MIG, Inc. is a multidisciplinary firm that specializes in urban and community design, public outreach and participation, consensus building and facilitation, and communications. We offer a full range of services, including conceptual design, transit-friendly pedestrian environmental design, master planning, site planning, streetscape design, zoning and policy planning. Our work is characterized by a dedication to quality, a flexible approach, creativity in planning and design and a commitment to completing projects on time and within budget. Since the firm’s founding in 1981, we have worked extensively with public agencies and municipalities nationally and internationally on design and planning for future change.
MIG’s unique combination of planning and design expertise allows us to conduct planning in a highly interactive process involving all constituent groups. This process generates a clear and collective vision of development and growth in a dynamic, yet stable environment. Through MIG’s participatory planning and design process, client goals and community interests work together to frame key issues. Plans created through this approach enjoy broad-based support and can be readily implemented.
MIG’s local partners are critical team members who will provide strategy, technical analysis, communications and outreach, and vast knowledge of the local Charlotte context and history. The following local firms (with key personnel highlighted) will assist us throughout the project:
ColeJenest & Stone is a comprehensive land planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering and urban design firm committed to project excellence and unmatched client service. Principal Jane Alexander, RLA, with support from the firm staff, will offer her insights and strategy built from her years of experience in Charlotte, including work on the Charlotte City Center 2010 Vision Plan. Jane is seasoned at gaining consensus from the public during community meetings and design charrettes, and in working with advisory and stakeholder groups on large, complex projects.
Wray Ward is an integrated marketing communications firm located in Charlotte for 30 years. The firm brings together strategic planning and execution for exceptional results. Capabilities includes research, writing, news media training, grassroots networking, thought leadership initiatives, speaker’s bureaus, event management, e-communications, creative development and media planning and buying. President and Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Appleby, supported by a staff of 60, will provide the team with comprehensive public relations capabilities as well as strategic communications, outreach expertise, and the ability to develop an engaging and dynamic video highlighting the final Center City 2020 Vision Plan.
Kimley Horn and Associates is a national transportation firm that was founded in North Carolina in 1967 and has had an office in Charlotte for many years. The firm provides cutting-edge transportation, infrastructure, transit and mobility solutions for urban environments. As a long-term collaborator of ours, MIG knows the value of KHA’s insight, analysis and creative process to develop innovative transportation and infrastructure alternatives. Locally, M. Scott Mingonet, RLA, AICP, Walter G. Fields, III, AICP, and Robert M. Hume, P.E. will provide their deep experience and understanding of local conditions and context. Assisting Scott, Walter and the team will be Principal Jim Daisa, a prominent transportation planner with over 20 years of experience developing context sensitive solutions and multimodal street design. Jim is also the author of numerous national design manuals on Best Practices for Integrating Transportation and Land Use and Context Sensitive Street Design.
MIG and Economics Research Associates (ERA) have worked together on numerous successful projects, from downtowns and neighborhoods to general plans and transit-oriented development projects. ERA provides the most comprehensive level of economic, market financing and implementation capabilities for city center planning, addressing challenges through creative thinking, structured analysis, and clear and concise communications. Principal Mac Nichols will provide 20 years of experience in downtown revitalization and redevelopment, retail and mixed-use development, community development, and public-private partnerships. He also has very strong local ties to Charlotte. In addition, Principal Tom Moriarty will provide 30 years of experience in retail planning for specialized commercial settings, including downtowns, urban shopping districts, mixed-use projects, and major transportation centers.