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About Michele Reeves

Michele E. Reeves is an urban strategist with significant private sector experience revitalizing commercial districts. Her 14 plus years in real estate include working on public/private partnerships, marketing unknown or undesirable districts, pre-development consulting, siting manufacturing facilities, strategizing acquisitions and development with private sector investors, helping districts build identity, and creating retail leasing strategies. She founded Civilis Consultants to assist mixed-use and commercial districts to recognize and leverage their strengths, build successful relationships, and craft their unique stories. Michele has a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
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A Wall, No Matter How Pretty, Is Still…a Wall


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I Bet You Can’t Guess What this Is!

Four Seasons Denver

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When Improving Places, It Always Comes Down to People

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Mall Development Map Timeline

When he got his start in the grocery business with Fred Meyer decades ago, Gary Slabaugh said he knew EVERY[Read More…]

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There Is No Such Thing as a Rain-Free Downtown Experience

Tacoma Washington

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