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Craig R. Seymour, Managing Principal

Mr. Seymour joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 1987. His primary area of expertise includes economic analysis, financial forecasting, strategic planning, feasibility analysis, real property valuation, and project management. Mr. Seymour has over twenty-five years of extensive experience in economic development, the socioeconomic evaluation of major projects, business and community planning and redevelopment financing. His responsibilities include management of the firm's economic and financial oriented consulting services, including the appraisal and research functions.

Mr. Seymour has an AB in Economics/Civil Engineering from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Russell A. Archambault, Vice President and Principal

Mr. Archambault joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 1994, and has over twenty years experience in community and economic development, economic and fiscal impact analysis, real estate market research, and development feasibility analysis. Since joining RKG Associates, Inc., Mr. Archambault has applied his background to managing numerous projects throughout the US in areas of urban and waterfront redevelopment, market and development feasibility, local and regional economic development, military base reuse planning, and transportation economics. Mr. Archambault has also lead the development of RKG Associates’ fiscal planning expertise, which assists local governments in understanding the municipal service impacts of local land use decisions and policies. Mr. Archambault is a national speaker on issues of urban redevelopment and fiscal planning.

Before joining RKG Associates, Mr. Archambault led a Community Development Department for the City of Laconia, New Hampshire and also served as project manager for the Virginia Tech Economic Development Assistance Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. Mr. Archambault is managing partner of RKG Associates’ Alexandria, Virginia office.

Mr. Archambault has a Bachelor of Science in Public Management from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA.

 

Kyle S. Talente, Principal

Mr. Talente has developed and applied a broad range of professional and technical expertise since his hiring in 1998. Today, Kyle uses that experience to manage projects in all facets of economic development, real estate advisory, and market analysis. Kyle has provided proven results to a wide range of public and private sector clients, focusing on identifying creative, market driven solutions to real estate investment opportunities. During his tenure at RKG Associates, Mr. Talente has cultivated specializations in housing market and affordability analysis, local and regional real estate market analysis, economic development strategies, downtown and urban revitalization, financial feasibility and economic impact analysis, and target industry studies.

Kyle’s expertise is bringing his client’s real world recommendations founded in market reality and projected conditions based on sound economic fundamentals, allowing clients to go beyond the visioning and assessment phase and into successful implementation. Kyle has learned that this grounded approach garners support for a much stronger development process, particularly when implementation requires/seeks public private partnerships. His diverse education background has enabled Kyle to be a strategic liaison between the physical disciplines (i.e. urban design and architecture) and the market realities of real estate investment decision making. He also has developed a reputation for being able to successfully communicate the complex relationships between vision and reality to a wide variety of public and private stakeholders.

Mr. Talente is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture in 1996 and his Masters of City Planning in 1998.


Lawrence E. Cranor Jr., Senior Project Manager

Mr. Cranor joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 1992, and brings more than twenty-five years experience in applied demography, market research, site selection and competition studies for other firms, including national retail chains. Mr. Cranor has applied this background to managing a wide range of assignments with RKG Associates, Inc. These assignments have included a broad variety of retail projects, consumer surveys and spending research, site location research; urban revitalization/marketing strategies; and general economic development.

Mr. Cranor has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing/Management from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Eric Halvorsen, AICP, Principal Planner and Senior Project Analyst

Mr. Halvorsen has over ten years of experience helping communities develop plans that bridge the topics of land use, economics, and transportation. This includes master plans, downtown plans, corridor plans, and site specific plans. Eric’s focus is on the formulation of realistic and actionable plans that can be achieved incrementally over time. He also has experience working with municipalities to develop bicycle and pedestrian network plans, transit plans, and parking strategies. Prior to working at RKG Associates, Eric worked for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council as the Assistant Director for Transportation. In addition, he also worked in Illinois for a regional planning agency managing corridor studies, business district revitalization plans, and updating the agency’s Long Range Transportation Plan. Eric is a member of the American Planning Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and was a founding Board member of the Boston Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation

Mr. Halvorsen graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Environmental Planning and Design and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

 

Jahangir Akbar, Market Analyst/Senior Planner 

Mr. Akbar joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 2015. Prior to working at RKG Associates, Jahangir worked for Mass Economics where he focused on providing data and policy analysis for cities undertaking large development initiatives.  Prior to that, Mr. Akbar worked at the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance where he compiled neighborhood indicators and conducted housing and energy efficiency program evaluations. While pursuing his Master’s degree, he also consulted rural micro-enterprises in India on business strategy. Jahangir started his professional career at CohnReznick, where he provided audit, and consulting services to builders of affordable housing in New York City.

Mr. Akbar has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Towson University and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Yuqi Wang, Urban Planner 

Ms. Wang joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 2016 with over four years experience in urban planning, economic & financial analysis, real estate development, policy analysis, urban design, Smart Growth and LEED certification. Prior to joining RKG, Ms. Wang worked for a consulting firm creating development plans and feasibility studies, performing market analyses, financing strategies and zoning/land-use plans to a variety of public and private-sector clients. Yuqi is proficient in a variety of analytical techniques related to housing, economic analysis, demographic research and GIS-based spatial analysis. Ms. Wang is also fluent in Mandarin.

Ms. Wang earned her Bachelor’s degree in National Economic Management from Renmin University in Beijing, China, a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Jourdan S. Nash, Market Analyst/Urban Planner 

Mr. Nash joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 2017 and brings two years experience in community development, urban planning and property management. Jourdan is proficient in demographic research and economic analysis for a variety of market analyses and economic impact studies related to housing and neighborhood development.

Mr. Nash earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and his Master of Art in Urban Development from DePaul University in 2015.

 

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