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Our Philosophy

Genuine community development starts with the people of the community.  Achieving vibrant communities, therefore, is an "of, by, and for the people" process. 

Our Experience

With more than 25 years of experience in community-driven development, we’ve learned a few lessons about what works and what doesn't. 

Our Services

We offer a range of services to assist you with achieving your vision for an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant community.  But it all starts with what YOU want. 

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Strategies & Components of Genuine Community Development

Genuine community development that is respectful and sustainable is (1) asset-affirming; (2) trauma-informed; (3) evidence-based; and (4) community-driven.

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Ideas & Inspiration from Other Communities

There's no need to re-invent the wheel when we can learn from the experiences of others. We're happy to share what we've discovered from other communities, near & far.  

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Observations & Thoughts about Various Issues & Developments

Want to know what we think about the issues of the day that impact life in our communities and/or our capacity to build the communities we want.

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About Us

About Us

Vibrant Communities Consulting was established by Sean Thomas because "I love working with people who have a passion for their community, especially people who can see beyond immediate challenges and are willing to work together to achieve a much brighter future."

​​As Executive Director of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group for more than 12 years, Sean facilitated a process that resulted in a 28% growth in residential population, a 42% reduction in crime (2010-2015), national, state, and local awards for achievements in neighborhood revitalization, and recognition as the "Best Place to Live" (Riverfront Times, Best of St. Louis, 2015).

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See what our friends and followers in the social media have to say about the community development and sustainability issues we care about - and add your voice to the conversation.

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Links & Resources of Interest

If you're looking for the latest research on what it takes to achieve vibrant communities, you're establishing a community development library, or you just want some recommendations for your next book club selection, we've got some ideas. And, we're always open to learning what else is out there, so let us know what is missing from our list.

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Questions, comments, or insights? We'd love to hear from you.

Vibrant Communities Consulting

(314) 520-8091