The future belongs to those who plan for it.

Great, livable communities don’t just happen—they’re created. On purpose, for a purpose. We bring people together with a shared sense of purpose and place to create enduring and prosperous communities.

 

Creating your tomorrow starts with listening today.

For us, getting people to the proverbial table isn’t nicety or mere formality. It’s about truly starting a productive, community-wide conversation. It’s about listening—and hearing. It’s about receiving input and ideas that lead to action about what to keep and what to change. It’s how we help move communities forward.

 

Ideas without a plan are only a wish.

Prosperous places are best shaped by the character of the community and the people who live there. We help communities understand and embrace their physical character and develop character-enhancing plans that don’t just sit on a shelf. We move communities toward what’s NEXT.

Moving communities toward what’s NEXT.

Whether maintaining momentum, steering the future or completely altering a trajectory, we cultivate a shared vision and develop a well-founded action plan.

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The future holds the greatest thing: possibility.

Our work represents what we believe. At the core of every enduring community is a planned future mindful of people, place and character.

 

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Here are the stories of communities from Cary to Columbus to Valparaiso in which ideas become vision, vision becomes a plan, and plan becomes what’s NEXT.

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What a night! 500 attendees evaluate 75 draft actions at Elkhart County, Indiana Summit on the Future

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A drastically expanded bicycle/walking trail network, a boost for public art and enhanced community amenities—including events, gathering places, parks and downtown beautification—were among the 75 items presented on Tuesday, June…

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Going for the Win in Decatur, Alabama!

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The community is buzzing in Decatur, Alabama about this clutch moment: the kick-off the City’s comprehensive planning process. Over fifteen years since Decatur’s last comprehensive plan was adopted Planning NEXT is now commencing…

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Valparaiso and Madison, Indiana Present in America’s Best Communities Competition

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During the last week of April, semifinalists in the America’s Best Communities contest traveled to Durham, North Carolina for the penultimate round of the competition. Two Planning NEXT clients–Valparaiso and Madison, Indiana–were…

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Franklin Tomorrow Celebrates 15 Years

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Earlier this month, Jamie Greene traveled to Franklin, Tennessee to help Franklin Tomorrow celebrate 15 years of success. Franklin Tomorrow is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to engage the…

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