ConsultEcon Management & Economic Insight

Museums are important to a community’s cultural, educational and economic well being.  ConsultEcon is proud to be a member of the museum community and provide market, economic, business and planning services to create successful new museums and support existing museums to remain economically vital while maximizing community benefits, mission achievement, and their market potential.


Civil/Human Rights

Eatonville Cultural Center:  Eatonville, Florida
Participated in concept development and site analysis, and prepared a market study and operating plan.  This cultural center celebrates a number of themes, including Eatonville’s history as the first African American incorporated town, the life and legacy of author Zora Neale Hurston, the historic Hungerford School, and the ongoing cultural offerings of Eatonville and Central Florida.  This project supports community development goals in addition to its cultural offerings.

National Civil Rights Hall of Fame:  Gary, Indiana
The National Civil Rights Hall of Fame is envisioned as a center for information, documentation and preservation of stories and artifacts of the Civil Rights Movement.  A feasibility study including market potential and operating plan was prepared.  The economic and fiscal impacts of the project were estimated.

Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum:  Albany, Georgia
Evaluated an expanded Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum.  The study included population analysis and demographic make-up, tourist market analysis, comparable attraction review, projections of visitation and physical planning parameters, as well as an operating plan.  We later re-evaluated the Civil Rights Museum including new location/concept options.

Harriet Tubman Museum: 
Macon, Georgia
This project, which was accomplished in conjunction with a primary market research firm, assessed the feasibility of expansion of the Harriet Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia.  Financial pro forma projections were also developed.

Phoenix Bank African American Museum: 
Suffolk, Virginia
Evaluated the market and operating potential of the proposed Phoenix Bank Museum in Suffolk, Virginia.  The museum’s purpose is to increase understanding and appreciation of African American heritage of Nansemond County and the City of Suffolk.  Our work included the evaluation of market support and facility sizing parameters, as well as an operating plan and financial pro formas.

African-American Heritage Museum:  Atlanta, Georgia
Evaluated the market potential of a proposed African-American Museum for the Atlanta Development Authority. This work included evaluation of tourist and resident market characteristics and comparable project market and operating results. The rich African-American heritage of Atlanta provided context for the museum development plan.

International Museum of Women:  San Francisco, California
Evaluated the market and operating opportunities for the concept of developing the International Museum of Women as a visitor attraction.  In addition to exhibits that profile women’s history, contemporary issues and visions for the future will be studied in the Museum.  Exhibits on "defining female," women and the workplace, and the changes women have made in history will be examined by the International Museum of Women.  An economic and fiscal impacts analysis was prepared to further demonstrate the benefits of this project.