Economic Development: Strategic Planning & Consulting

Thomas & Hutton provides traditional engineering services related to economic development. We partner with local and state-level economic development agencies to help our clients create their vision and provide creative solutions for attracting industries to our communities. For over 25 years, we have assisted numerous local communities in collaborating with state-level partners to create a vision, locate sites, and plan and develop commerce and industrial parks that foster economic growth.


  • Vision: We help our partners determine priorities to develop a “blueprint” for economic development including targeted sectors, logistics, budget, scale, workforce, utilities, and other factors necessary for success.
  • Land Analysis: Based on land criteria, we assist in locating and evaluating available property for commercial, industrial, mixed-use, and residential development.
  • Planning & Design: After identifying the property, we provide master planning, survey, design, permitting, and construction phase services to develop sites. This often includes off-site infrastructure improvements.
  • Site Evaluation: When the sites are planned and developed, we assist our economic development partners in attracting industries to locate therein. Assistance includes site evaluations/certifications, Request For Information (RFI) response assistance, site visits, and the creation of graphics and marketing material to promote the community and site.

Scope of Services:

  • Economic Development Studies
  • Land Analysis
  • Site Certification Programs
  • RFI Assistance
  • Website Enhancement
  • Land Surveying
  • Site Design
  • Rail Design
  • Master Planning
  • Conceptual Site Plan
  • Program Management
  • Industrial & Commercial
  • Master Planning
  • Conceptual Site Plan
  • Exhibits
  • Entitlement Consultation
  • Transportation Studies
  • Site/Entrance Sign Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Marketing Materials/Graphics
  • Drone Video
  • Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Design
  • Stormwater Infrastructure Design
  • Transportation Infrastructure Design
  • Permitting Process
  • Project Management
  • Construction Phase Services
  • Funding Assistance



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Columbia, SC

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Savannah, GA

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