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January 2020 | KStrat Year In Review + Looking Ahead

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

2019 was a busy and fulfilling year for Karp Strategies. Our projects brought us to the ports of New York and New Jersey, the libraries of Brooklyn, the waterfront of the East River in Manhattan, and the streets of Long Island City, Queens. As the new year begins, we are reflecting on the clients, partners, and community members we have engaged with during 2019. 

In 2019, our projects varied from market analysis to stakeholder engagement to strategic planning. We are looking forward to tackling new geographies, issue areas, and opportunities in the coming months

Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Resilience Project

The destructive impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Lower Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood underscored the vulnerability of New York City’s coastal communities to natural disasters. AECOM is leading a collaborative resiliency strategy to protect Lower Manhattan residents for the City of New York. Karp Strategies joins the team to support community engagement, communicating important project information helping ensure that residents’ voices are heard throughout the process. Learn More.

Operations Analysis, Tenant Engagement + Project Management for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ)

PANYNJ is evolving in response to an ever-changing industry that faces growth in the size of ships, climate change, and new types of competition. CH2M/Jacobs is working with PANYNJ to study and analyze critical wharf infrastructure with the goal of recommending a course of action to replace or repair important assets. Karp Strategies serves as a strategic partner conducting operations analysis, facilitating client workshops, engaging key businesses who rely on the ports, and providing project management support to advance the project. Learn more.

Interview with Risa Shoup, Karp Strategies’ Newest Senior Consultant.  2019 was marked by exciting growth for Karp Strategies, including our newest Senior Consultant, Risa Shoup. We are thrilled to have Risa on the Karp Strategies team! We sat down with Risa to talk about urban planning, community development, and how she applies our people, data, place methodology. 

“We approach our work both compassionately and rigorously. We’re rigorous in that we look at every possible angle and compassionate in that we don’t assume the numbers tell the full story.” - Risa Read the full Q&A with Risa.

Congratulations Ali Sutherland-Brown on being named a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum. Ali will be joining fellow designers, planners, developers, public officials, scholars, and others all building dynamic, equitable, and resilient cities. 

New Yorkers for Parks Open Space Dialogues. In November, Rebecca Karp joined Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, Bobby Digi, President & CEO of Island Voice, and moderator Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor at City Limits, at New Yorkers for Parks's panel on open space in NYC neighborhoods. Watch the exciting conversation that took place here

Congratulations to our friends and former partners at the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC). DBEDC has received a $100,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to build climate resilience and improve health! You can learn about the market analysis of the small business lending market in Boston that Karp Strategies conducted for DBEDC here

We will be out and about! Join us as we keep our finger on the pulse of key issues impacting our region.

New York Building Congress Women's Professional Development Series Workshop: The "Speak to Influence", January 29 | Learn More.

Participation(s) Otherwise Panel and Open Discussion, January 30 | Michaela Kramer and Aline Estefam will be attending. Join Us. 

International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Leadership Summit, February 9 -11 | Rebecca Karp will be joined by, Gabe Rodriguez-Garriga, SVP, Detroit Regional Partnership, and Perry Newman, CEO, Dorchester Bay EDC, presenting Approaches to Equitable Economic Development in Urban Markets. Join Rebecca and Ali Sutherland-Brown in Tampa, Florida. Register here

Interise 2020, March 9-11 | Rebecca Karp will be presenting a keynote SolveIt talk, Thriving in Place: How Small Businesses Can Stay Competitive, Build Community Wealth and Increase the Dynamism of the Urban Markets Where They Located. Register to join Rebecca.

Want to continue the conversation? We’d love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to attend events with your network of partners and clients or to work with you. Feel free to drop us a line at


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