The Collaborative Firm brings ideas to life. We pride ourselves in optimal client delivery that exceeds expectations. Our process begins with a collaborative team of professionals assigned to a given project from conception to completion. This integrated team approach provides an opportunity for a diverse group of experts to work in collaboration to achieve a common goal to deliver an impeccable project to the client.
The Collaborative Firm has provided consultant services to the City of College Park to create a Comprehensive Plan based on the City’s specific needs and goals. Additionally, The Collaborative Firm’s planners serve the community along city staff to provide exceptional customer service concerning planning and zoning matters. This includes approving business license applications, reviewing building permits, and completing zoning verification letters. The Firm’s planners are also serving as key staff on the team responsible for developing the long-term Airport City Project – a major Planned Development Project consisting of over 300 acres.
The Collaborative Firm is subcontracted to provide community engagement support for the City of South Fulton Parks Master Plan Design & Implementation. The firm attends and assists with community and steering committee meetings; facilitate steering committee vision presentations. The firm conducts one-on-one interviews with elected officials. In addition, the firm supports the city council needs and priorities for the assessment finding presentation. The firm also conducts charrette meetings and provides summaries and special events input, as well as maintaining a solid partnership throughout the five phases of this project.
The Collaborative Firm leads the public outreach component for the Stonecrest Transportation Master Plan (TMP) which will address transportation issues and identify mobility solutions to enhance access with the City of Stonecrest. Through a tiered-approach of engagement within the City of Stonecrest outreach activities are inclusive, informative and collaborative, to build consensus across a broad range of diverse stakeholder groups. The Firm outreach strategy community engagement tools include pop-up tables at various locations throughout the city, focus group presentations and discussions with targeted groups and organizations, presentations to elected officials, surveys both hard-copy and on-line, and social media posts on City of Stonecrest website.
The Collaborative Firm serves on the team responsible for managing the Clayton County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) projects. The Firm’s responsibilities include coordinating with program management and county leadership in identify opportunities for community involvement and support for events and activities to promote the Clayton SPLOST Program. Community Engagement staff are also responsible for identifying key stakeholders, supporting the community advisory committee, coordinating community engagement meetings, providing Clayton County website updates, composing quarterly newsletters, and communicating key messaging of SPLOST projects via collateral materials, presentations and social media outlets.
In support of the Project Management Team (PMT) responsible for the Cobb County Comprehensive Transportation Plan - Cobb Forward, The Collaborative Firm developed the Public Participation Plan (PPP) which outlines the engagement process including a strategic outreach approach. Outreach efforts outlined the vision and needs of the community’s desires for multimodal mobility throughout Cobb County.
The Collaborative Firm serves in multiple capacities for Douglas County, including developing the County’s first Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) that includes the cities of Douglasville, Austell and Villa Rica. The plan will serve as a blueprint to guide countywide transportation development over a 25-year period. We also lead public involvement efforts in Douglas County to define the process for providing stakeholders, civic groups, and members of the general public with opportunities to participate throughout the process.
The current role for The Collaborative Firm in Douglas County is to lead the Rebranding and Educational Campaign for Douglas County Transportation Services - Connect Douglas. Rebranding services include creating a marketing and public information campaign with collateral materials, social media outreach, community events, printed ad campaigns, electronic newsletters and targeted outreach as identified by Douglas County officials and key staff to support the success of the Connect Douglas and the Fixed Route Bus Service for Douglas County.
The Collaborative Firm serves on the Program Management Team to provide communications and public involvement support for the DeKalb County SPLOST program. The DeKalb County SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) is a one-cent sales tax that provides funding exclusively for capital projects – roads, buildings, vehicles and major equipment, and other long-lived improvements. Public involvement efforts in DeKalb County focuses on identifying key stakeholders, supporting the community advisory committee, coordinating community engagement meetings and events, and communicating key messaging of SPLOST projects via collateral materials, presentations and social media outlets.
The Collaborative Firm is key to the development and marketing of the DeKalb Transit Master Plan which focuses on creating an environment where transit is a seamless part of living, working and playing in DeKalb County. The plan components focus on improving residents’ quality of life and businesses’ bottom lines. The Firm supported partnerships between the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA), and DeKalb county government by overseeing all elements of outreach.
The Collaborative Firm developed the Public Involvement Plan for the Connectivity & Access Study that identified opportunities for the team to involve key stakeholders and neighborhood organizations in the study. The Firm summarized the data collected from key stakeholders and neighborhood organizations regarding identifying ways to provide convenient access between Fort Mac and surrounding communities. The primary goal of the Connectivity and Access Study is to help the Fort Mac LRA to understand and identify initiatives that could offer the community improved connectivity within the planned Fort Mac Redevelopment and allow the community to have a voice in the decision-making process.
The I-285/I-20 West Interchange project calls for improvements of the interchange and addition of lanes along I-20 in Cobb, Douglas, and Fulton counties. The Collaborative Firm Community Engagement staff are key to the development and marketing of a Public Involvement Plan for the project. Other responsibilities include identifying elected officials, organizations, groups, large employers, key stakeholders and neighborhood organizations to discuss project plans, share schedule projections and address any questions or concerns. When complete, the project will improve traffic flow and safety at the I-285/I-20 West Interchange through lane widening and improvements on I-20 eastbound and westbound between Thornton Road and the I-285 interchange.
The Collaborative Firm Community Engagement staff are key to the development and marketing of a Public Involvement Plan for the project. Other responsibilities include identifying elected officials, organizations, groups, large employers, key stakeholders and neighborhood organizations to discuss project plans, share schedule projections and address any questions or concerns. The I-285 Westside Express Lanes will add express lanes consisting of one new buffer-separated express lane in each direction on I-285 between I-20 and I-75 in Fulton County and Paces Ferry Road in Cobb County. The I-285 Westside Express Lanes will be part of the larger Georgia Express Lanes network.
The Collaborative Firm managed all outreach efforts of the MARTA Station Rebranding and Renaming Project by engaging citizens in discussions regarding the MARTA Renaming Policy. MARTA’s consideration of renaming selected stations was to ensure that all stations are easily identifiable for the commuting public, to keep up with the city’s changing landscape and to better reflect the neighborhoods where each station is located. The Firm led community participants in discussions and interactive activities that reflected on the geographic location, iconic or historic landmarks and changing communities. Outreach included meetings, presentations, hard-copy and on-line surveys, social media campaigns and partnerships with organizations and groups to share information and receive comments and naming ideas.
The Collaborative Firm serves on the Program Management Team to provide communications and public involvement support for the South Dekalb Mobility Hub Feasibility Study. The study will identify and assess the area for the proposed development at or around the transit facility. In addition to creating a Public Involvement Plan for the project, other responsibilities will include identifying organizations, large employers, key stakeholders and neighborhood groups to discuss project plans or concepts, share schedule projections and address any questions or concerns. Community Engagement staff will be key in making sure information is gathered and disseminated throughout the process.
The Collaborative Firm supports the planning, design and environmental development of this project with planning and community engagement services. These services include ongoing coordination with the Project Management Team to insure MARTA’s goals and objectives are achieved. Community Engagement will include but not be limited to identifying business and civic organizations, key community stakeholders and neighborhood groups to discuss project plans or concepts, share schedule projections and address any questions or concerns. Throughout the process citizens will be encouraged to participate in public meetings, corridor tours, surveys and focus groups.