Our business model calls for all deliverables to be completed in-house directly by a seasoned professional who is a principal in the company, not junior-level staff or subcontractors. This demonstrates our commitment to quality and personalized service.

The following are our core competencies:

  • Market Research
  • Site Selection
  • Due Diligence
  • Entitlements
  • Planning Services
  • GIS Analysis and Mapping
  • Economic Development
  • Community Relations

Market Research

We use cutting edge technology to provide the very best information about market trends, local economies and sub markets. Knowledge integration is the basis on which good decisions are made. The majority of development mistakes are made in the initial stages of the development process. Our job is to help you create a good foundation to build upon.

Site Selection

Many companies embellish on claims that they use advanced GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology to assist with site selection. Gerhartz & Associates delivers on this promise with over twenty years of hands-on GIS analysis experience. We focus on appropriate use of technology and downplay GIS as a panacea. GIS is used to help increase the efficiency and effectiveness of people who are engaged in an inherently people oriented business which embodies many factors that cannot be "modeled" sitting at a desk.

Due Diligence

An art, not a science? This might be a stretch, but there is no question that asking the right questions frequently makes the difference between success and failure. We hierarchically structure our fact finding in order to reduce the risk that our clients over-invest in situations that will not bear fruit.


We believe that continuity is the key. No disconnect between the person doing the research and the person pursuing entitlement. We have the experience and know how to reconfigure and restructure real estate assets in response to diverse technical, financial and political challenges. We provide single source peace of mind, taking you from conception through completion, resolving conflicts that threaten to delay or derail a project.

Planning Services

We develop effective planning strategies and pragmatic implementation tools tailored to meet the needs of specific communities, projects and environments. We do not believe in cookie-cutter planning techniques because one size does not fit all. Every community, project and situation is different, so the solution should be tailored to fit. We can provide the following services:

  • Visioning
  • Community and Neighborhood Planning
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Land Development Regulations
  • Redevelopment and Corridor Plans
  • Capital and Fiscal Planning

GIS Analysis/Mapping

Gerhartz & Associates owns and operates, a well established and successful Geographic Information Systems consultancy. MapGorilla has historically operated in similar arenas as Gerhartz & Associates, supporting the due diligence and analytical needs of the real estate and economic development communities. It now functions as the technical foundation for the complete project life cycle services provided by Gerhartz & Associates.

Community Relations

Community matters. Community context can add value to every project decision that one makes. We advise, facilitate and develop strategy as well as represent clients in navigating community and political obstacles.

Economic Development

We are economic development experts with the experience to identify opportunities and developing and executing strategies that add value for communities and private industry.

  • Strategic Plans
  • Location and Community Assessment
  • Target Industry and Cluster Assessment
  • Economic and Socioeconomic Projections
  • Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis
  • CRA Planning and Development
  • Tax Increment Financing
  • Incentives Analysis, Negotiations and Development
  • Market Studies