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J. Nowak and Associates specializes in providing counsel to nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and innovative government agencies dedicated to the renewal of American cities. We provide: 1) coaching for CEOs, management teams and boards of directors; 2) strategic and business planning for rapidly growing nonprofit and for profit organizations; and 3) public policy analysis, with a particular emphasis on school reform, creative placemaking, and economic development.


What is Creative Placemaking?

The term creative placemaking has been used in cultural affairs, planning, public policy, and philanthropy during the past several years. more

Urban Fiscal Health in the Post Recession Period

How are American cities faring now that the nation is climbing out of the worst recession since the Great Depression? I was asked to give a brief lunchtime talk on this topic at the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania. more

Program Design Challenges in Spatial Targeting Strategies

Public policies aimed at reducing poverty are sometimes divided into two approaches: people or place based strategies. more