Brian Licari

Senior Associate

314.421.2800 ext. 31

Brian’s career background and interests are in analyzing, developing, and implementing economic development and community revitalization strategies ranging in scale from the grassroots, neighborhood level to regional business development efforts. With direct work experience in the public, private, not-for-profit, and academic sectors, he has a deep understanding of the needs and motivations of stakeholders at the different levels of local, regional, state, and national involvement. He approaches problem-solving with a blend of quantitative and qualitative analysis, but always prioritizes consensus building with the goal to develop collaborative, market-driven solutions to policy, business, and real estate development.

His work at Development Strategies has included economic and business development planning for downtown areas and main streets, economic impact analyses for various entities ranging from not-for-profits to Fortune 1000 companies, residential and commercial market studies and appraisals, and sustainability planning. Prior to joining Development Strategies in 2011, he served in various urban planning, public sector, GIS, and consulting capacities in New York City and Chicago.


Certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization
University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Urban Planning
Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service
New York University

Bachelor of Arts
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Memberships

American Planning Association

International Economic Development Council

Urban Land Institute