Zapalac Advisors provides strategic + master planning services for place regeneration initiatives. We work closely with clients to enhance the quality of the built environment, foster place-based innovation, and increase community resiliency.

What we do:  We provide research, planning, and storyline development services to the real estate sector, to cultural and educational organizations, to cities, and to other clients.  

How we do it:  We work collaboratively to help clients gain an acute understanding of the potential value and capacity of their resources. We integrate rigorous multiscale, place-based research and data analysis to inform problem-solving and to advance authentic placemaking. We listen to clients, help them to build from their strengths and identify strategic partners.

Why we do it:  Our goal is to help create communities that thrive, whether the project is an institution, a mixed-use development or an entire city.


At the Island Creek Oyster Farm, master planning for a new site headquarters is helping a leader in New England shellfish aquaculture drive innovation while also engaging consumers in each step of the farming process.

With a collective of seafood industry players and supporting organizations, Zapalac Advisors has produced a market development and marketing plan for New England Butter Clams, a new farmed shellfish product that is great for your table and great for the towns that grow them.

From Lights on Art and Culture in Chicopee to Taste Fall River, Zapalac Advisors is guiding multi-sector partnerships engaged in placed-based economic development and the cultivation of new entrepreneurial ecosystems through MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI).