Sustainable Strategies DC is a government affairs & strategic consulting firm helping communities obtain resources for revitalization & key priorities.


Efficient transportation and other infrastructure is critical to the success of communities. The safe movement of people and goods, as well as reliable water delivery and electric distribution, are critical building blocks for economic development. As transportation and infrastructure systems across the United States age, local leaders must consider whether and how these systems can support community planning priorities. Sustainable Strategies DC has helped numerous cities tackle their transportation and infrastructure challenges, including:

Success: Downtown Ithaca Commons Repair and Upgrade

Client: Ithaca, New York

Project Name: Ithaca Commons Transportation Hub

Description: The Ithaca Commons is a two-block pedestrian mall that serves as the social and economic heart of Ithaca. Originally built in 1973, the Commons faced a number of challenges including aging infrastructure with water and sewer pipes over 100 years old and degraded and crumbling surfaces that needed to be addressed in order for the City to pursue its central business district revitalization plan. Funds were used to update the bus transit system as well as improve pedestrian walks and accessibility to meet growing demand. The upgrades also included a rapid bus transit loop between downtown Ithaca and Cornell University. 

Funding Awarded:

  • DOT State of Good Repair Grant - $4.5 million (2012)

Success: Dubuque Historic Millwork District Revitalization

Client: Dubuque, Iowa

Project Name: Historic Millwork District Compete Street

Description: Dubuque’s Millwork District once housed the largest mill working plants in the world producing millions of doors and windows, mouldings, and window sash. When the Millwork District flourished, employees walked to work, shopped in neighborhood stores, and relaxed at area venues. With the closure of these businesses, the connectedness of the neighborhood disintegrated. The revitalization of the Historic Millwork District has created a mixed-use commercial and residential space through the conversion of buildings into multi-use structures containing businesses, restaurants, shops, recreational facilities, and residences. The project has also capitalized on the historic charm and existing building space in the district to retain the it's unique character and maintain a link to Dubuque's industrial history.

Funding Awarded:

  • DOT TIGER Grant - $5.6 million (2009)

  • EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant - $400,000 (2013)

  • EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement (2013)

Success: Ranson-Charles Town Green Corridor Revitalization

Client: Ranson, West Virginia

Project Name: Ranson-Charles Town Green Corridor Revitalization

Description: Two separate TIGER grants plus state grants were used to plan and constructed a new central, complete street corridor connecting the cities of Ranson and Charles Town in rural Jefferson County, WV.  New corridor was constructed, and existing portions of Fairfax Boulevard and George Street were transformed into an innovative, walkable, complete green street anchored by a new Charles Washington Hall community center. This package of street and transit improvements reduced sprawl, created focused growth, made the area walkable, and increased transit accessibility. 

Funding Awarded:

  • Two DOT Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant - $6 million (2013, 2015)

  • WV Department of Transportation Grants - $3.6 million (2015, 2017)

  • Two Opportunity Zone designations (2018)