Margrave Strategies is an embedded consultancy that works alongside institutional leadership and in collaboration with stakeholders to execute placemaking and economic development strategies at major anchor institutions across the State of Maryland. Providing real-estate and strategic-planning expertise, we support our clients with a data-driven approach, analyzing needs and developing recommendations that focus on creating community and sense of place. Our team works alongside the organization team to implement and execute a placemaking strategy together. We are the only team that provides these services at major public universities in Maryland.  

A prime example of our embedded work comes from Ken Ulman’s role as Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development at the University of Maryland, College Park. Beyond serving as an advisor, Ken is a member of the Cabinet of President Dr. Wallace Loh, and is responsible for executing the Greater College Park initiative, a program that is focused on creating dynamic academic spaces, transforming the Baltimore Avenue corridor into a vibrant, downtown community, and creating a robust public-private research enterprise. Through this role, Margrave Strategies has unique insight into the University System of Maryland. In addition to our partnership with UMD, Margrave has also been retained for similar work on behalf of Towson University, Salisbury University, and Bowie State University. 

Margrave Strategies leverage’s our deep relationships with stakeholders across the state to help our diverse portfolio of clients execute their strategic plans, enhance their profile, and drive opportunities to fulfill their core mission and objectives.

Greater College Park Initiative

Greater College Park links dynamic academic buildings, a public-private research hub and vibrant downtown community. Over 30 projects, including The Hotel at the University of Maryland, four new academic buildings and new downtown amenities, are under way. 


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