Our Approach

Urban Ventures Group, Inc.

A systems viewpoint

We draw on systems thinking to understand issues in their wider context and we frame strategies that fit the complexity of the environments in which they will be implemented.  

Organizational development

We understand organizational behavior and are skilled in designing solutions that work within complex organizational and inter-organizational settings.  


Urban Ventures Group, Inc. Is a consulting firm offering customized advice, planning services and technical support in urban revitalization and community development.  We work nationally for foundations, nonprofits, government agencies and public/private partnerships.     

Our four main areas of expertise are:  


Featured Projects

Woodward Corridor Initiative evaluation,

Detroit, MI

In Detroit, we are in the second year of a multi-year assessment of an innovative public-private revitalization and economic development initiative focused on neighborhoods along that city’s major health,education and arts institution corridor; this large-scale initiative is one of five such efforts receiving support from the national Living Cities funder consortium.  

Assistance in merging citywide workforce development organizations, Philadelphia, PA

In Philadelphia, we recently provided organizational design and development assistance in support of a merger of the city’s Workforce Investment Board and the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation into Philadelphia Works, Inc., a new, more unified workforce development agency with broader oversight over all workforce development funding, training and placement activities citywide.  

Result-focused strategies

Our planning and strategy development connects goals with clearly stated short- and longer-term results.  We also assist our clients in developing the tools needed to track progress toward agreed on outcomes.

Collaborative client-centered learning

We view every project engagement as an opportunity for joint learning with our clients and we employ state-of-the-art tools to ensure this occurs.