Leveraging over 50 years of proven experience, we provide data-driven advisory services to local governments, economic development organizations, and investors to make effective economic development and real estate decisions.
Commercial Real Estate Services
EDFRI offers extensive experience in the conceptualization, capitalization, investment analysis, and execution of commercial real estate development projects. EDFRI provides a flexible and cost-effective option for cities/towns, investors, and property owners to secure advisory expertise in advancing projects from concept to market.
Development Impact Analysis
Working with cities/towns or private developers, EDFRI can perform economic and/or fiscal impact analyses resulting from development projects or economic development strategies. These impact analyses can have value in securing public sector support and securing/awarding incentives.
Tax-Increment Financing is a powerful and flexible tool that can be used by cities and towns to underwrite a wide array of economic and community development projects including infrastructure, real estate development, and workforce training to name but a few. EDFRI can assist cities and towns in analyzing and designing tax-increment financing districts and programs consistent with state statutes.
Strategey & Program Design
EDFRI can assist cities and towns in designing economic development strategies and programs. Examples of programs/services include omnibus tax-stabilization programs, redevelopment district planning, small-business revolving loan programs, economic development element to municipal comprehensive plans, advisory services to redevelopment agencies and economic development organizations/commissions, and meeting facilitation.
Program & Project Management
Communities & Projects Evolve
Leveraging its experience in commercial real estate development and economic development strategy planning, EDFRI saw increasing opportunity and demand for using its experience and expertise working with cities and towns in defining and advancing their economic development agendas. Some examples of these services include:
Selection by the City of Newport as the Preferred Developer for the repositioning of a vacant elementary school into $8 million innovation and co-work facility
Commercial Real Estate Planning
Providing advisory services to the Burrillville Economic Development Partnership in the development of multiple industrial buildings and the management and marketing of the Town’s Commerce Park
Town of Burrillville
Representing the Town of Burrillville in the negotiation with Daniele Foods for the company’s land acquisition and expansion into one of the world’s largest charcuterie processing facilities
Economic Development Strategy
Providing advisory services to a redevelopment agency, authoring two redevelopment plans and acting as an interim manager of a city’s planning and development department.
"I’m very familiar with the great work provided by EDFRI, having been associated with the organization and its principal(s) for over 25 years. Through its cutting-edge work in the areas of economic development and redevelopment, I would strongly recommend EDFRI to other municipal leaders who need external services in the design and execution of economic development initiatives."
"Under the leadership of Scott Gibbs, EDFRI was selected by the City of Newport to manage the conceptualization, design, and capitalization of the $8 million Innovate Newport project. This project entailed the repurposing of a vacant, historic elementary school into an innovation hub and co-work facility. I am pleased to endorse EDFRI’s services."
"As a construction professional in the Rhode Island and SE Massachusetts marketplace, I’ve had the pleasure of working directly and indirectly with the Economic Development Foundation of RI – Highland on multiple real estate and construction developments over the past 20 years. EDFRI offers its clients and business partners valuable real estate expertise. EDFRI has many strengths including managing complex real estate and capital structures, access, and connections to local and state resources to streamline successful deal flow and to top it off an impeccable reputation with and in the business community. I would highly recommend EDFRI to any business owner looking to hire Scott and his firm for their real estate needs."
I have worked with EDFRI for close to 25 years now. As Vice Chair of the Burrillville Redevelopment Authority, we relied on EDFRI’s expertise in the commercial real estate market, federal and state grants, and understanding of local politics to help us move Burrillville forward with a number of projects. As President of the Burrillville Economic Development Partnership, I have relied on EDFRI’s expertise in the commercial real estate market and knowledge of local government in Burrillville with the marketing of Commerce Industrial Park as well as other additional projects we have been looking at to help benefit the town of Burrillville. I highly recommend EDFRI as our ongoing consultant to the Burrillville Economic Development partnership.
Commercial Property Owners
Who We Are
The Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island, Inc. (EDFRI) is a private, not-for-profit corporation established in the early 1960’s, albeit adopting a name change in 2005. Throughout its history, EDFRI primarily focused on the strategy of commercial real estate development including the development and management of industrial and corporate parks and several high-quality flex buildings. EDFRI has been directly involved in the development of over 500 acres of industrial and office park development and over $500 million of private, commercial real estate investment.
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Backed By Experience
acres of industrial and office park development
Years of Data-Driven Execution
of private, commercial real estate investment
Focused on Execution, Driven by Data.
In 2022, the Board of Directors of EDFRI decided to exit its commercial real estate development and investment activities and instead focus its efforts in providing market-leading consulting and advisory services to cities and towns, small businesses, and owners and developers of industrial and commercial properties. EDFRI’s mission is to provide data-driven advisory and consulting services with the goal of enhancing the market value of commercial properties in need of repositioning, and to enhance the capacity of local government to make sound, effective economic development decisions.