Hone Strategic has worked with groups of all sizes to help them identify and prioritize their goals, from local governments, to nonprofit organizations, to business associations, and the public. We specialize in developing and facilitating public outreach and engagement strategies to ensure inclusivity in planning and development projects.
We believe that community and economic development should be equitable and sustainable. Our holistic, data-centered approach informs our tailored solutions for your city, organization, or project. Among our services include: long-term master planning and economic strategy development; market and industry cluster analyses; feasibility studies; and leveraging public and private funding sources.
Our portfolio of planning services includes: environmental and land use planning, community planning, comprehensive planning, heritage and tourism planning, downtown revitalization and urban planning, regional planning, waterfront planning, urban design, and transportation planning.
“GIS” is an acronym for a Geographic Information Systems, which is a software program used to visualize, manage, store, and and analyze spatial data. GIS can be used to create simple maps or perform complex analyses. Our wide range of mapping services have previously included environmental impact analyses, site suitability assessments, cultural asset maps, survey maps, geocoding, and customer reach analyses.
We use a rigorous, data-driven research process for all planning projects.
Berky authored the Ulster County Open Space Plan, which provides a framework for coordinated management and protection of the county's vast natural and cultural resources. This plan involved significant stakeholder participation and is founded on sound resource management policies that reflect the needs and values of the people and places of the county.
The Midtown Kingston Cultural Assets Mapping Project identifies over 350 cultural assets and recommends how they can be leveraged to complement Kingston’s comprehensive plan and support sustainable economic development in Kingston. This project is the first of its kind in the Hudson Valley region.
Waterfronts often contain significant heritage resources, but also present a number of challenges, including flooding and former industrial contamination (i.e., brownfields). Hone Strategic has experience with a number of waterfront projects, including redevelopment, climate change adaptation, and post-flood planning.
Urban agriculture has the potential to transform the way people access local, healthy foods. This study identified barriers to urban farming in Kingston and provided recommendations for planning, zoning, and strengthening the local institutional climate.
In collaboration with RUPCO and other community partners, Hone Strategic administered a survey to document the neighborhood change taking place in Midtown Kingston. The survey results provided valuable input for the City of Kingston and will be used to inform future community and economic development.
Jennifer Schwartz Berky served as the U.S. Advisory Council for Historic Preservation delegate to ICCROM, a UNESCO program focused on integrated and territorial conservation of the Ligurian coastal region of the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape. This work contributed to the Cinque Terre National Park's inclusion on the World Monument Watch’s 100 most endangered sites and a sustainable economic development plan for the region.
The dual oil and gas pipeline proposed by Pilgrim Pipeline LLC will traverse a 175-mile stretch in NY and NJ. Using a regional systems approach, Hone Strategic created a natural resources map to communicate the potential impacts the proposed pipeline could have on the Hudson Valley’s sensitive resources, especially farms, water resources and habitats.
In 2010, Berky worked with the Business Alliance of Kingston to create and facilitate a design charrette on a vacant, former hotel site. Several visions emerged from that process, leading to a greater focus on opportunities for Midtown Kingston's revitalization.
The Main Street Strategic Toolbox was created to provide communities in Ulster County with the strategic land use, market analysis, and build their capacity to plan and make decisions for revitalization and/or repositioning their “Main Streets” and commercial centers.
The Dunn Warehouse is an important historical and architectural landmark on Hudson, NY’s waterfront. Hone Strategic provided in-depth analyses of existing conditions, regional market and economic trends, and adaptive reuse feasibility to develop a master plan with schematic design concepts. In July 2017, Hudson was awarded $10 million in NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds for its waterfront district attributed, in large part, to the data-driven analysis and detailed recommendations of this study.
The Kingston Connectivity Project is an important implementation phase of the larger Greenline plan, and provides a shared road bikeway and dedicated rail trail connecting Midtown Kingston with the Rondout and Kingston Point waterfront. Hone Strategic served as the team’s planner and liaison with City officials and community stakeholders, working directly with numerous planning agencies and NGOs to provide valuable insight into existing conditions and integration of various plans in connection with the project.