Creative Solutions For Growth And Sustainability
Eastwick Solutions brings over twenty-five years of experience in the art and science of community revitalization, visitor experience development, and leveraging outdoor recreation for 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, and the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau taught her the importance of creating unique visitor experiences, tourism marketing, and how tourism shapes local and regional economies. After leaving BEC, Kim launched Eastwick at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics to provide client-tailored destination development services. In 2001, Kim was certified as a Main Street Manager by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and expanded Eastwick’s services to include community revitalization and downtown marketing. She brings ingenuity to this blend of tourism marketing, destination development, and downtown revitalization to customize solutions.
On behalf of our clients, Eastwick provides a varied palette of services. We help develop revitalization strategies and spur economic development for towns and regions by leveraging nature-based assets (like rivers, trails, and agriculture). Our team conducts site assessments to identify amenity opportunities for sponsors and partnership marketing. We develop nature-based asset programming, events, and activities to maintain engagement and build affinity resulting in repeat visits and increased spending. Eastwick provides Main Street marketing to supplement existing staff, engage stakeholders of all types to ensure buy-in and support, including writing grants for project-related funding.
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.