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May 8 Consulting tackles tough challenges with great partners – our clients. Whether trying to revitalize a city, preserve open space, stop abandonment and blight, create environmental sustainability, or promote regional equity, our goal is to work with our clients to create an action plan to address these issues that is innovative, collaborative, high-impact, and politically feasible. We do not stop at creating the action plan, however; often, we work with our clients to implement the necessary changes.

May 8’s work has brought about changes to state and local laws, municipal policies and programs, and moved a city or town towards revitalization through reinvestment. The press agrees that May 8's work has the power to create change.

“Taking Care of Business: Improving Philadelphia's Small Business Climate," could spark some rejoicing because it is the opposite of a dry and boring report. It is clear, coherent and compelling, and provides action steps and common-sense solutions that could provide some canny elected official - the mayor, for example, or certain members of City Council - with a working blueprint for changing the city's economy.” 
—Philadelphia Daily News Editorial Page November 22, 2011

Whatever we do and however we do it, our goal is to create positive change.

our process

We often begin by defining the issues and then building potential solutions. Next we may prepare a user-friendly, engaging report to educate decision-makers on the need to address the issue and how to do so. Or we may bring together organizations and help them to reach a consensus on strategy and join forces as a coalition to advance change. The result will be tangible and lasting. Learn more about our expertise and recent publications.

recent news

Karen Black writes for Shelterforce Journal about how Philadelphia achieved the land bank through compromise and collaboration. Read the article here.

Philadelphia City Council creates a land bank. May 8 is proud to share the news that Philadelphia is soon to be the largest city in the country and we helped to make it a reality. May 8 Consulting brought together a broad coalition of organizations representing for profit and non-profit developers, realtors, environmental organizations, small business groups and others to fight for a land bank to return the city's vacant 40,000 properties to market. Thank you to the 15 incredible organizations that worked collaboratively as the Philly Land Bank Alliance to make this happen and to sponsors Councilmember Sanchez and Council President Clarke. Compare the former broken system to the new vacant land disposition process here.