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2021 Newsletter #11

Reflecting on Middletown, Celebrating NYC's Commitment to Climate Resiliency, and Welcoming New Teammates

Karp Strategies, on a team led by Cooper Robertson and in collaboration with Langan, is actively supporting the City of Middletown, Connecticut’s riverfront master plan. Known as Return to the Riverbend, the project will result in a long-term master plan that guides future growth and development of over 200 acres of Middletown’s riverfront near its downtown.

Karp Strategies is working on both stakeholder engagement and market analysis - and while market analysis is underway, engagement was front and center last month. On October 12th, 2021, Karp Strategies, Cooper Robertson, and the City hosted a virtual workshop to inform the community about Return to the Riverbend, and solicit their input for different types of land use and programming. Over 220 people joined us at the meeting’s peak, using tools like Zoom polls, Zoom chat, breakout rooms, Miro, and Mentimeter to actively participate in ways the attendees felt most comfortable. To ensure accessibility, there were also real-time English-to-Spanish interpreters available. The consultant and City teams are currently reviewing all feedback to inform the plan. A recording of the meeting is available on the City’s website - where you’ll also be able to find other materials and news about upcoming engagements. We are so proud of the team’s hard work and dedication to creating an effective and meaningful community engagement!


Recently, Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency (MOCR) announced that the City will allocate $110 million for a new capital project to address sea-level rise and storm surge threats to lower Manhattan. The funding will work in concert with the current Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan, which protects lower Manhattan neighborhoods from climate change risks, like coastal flooding and extreme weather patterns.

The Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan Study Area Source- SCAPE

Karp Strategies is proud to partner with NYCEDC on the Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan, and to support small business and stakeholder engagement during this historic moment for the City. Coming up soon, NYCEDC and MOCR are hosting virtual open houses to give the general public an opportunity to learn more about this Master Plan. If interested, please sign up for the virtual open houses on either November 17, 2021 from 5 PM - 7:30 PM or November 18, 2021 from 4 PM - 6:30 PM. Several Karp Strategies team members will be in attendance, and we can’t wait to see you there.


Karp Strategies is thrilled to announce our seven new teammates! Joining with backgrounds ranging from small business development to stakeholder engagement, the team continues to expand existing expertise - and bring new talents to bear.

Meet Jeri Renales, our Executive Assistant; Alan Patterson and Carlos Mandeville as our newest Consultants; Leah Yudin as a Senior Consultant; Michael Deveney as a Data Compliance & Contracts Administrator; and Hermanoschy Bernard and Samantha Sanchez as our newest Analysts. We are so excited to see what insights and perspectives that you share with our growing team and clients.


As we continue to grow, Karp Strategies seeks passionate and community-driven professionals to join our dynamic team. Check out our open positions here, and apply now!

The following positions are open:


The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is hosting the Wind+ Virtual Summit: The Digital Future of Wind, Solar, and Storage on November 16-17, 2021 from 8 AM - 4:30 PM. Learn more about the event here and register here.

The National Housing Conference is hosting its Solutions for Affordable Housing online event to explore policy solutions to address the nation’s most pressing housing challenges on November 17, 2021 from 11 AM - 5:30 PM. Learn more about the event here and register here.

The 3rd Infraday East is a 1-day Forum uniting 200+ senior infrastructure leaders live and 750+ virtual. Local, State and Federal authorities will unite with some of the top financiers, consultants, constructors, engineers and technology innovators to discuss new opportunities and challenges in delivering major infrastructure projects from 8 AM - 6 PM on November 17, 2021 . Learn more here and register here.

Join the Pratt Institute for a talk on homeownership, equity, and how urban planners can make a difference on November 19, 2021 from 9 AM - 12 PM. Learn more about the event here and register here.

Join ABNY TODAY for their Boardroom Breakfast with Holly Leicht, Executive Vice President of Real Estate Development and Practice for Empire State Development. Learn more here and register here.


Want to continue the conversation? We’d love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to connect with your network of partners and clients or to work with you. Reach out to us at


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