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Helping Create and Improve Communities since 1971
Helping Create and Improve Communities since 1971

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During the oil slump, demand for large home sites fell as luxury home sales slowed. However, as oil prices have climbed back above $50 a barrel, demand for large home lots is expected to grow, said Steve Spillette, president of Community Development Strategies.

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G​rowth and development in Conroe, Montgomery and Willis were the focal points of the inaugural Lake Conroe Summit 2017, which was hosted by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce March 31. ...Steve Spillette, CDS Community Development Strategies President, served as the keynote speaker and presented the findings from his study, which forecasts the growth of the Lake Conroe area out to the year 2045. Read more: http://www.cdsmr.com/newsworthy/steve-spillette-speaks-at-2017-lake-conroe-summit

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Is your downtown in need of revitalizing? Unpredictable economic conditions and changing demographic trends create challenges for aging urban centers. CDS can conduct a market analysis to develop a realistic vision of how to generate new investment within your downtown. Our plans are comprehensive, actionable, supportable and measurable.

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You might have seen this graphic passing around the internet this week. Are the strawberries below red or gray? It turns out they're actually gray. Read this article to find out why, and also for some insight into one big illusion that is often perpetuated in economic development circles--that job creation is always about the numbers. Companies often come into a community wanting incentives and promising jobs. But are the jobs they're promising worth the incentive?

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For seniors who are thinking about downsizing or retirement, there’s another option out there that’s growing in popularity: senior cohousing. This communal housing model is particularly well-suited for seniors because it offers a support system and social environment not normally available in conventional retirement communities. By design, cohousing residents live in a close-knit arrangement that encourages neighbors to know and help each other. The objective is to create and maintain a small community of seniors who share skills, interests, and a vision of mutual support and friendship—while still preserving and respecting individual privacy. 

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Michael Prats joined CDS in January 2017 as a Senior Market Analyst where he provides demographic, economic and real estate market research, analysis and evaluation for a variety of private and public sector clients.

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The Westchase District, which sits on Beltway 8 between Terry Hershey Trail and Brays Bayou, saw a host of new development in 2016. Most notably, it saw the opening of Houston-based Phillips 66's (NYSE: PSX) new campus, which spans 1.1 million square feet. The district also welcomed a new Whole Foods that's double the size of the area's previous Whole Foods, as well as a 46,000-square-foot technology-facing co-working space at 2101 CityWest Blvd.

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CDS was recently hired to perform a demographic study in the Oklahoma City area for the local districts of the United Methodist Church. While completing this study, we were somewhat surprised by the prevalence of large-lot residential subdivisions of relatively recent vintage. This article examines the possible reasons why large acreage residential developments are more common in the Oklahoma City area. ​

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What is active adult housing? From my “seasoned” perspective, let me explain it to all you whippersnappers out there. There comes a time when we reluctantly stumble into the never-never land known as old age, and our world begins to change. We can’t run and jump like we used to, and sometimes just making it from the chair to the refrigerator seems like an Olympic event. The good news is, homebuilders have us in mind.

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To a hammer, everything is a nail. Well at CDS, you're not a nail, and we're not a hammer. Instead, we like to think of ourselves as a multitool. We have expertise and experience in a wide range of services. When our clients hire us for a project, we provide customized research and in-depth analysis.
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