Urban Development Services specializes
in design management and retail economics for commercial revitalization. UDS seeks
to develop approaches that are market driven and encourage
pedestrian oriented development. Urban Development
Services grew naturally out of Scott
Day’s 17 years of experience with the National
Trust's Main Street Center.
Urban Development Services has developed
a merchandising workshop for small
independent retailers focusing on the use of inventory
control, open-to-buy, floor planning and visual merchandising. Scott
Day’s retail background includes work as the merchandising
and department manager for Potpourri, a contemporary home furnishings
store in Milwaukee.
Scott Day regularly conducts training
sessions on urban planning issues, architectural restoration,
sales leakage analysis and business recruitment and retention.
Emphasis is on development of existing businesses and ways
to grow these businesses into larger concerns while diversifying
the economic base with recruitment of new, complementary
In addition to working with individual businesses, Scott
Day has also developed design guidelines that facilitate
the development of pedestrian oriented retail districts.
These form-based codes are easier to understand and much
easier to administer than typical style-based design guidelines.
He has worked with Main Street programs in
over forty states representing over 500 different communities.