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Creating Healthy Communities


"Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund, Food Access Organization" (2013-2016);
P.U.M.A. was selected as the Food Access Organization for the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F). CO4F finances grocery stores and innovative healthy food retail models in underserved communities throughout the state, with the goal of improving healthy food access for Coloradoans. The fund was seeded with money from the Colorado Health Foundation and is anticipated to leverage $20 million in investment. P.U.M.A. is responsible for marketing the fund as well as assisting borrowers with eligibility determination, application preparation, and technical business assistance. P.U.M.A. works closely with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), the lending entity of the fund.

Prepared for Colorado Housing and Finance Authority;
Tim Dolan, Loan Officer (303) 297-7318


"Healthy Places" (2013-2016);
P.U.M.A. was selected by the Colorado Health Foundation to be the technical assistance provider for "Healthy Places", a ground breaking initiative that aims to encourage healthy lifestyles through changes to the built environment. Three communities, including Arvada, Lamar and Denver's Westwood neighborhood, were selected to participate in the program. Each community received an initial evaluation from an Advisory Panel conducted by the national chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is eligible for up to $1 million in grant support from the Foundation to implement ULI recommendations. P.U.M.A. is working with each community over a period of three years to implement changes and will employ a variety of techniques related to each community's set of projects that may include community consensus building, public/private financing and organizational partnerships.

Check out our blog: Colorado's Healthy Places Shines in ULI's Global Spotlight.

Prepared for The Colorado Health Foundation;
Hillary Fulton, Senior Program Officer (303) 953-3626

Lamar, CO

"Healthy Places Initiative" (2013-2016);
Lamar, Colorado was one of three communities selected to participate in the Healthy Places Initiative, a ground breaking effort funded by The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF) to encourage healthy lifestyles through changes to the built environment. P.U.M.A. was selected by TCHF to be the technical assistance provider for Healthy Places. P.U.M.A. has worked with the Lamar community for the past three years on consensus building, public/private financing, organizational partnerships, downtown revitalization, and economic development. P.U.M.A. recently provided assistance to the City of Lamar in preparing a Greater Outdoor Colorado (GoCo) Grant to fund the 'Lamar Loop', one of the priority implementation projects. GoCo awarded the City of Lamar with $1 million to fund this new nine-mile paved multiuse trail.

Prepared for Healthy Places Lamar
Rick Akers, Lamar Parks and Recreation (719) 336-2774

Wheat Ridge, CO

"Quantifying the Economic and Health Benefits of Walkable Districts" (2014);
In the fall of 2014, Wheat Ridge 2020 hired P.U.M.A. to research and assemble compelling evidence to demonstrate the economic and health benefits of walkable and bikeable streets in business districts. The research was compiled in order to educate residents about the benefits of converting 38th Avenue, the city's traditional Main Street, into a bike and pedestrian-friendly environment. The deliverables included a sourced research paper, case studies from other cities, and stories from business owners along the 38th Avenue corridor who supported the conversion.

Prepared for Wheat Ridge 2020;


"Colorado Fresh Food Financing Strategic Business Plan" (2013-2016);
A subcommittee of the Denver Food Access Task Force, with support from the Colorado Health Foundation, engaged P.U.M.A. to develop strategies and implementation tactics to initiate a state-wide Fresh Food Financing Fund for Colorado. The purpose of the proposed fund is to help remove financial obstacles from the construction, expansion and renovation of grocery stores in underserved areas of Colorado. In addition to increasing food choice, expansion of fresh food retail stores has benefits that include improved overall public health, increased property values, enhanced quality of life, job creation and catalyzing neighborhood development. Assisted by the Philadelphia-based Food Trust and Opportunity Finance Network based in Washington, D.C., P.U.M.A. surveyed best practices of similar funds, conducted market research with urban and rural grocers in Colorado, and researched the financial product mix best suited for the need. The final product is a business plan that guided the initiation of the Fund.

Prepared for The Colorado Health Foundation;
Khanh Nguyen, Portfolio Director, Healthy Living (303) 953-3639

Denver, CO

"Grocer Market Analysis & Profiles" (2012-2013);
P.U.M.A. was contracted by Denver Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) to provide market research and profiles of grocers in the Denver metropolitan area to begin to develop strategies for attracting grocers to underserved market areas within the City of Denver. The objective of the project was to create a market evaluation framework to realistically assess the feasibility of encouraging grocery and fresh food outlets within underserved communities. To do so, P.U.M.A. conducted primary research with mid-sized, small and specialty grocers in Denver to understand the market fundamentals they seek; supported the City to develop preliminary food access and market data; compared the desired market characteristics with the preliminary data; and outlined market profiles within underserved communities. Subsequently, P.U.M.A. was contracted to develop sample market profiles, and to identify opportunities for enhancing City regulatory processes in order to encourage food retail development.

Prepared for the City and County of Denver Department of Environmental Health;
Stacey McConlogue, Denver Healthy People Program Manager (720) 865-5407

Denver, CO

"Denver Living Streets Initiative" (2009);
P.U.M.A. completed the Market Opportunity Analysis and Economic Impacts segments of a multi-faceted Environmental Protection Agency/City of Denver process to combine context-sensitive development with complete streets to offer solutions that promote active living, increase mobility, capitalize on infrastructure investments and stimulate economic development on our most traveled urban corridors. Living Streets attract, concentrate and connect vibrant and sustainable development that accommodates growth while preserving what makes Colorado special.

The market opportunity analysis included both primary and secondary research to determine the likely economic impacts from investing in enhanced infrastructure envisioned by Living Streets. A traditional streetcar corridor (East Colfax) and a vehicular corridor (Leetsdale Drive) were examined and analyzed to identify direct correlations and/or qualitative expectations of Living Streets investment on jobs, sales, property values and fiscal return. Included in the analysis are neighborhood demographic trends, business, neighborhood and property owner surveys, and development opportunities. Corridors were defined by market segments, creating a new way to identify neighborhood connections and opportunity sites.

Prepared for the City of Denver Departments of Public Works and Community Planning & Development;
Crissy Fanganello, Director, Policy & Planning (720) 865-2932

Healthy Downtown Strategies

For many years, P.U.M.A. has promoted a wide variety of health-supportive strategies and tactics in our downtown strategic planning projects, tailoring them to support clients' identified priorities. Increasingly, client communities embrace these concepts as important elements of transforming downtowns into thriving live-work-play environments. Examples of integrated health strategies in recent P.U.M.A. plans include:

  • Indianapolis IN: Velocity Plan (2013) - Physical changes and advocacy efforts to fully embrace and implement multiple transportation modes that connect downtown to adjacent neighborhoods and the region; increasing bicyclist and pedestrian comfort, safety and wayfinding within downtown; developing a state-of-the art-health and fitness loop along the downtown canal; attracting needed food retail; enhancing existing parks to encourage more active uses; and tying in family-friendly recreation to the sports entertainment niche.
  • San Diego CA: Imagine Downtown Plan (2013) - Enhancing parks and open space for to better serve residents for active use; improving multi-modal connections between downtown neighborhoods and to the region; and ensuring green and sustainable development patterns and structures.
  • Covington KY: Covington Center City Action Plan (2012) - Protecting and enhancing riverfront access for recreation during new development; improving pedestrian and bike connections between activity centers; and promoting Covington's multi-modal accessibility to the employment and retail hub in downtown Cincinnati.
  • Greeley CO: Downtown Greely Investment Strategy (2011) - Complete Streets and other bike and pedestrian safety enhancements between the university campus and downtown; wayfinding to the regional bike path; promotion of downtown recreation options to university students; and food access retention in the mixed use neighborhood sub-district.
  • Grand Rapids MI: Framing the Future Plan (2011) - Improving trails and parks along the riverfront to spur more active recreation and access to the natural environment; walking and biking investments within the downtown; more street trees and landscaping; and better multi-modal connections downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods.

For contact information, please see the project profiles for each indicated plan.