CHARITA D. ALLEN
Consultant, Allen Economic Development Partners, Inc.
Allen Economic Development Partners was incorporated in 2013 after its founder, Charita Allen, spent nine years as Vice President of Urban Initiatives at Miami Dade County's Economic Development Partnership, "The Beacon Council." Most recently, Charita served in a four-year appointed position as Deputy Administrator Economic Development for Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, where she successfully designed and implemented the City's $2.5 million COVID-19 Small Business Response Grant and Loan program.
She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the International Economic Development Council, Urban Land Institute, and the Project Management Institute.
Charita's strategic planning and project implementation experience make her a much sought-after economic development consultant for complex projects and intricate initiatives that impact public infrastructure, zoning, and community redevelopment.
PRODUCTS and SERVICES
Allen Economic Development Partners works with municipalities, tax increment financing districts, developers, non-profits, and businesses focused on job creation, community revitalization, industrial development, and improved quality of life. The firm provides project consulting, staff support, and subcontracting services.
Project Feasibility Consulting
Conducting a well-informed hourly consultation provides high-level guidance and direction on the technical, operational, and economic feasibility of a program or project. Scheduling for hourly consulting is available.
Professional Services Staff Support
Providing experienced, professional economic development support to existing economic development staff is critical on publicly-funded initiatives. Assisting staff with strategic planning and pre-launch systems set-up is a core service.
Assembling talented multidisciplinary teams when bidding and/or working on projects should include economic development where infrastructure, workforce, and incentives play a role. Allen Economic Development Partners regularly serves in subcontracting roles for projects involving Industrial Development, Planning and Rezoning, and Community Redevelopment projects.
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Select 2021 Projects
• Subcontractor handling Market Analysis, Community Engagement, and Plan Development, under BusinessFlare LLC, for the Martin County Florida: Post-COVID 19 Recovery, Economic Development Action Plan and Implementation Matrix.
• Prime Contractor on Market Analysis, Infrastructure Inventory, and Fitment Recommendations for select vacant properties for the Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend Redevelopment Authority Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) 25
• Subcontractor handling Community Engagement, and Plan Development, under BusinessFlare LLC, for the Village of Palm Springs Community Redevelopment Agency Plan Update.
• Subcontractor handling Community Engagement and Plan Development, under Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA), for the North Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Market Analysis, Plan Development, and Implementation Strategies Plan.