St. Louis, Mo., November 14, 2018 – Development Strategies announces the addition of Justin Carney, Principal, as part of its senior leadership team.  Justin brings 20 years of experience and leadership in local and regional government, having served most recently as the Director of Planning for St. Louis County.

“Justin adds value to the public, private, and institutional organizations that Development Strategies serves through practical development and implementation expertise, paired with long-range strategic thinking and visioning,” said Brad Beggs, Principal.

In recent years, the firm has sought to add public sector and urban design expertise to its team of real estate, economic, policy, and urban planning advisors—in order to better address the full range of needs of the organizations it frequently serves.  “Justin has an excellent reputation in the St. Louis region as a bridge-builder,” said Larry Marks, Principal.  “That, along with experience as a strategist and facilitator, will help to craft meaningful and implementable plans.”

It was precisely the breadth of skills that Development Strategies brings to each project—and the diversity of communities that it serves—that appealed to Justin. “I look forward to leveraging my years of public sector knowledge to reinforce our approach to building and strengthening communities,” he said.  “I am excited to be a part of a creative and passionate team that focuses on workable solutions for our clients.”

Matt Wetli, Principal, spoke of the importance of adaptation.  “The pace of change occurs so rapidly now that communities, businesses, and institutions have to plan and build coalitions to avoid falling behind.   To help them act strategically, as opposed to simply reacting, we are taking a greater role in engaging people earlier, and at all levels. Justin’s commitment to this collaborative ideal makes him an obvious fit as our team takes this next step.”

Carney holds AICP certification through American Planning Association and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.

Development Strategies is a development advisory firm that provides economic and market strategies, real estate and land use planning, community development and placemaking. The firms’ national practice is coordinated from the main office, located in St. Louis, Missouri, with satellite offices in Wichita, Kansas and Philadelphia. For more information, visit