Creative Solutions For Growth And Sustainability
Eastwick Solutions brings over twenty years of experience in the art and science of economic development to towns and cities of all sizes.
Eastwick Solutions emerged from the work of its Principal, Kim Stever. Her work at Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), a division of Anheuser Busch Companies, taught her the importance of creating unique visitor experiences, the impact of tourism on local and regional economies, and the importance of quality of place. After leaving BEC, Kim launched Eastwick at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, establishing a visitor service model as well as the economic impact of the Games to fringe neighborhoods. She has brought this ingenuity to her clients since that time.
On behalf of our clients, Eastwick develops revitalization strategies for towns and municipalities, activates rivers and trails through recreation, education, and environmental programs to spur economic development in nearby towns, provides Main Street marketing to supplement existing staff, engages stakeholders of all levels to ensure buy-in and support, stimulates economic development strategies leveraging nature-based assets (rivers, trails, agriculture, events), designs and develops nature-based asset programming, events and activities to maintain engagement and build affinity, writes grants for project-related funding, and conducts asset assessments to build image, programs, and events around.
Resources and authenticity lead the conversation - then we collaborate with clients and stakeholders to find the best path. Eastwick develops actionable, cohesive, thoughtful strategies, tactics, and programs that are achievable. The following principles guide our work:
Every borough, town, and community has a story to tell that sets them apart from its neighbors
Nature-based assets like rivers, trails, and parks can drive economic development
History, people, culture, and physical assets play a part in developing a sense of quality and place
Tourism and visitors play a key role in supporting and growing the local economy
There is no single entity that drives economic development - it is a collaborative initiative
A plan is critical to revitalization to increase property value and provide a framework for local governments, businesses, and non profits to work with
Meet The Team
Director of Solutions
Director of Solutions
Kim Stever is founder and Director of Solutions where she develops strategies and programs to help people connect to their place. She looks at things a little differently than most and as a result, comes up with creative and innovative ideas to engage visitors, donors and stakeholders. Kim is a “fixer” by nature; she dives deeply into what makes places and organizations unique and special… how it can be leveraged to build affinity and drive the local economy. Her areas of expertise include economic development, programming, tourism, partnership marketing and experiential marketing where she is able to use a destination’s assets to communicate its authentic brand essence.
Steven Nelson, AICP
Director of Planning & Government Relations
Steven L. Nelson is the process "guru" that can find the most appropriate strategy for the issue at hand. He brings value, insight and an analytical approach to our projects. Steve is a certified planner and a policy maker; he understands the interplay between public policy, innovation and constituency building necessary to achieve strategic and measurable success. His areas of expertise include economic development, community revitalization, strategic partnerships, open space preservation and trail development where he is able to leverage assets and create “win-win” outcomes.