Heyer, Gruel & Associates' employs
a team approach to all its work both at
the staff level and with our clients. We
are firm believers in public participation
whereby we combine client input and stakeholder
participation with thorough planning analysis
to provide accurate and useful plans that
address the needs of the community. For
plans to become more useful documents, they
must be issue oriented and focus on targeting
solutions that are implementable.
It has been our experience that truly successful
planning efforts require a high degree of
stakeholder and public involvement. We find
that no matter how carefully crafted plans
are, failure to fully engage stakeholders
reduces a Plan's effectiveness. Early in
all of our processes we meet with the community
officials to identify a list of potential
stakeholders. HGA then prepares and makes
recommendations for the distribution of
promotional material and press releases
to insure that maximum involvement is possible.
Simple legal notices about meetings typically
fail to elicit the kind of response necessary
to build consensus for the final document.
Since all of our communities are unique,
there is no one size fits all approach.
To truly engage the public, HGA employs
a graphics rich approach whereby photos,
maps, sketches, and renderings are used
to translate planning jargon into understandable
concepts. It is then that the public,
local officials and stakeholders are able
to develop a true vision that is sustainable.
Our consensus driven vision process works
to develop plans that can be implemented.
A plan that sits on the shelf gathering
dust does not benefit a community in any
way. Our plans routinely include implementation
agendas that take the goals of the plan
and turn them into measurable actions to
be taken by the various stakeholders and
public officials. HGA provides communities
with information about funding opportunities
from state and federal programs to help
implement their plans.