About Us

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Breakthrough Economic Development  Strategies and Solutions

For Municipalities…

  • formulating winning brand and marketing strategies and executing them to accelerate economic development
  • providing place-based economic development solutions that gets the attention of site selectors by providing appropriate housing, amenities, and walkable downtown-like environments that drive corporate relocation decisions
  • facilitating community outreach and engagement programs that maximize participation of local residents and stakeholders to build public support for strategic planning and economic development programs

For Developers…

  • developing strategic public engagement programs to navigate through potential opposition ​from local constituents and build meaningful public support for real estate projects
  • identifying, attaining, and optimizing state and local government incentive programs to drive economic development and maximize ROI
  • providing strategic marketing services to improve your bottom line by helping you craft the right brand story that will resonate with your customers, tenants, and investors

Leadership Team

Dave Sutton

Dave believes in putting ROI at the center of everything marketing does. As a leading authority on applying transformational marketing principles, organizations seek out Dave to help them develop compelling marketing and sales strategies.

Dave Sutton is a leading authority today on Transformational Marketing– enabling businesses to reach, connect and engage with customers in a way that gives them a reason to care, a reason to buy, a reason to advocate and, most important of all, a reason to stay. He is the founder of TopRight, Partners LLC– a Transformational Marketing firm that helps companies move to the top right quadrant of their competitive frame, and corner the markets where they choose to compete. TopRight’s 3S Playbook model of the right Story, the right Strategy, and the right Systems turns sales transactions into customer experiences that connect and communicate why you do what you do and what difference it makes for your customers. Dave is also the co-author of Enterprise Marketing Management: The New Science of Marketing- the ground-breaking book considered to be the definitive statement of a new business discipline designed to create sustained, profitable, organic growth

Brandon Palanker

Brandon integrates the disciplines of placemaking, real estate development, infrastructure and public policy, leveraging public and private sector resources to break down the silos that have historically stood between great visions and successful investment and development activity.

As a developer and urbanist, Brandon founded 3BL Strategies in 2015 to focus on downtown and suburban revitalization.  With nearly 20 years experience in mixed-use development, public engagement and place-based economic development, Brandon played a pivotal role in the entitlement of 12,000+ residential units and over $15 billion in development potential over the past 10 years. In an advisory role, Brandon has consulted on a range of projects that include value capture, transit-oriented development, land use, and economic development. He also plays an ongoing role with the Wake-Up Walk Up research being conducted by George Washington University’s Christopher Leinberger. Brandon co-created the acclaimed Crowdsourced Placemaking public engagement program, and recently founded the Downtown Collaborative in partnership with Ash+Lime and Project for Public Spaces. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s National Mixed-Use Development Council and Transit-Oriented Development (North Texas Chapter); board member of the Real Estate Institute at Stony Brook University and the Congress for the New Urbanism (North Texas Chapter); and Steering Committee Member of Smart Growth America’s Form-Based Codes Institute. Brandon is a recent graduate of Urban Land Institute's Center for Leadership program holds an NCI CS designation from the National Charrette Institute.

Timothy Sullivan

Tim believes that economic development and growth are necessary elements for municipalities to expand and prosper.  These components are even more vital in mature jurisdictions where high property taxes negatively impact the local economy.

Tim is President and CEO of Municipal Strategies & Solutions LLC.  He has over thirty years of progressive financial analysis and control background with municipalities, large corporations, and "think tank" academic research organizations.  Tim was the Director of Research for the prestigious Citizens Budget Commission in New York City.  Prior to that he was the Vice President/Director of Finance for the Nassau Health Care Corporation where he was responsible for leading the external audit of the Corporation’s financial operations, developing and reporting on the entity’s $550 million budget, and heading all capital financings.  Tim also served as the Deputy County Executive for Finance in Nassau County managing a $3 billion budget that included over 8,000 employees.