twitter Accounts You Should Follow

It has been well-documented that income, education, and race are correlated with access to green space, but the pandemic highlighted these stark divides. As we continue the conversation about inequities in planning, we’re sharing a list of some of our favorite thought leaders in the space.
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