ABOUT US

NEEDS, INC.

Think Differently Economic Development

OUR MISSION

We seek to attain the balance of remaining true to the profit objective of the developer with the long-term vision and values of the community.

When it comes to working with municipalities, our question is simple:

What are you doing to make a more healthy, resilient, and happy community?

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OUR ROLE

Provocateur

Our passion is provoking new ways of approaching economic development. We refuse to engage in practices that have proven unsuccessful.

Instigator

We are continually working to implement new ways to create impact, build resilience and reinforce the communities our clients work for.

Developer

We have developed over a million square feet of real estate including design, financing, negotiations, construction and management.

Advisor

Helping developers and other private sector businesses navigate the public sector, and financial institutions, to carry projects through all stages.

Perspective, Transparency, & Remaining Responsive to Stakeholder Needs

 WHAT DRIVES US

Our passion for economic development drives us to engage in the conventional and unconventional as long as they are involved in our fundamental values: transparency integrity and remaining responsive to stakeholder needs.

OUR CORE STRENGTHS

Formulation of strategies to develop, redevelop and/or rehabilitate real estate,

Designing economic development incentives, and

Development of strategies to enhance the organizational capacity of local communities to plan for, implement and manage economic development.

What We Do

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

NEEDS, Inc. has experience in all phases of project development including design, permitting, capitalization, construction, marketing, and operations. Our experience provides us the real-world knowledge to help our clients sculpt projects that have lasting, positive effects.

 

 PROJECT CAPITALIZATION

We help our clients design a capitalization structure that reflects the unique challenges of their projects. We understand non-conventional capital sources and incentives from the public sector that can help bridge the capital gaps.

 

 PUBLIC-PRIVATE COLLABORATION

With our decades of experience working with both the private and public sectors, we are an “honest broker” of interests that can help navigate the tricky waters of the regulatory entitlement process.

 

 COUNSELOR TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR


Our deep experience can help supplement the public sector’s inhouse expertise to better understand the impacts of development projects. We are an effective manager of communications and negotiations with private interests, empowering communities to make informed decisions.

 

What Matters Most

Integrity

Unrelenting commitment to our clients and maintaining ethical standards.

Rethinking Everything

Re-framing the economic development conversation in terms of distinguishing your product.

MORE ABOUT US

New England Economic Development Services, Inc. or NEEDS is a wholly owned subsidiary corporation of The Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island. Established in 1999, NEEDS’ mission is to provide high quality economic development consulting and advisory services to the governmental, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Remaining Committed to Public + Private Sectors

Bridging the gap between the public and private sectors when it comes to real estate and economic development.