Community Development Services

Strategic Planning – Every project needs a plan to achieve implementation. KLC CDS has the creativity and experience that leads a city from envisioning a project through implementing the idea. Turning dreams and big ideas into manageable, achievable implementation steps is the goal of every KLC CDS strategic plan. KLC CCS also provides follow-through and accountability milestones to insure that a project stays on-task and on-time.

Project Implementation – Having a plan is never enough, but it sure helps. KLC CDS can take your plan and create a step-by-step how-to for project implementation. From identifying stakeholders to the establishment of project teams, KLC CDS believes that implementation should be the outcome of every strategic plan. KLC CDS staff has been in the trenches in their own cities, helping to turn dreams into reality. It’s not always easy, but we make it as simple as it can be. That’s what KLC CDS can help you do.  Our philosophy is “any project can succeed if you have the right people on board and the political willpower to see it through.” 

Comprehensive Land Use Planning – Face it. Having to update the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan is a massive and often an expensive undertaking. Twelve to eighteen months of meeting and engaging EVERYBODY to understand how a city functions. And forecasting where a city could and should be over the next five years. KLC CDS staff has lived by Comprehensive Land Use Plans for decades. We have what it takes to get your city where it needs to be.  MORE INFORMATION about Comp Plans.  

Business Plan Development – Need a business plan with milestones and pro-forma budgeting? KLC CDS has you covered. Funders of projects – whether the funding is through government grants, philanthropic non-profit organizations or private donors – want to create a sustainable legacy. KLC CDS provides guidance and structure to develop a plain and easy-to-understand narrative along with the budget documents required to satisfy any funder’s requirements.

Meeting Facilitation – Does your city or city council need to discuss a thorny or political issue that requires an unbiased moderator? KLC CDS provides everything you need to have a productive community conversation. KLC CDS can assist in preparing an outcome-driven agenda, asking the right questions, listening to all sides and summarizing the results. Not every conversation is easy, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare either. It just requires an experienced facilitator. That is who we are.

Complex Problem Solving – Need assistance in drafting a complicated Request for Proposal or Request for Qualifications? Want to explain a complicated budget document to the public in language and visuals that folks can understand? Not every problem has a nice, neat and tidy answer. With KLC CDS’ broad experience and access to some of the most knowledgeable people in municipal governance, an answer can usually be found. Even if the answer isn’t the one you were expecting, KLC CDS will always find the answer that you need to make an informed decision.

Funding, Grant Writing and Administration – KLC CDS knows funding. With an experienced grant writer and grant administrator on the team, KLC CCS will work with your city to find a funding solution for your project. KLC CDS also partners with KLC’s Financial Services to create innovate funding solutions, no matter the size and cost of your project. KLC also offers a Step-by-Step Guide to Grant Writing at no charge.