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Integrated Expertise


Bennett Midland

Strategic Consulting

Bennett Midland is a management consulting firm that works exclusively in the civic sector. Our clients trust us with their biggest, most intractable problems, and we work with them to design solutions that make a difference for the people they serve.

Many clients come to us seeking to deepen or expand their impact. We work with them to take a close look at how they are working, understand how others perceive their influence, and surface possible opportunities and paths forward. We develop a rich set of facts and data to help our clients make informed choices about priorities—including what not to tackle—and to identify the people and resources needed to make the impact they seek.

Thread Collective

Equitable Community Design

Thread Collective is an architecture firm that explores the seams between building and landscape, and stitches together the patterns of the built environment with its natural and social context. Their philosophy of understanding building and site as an integrated whole, woven with artistic, functional, and financial consideration creates the fabric from which poetic and sustainable architecture and public space emerge. Design is a collective effort through a lens with an emphasis on a broadly defined notion of environmental and cultural sustainability. Learn more here:


Bookman Associates

Comprehensive Community Development

Joel Bookman rounds out OCOPOS’ comprehensive community planning team, and is also the President and CEO of Bookman Associates, Inc., providing consulting services in strategic and business planning, economic development, comprehensive community development, and nonprofit management to public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporate and philanthropic institutions. His philosophy is grounded in the belief that neighborhood change and stability start with the people who live and work there and that defining their vision and abilities is key to implementing effective social and business strategies. Economic development – creating and maintaining businesses that provide services, jobs and social cohesion – is at the heart of his work. Previously, he served as Director of Programs for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago and co-founder and Managing Director of the LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development. Learn more here:

BFJ Planning

Zoning, Environmental, and Transportation Planning

BFJ has successfully completed more than 1,000 projects in the U.S., East Asia, Europe, and South America. Our range of services allows us to bring a project from the initial feasibility stage, through planning and approvals, to site design and implementation. Principals and staff provide expertise in a range of areas, bringing together informed, innovative thinking from different professional points of view necessary to the success of complex planning and development projects. This inclusive approach ensures that BFJ’s planning and design recommendations are realistic and achievable within project constraints. Learn more here:

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