Urban3’s work was an eye-opener. Anyone interested in encouraging economic growth should build on a foundation of understanding the tax implications of differing choices. Urban3 provides that critical foundation.
— Rick Bernhardt, Executive Director, Nashville Metro Planning

Urban3's work changes the way leaders and stakeholders view development in their communities. We are a leader in data visualization, property tax analysis and return on investment modeling.

Urban3 is a consulting firm specializing in land value economics, property and retail tax analysis and community design. We seek to empower our clients with the ability to promote development patterns that secure a community's fiscal condition while reinforcing a stronger sense of place.

Our company name acknowledges that cities and towns are a "cubed" or 3-dimensional representation of space. This space, created by the built environment, is the basis of urban design. We strive to provide a deeper understanding of this environment by measuring data and visualizing its results.

Urban3’s visualizations are composed using local data and create a snapshot of the fiscal health of a community. We think of it as our clients’ Economic MRI™. The visuals not only reflect the relative fiscal potency of development patterns, but aid decision makers in delivering a clear and data-driven understanding of the economics of place. Our 3-D images are a new way of seeing the world in which fiscal efficiency is immediately apparent.

Mapping and analyzing the financial health of a community helps policymakers and practitioners prioritize capital improvements and community design decisions. Our method simplifies complex information to include everyone in real conversations about community growth. Through our visualizations, communities have the resources to make informed decisions about future development.

Our parent company, Public Interest Projects, Inc. (PIP) – a for-profit real estate development company – has over twenty years of operating experience in Asheville, NC. The company has been responsible for the renovation of numerous properties, along with providing financial and management support for more than 18 downtown businesses. Their work has been recognized locally, regionally and internationally. Urban3 was created by PIP as an independent consulting firm with a mission to bring a data-driven approach to the practice of building community.

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