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SARAH WILSON - Senior Consultant

Sara Wilson  

Sarah Wilson is an economic development planner with more than seven years of experience providing market analysis and development strategies to a variety of private and public sector clients. She has proven experience in project management, real estate market analysis, and economic development strategies. 

Prior consulting projects stem largely from her time as an Associate at Goodman Williams Group. In this capacity, she was actively involved in the creation of more than a dozen market analyses for a wide spectrum of residential, retail, office, and industrial projects in the City of Chicago and in a number of suburban communities in the region. Major assignments included the State of the Chicago Loop: An Economic Profile, for the Chicago Loop Alliance, Citywide Retail Market Study for the City of Chicago, and downtown plans for the Village of Glenview and the City of Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

She also assisted in developing strategies for the Six Corners Economic Development Master Plan on Chicago's northwest side as well as a retail market analysis for a site at Stony Island and 77th Street. 

More recently, Sarah was a Coordinator of Economic Development in the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development (DPD). In this role, she managed a large portfolio of negotiated sales of City-owned property for commercial, mixed-use and institutional uses across the city. She was also responsible for evaluating and analyzing development proposals seeking potential funding, including tax increment financing and property tax incentives. 

Education: M.A. Community Planning, University of Cincinnati, B.A. Political Science, Youngstown State University. Memberships: Women in Planning + Development.Retail initiatives were another component of her responsibilities at the City. She co-led a cross-departmental team to develop an innovative pilot program aimed at fostering economic development through retail attraction, financial assistance, and entrepreneurial capacity-building along eight designated South and West side commercial corridors. Utilizing the latest land use, socio-economic and business data, she prepared assessments to advance the Department's retail policies. She coordinated the outreach and engagement with international, national, and regional retailers in an effort to encourage retail development in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods. 

Sarah is member of Women in Planning + Development.