Plan F Solutions is a consulting company launched by Brian A. Friedman.
Mr. Friedman has over 20 years of community development experience working in low to moderate income communities primarily in the Northeast Ohio region.
Over the last ten years, Mr. Friedman has developed and implemented programs to increase commercial and residential investment in the mixed income, mixed race neighborhood of Collinwood located in Cleveland Ohio. A significant success that Mr. Friedman led is the redevelopment of the Waterloo Business District from a 40% vacant urban commercial corridor into a regional arts and entertainment district with a 6% vacancy rate. Mr. Friedman raised over $9 million in public and philanthropic support to move this initiative forward.
What is unique about this transformation is that this journey transformed the organization’s efforts from traditional community development activities into a focused data-driven creative placemaking effort drawing significant recognition from across the country. There were several components of this overall community revitalization strategy. Mr. Friedman led several residential redevelopment initiatives as well as launched an intergenerational charter school in an effort to retain the young artistic families that were attracted to the neighborhood’s rise.
Mr. Friedman brings significant experiences in creative placemaking, nonprofit management, real estate development, arts and culture, urban education, as well as other key related sub areas to Plan F Solutions. With growing interest for Mr. Friedman’s assistance in various housing, arts and business development initiatives nationwide, he exited this nonprofit leadership role and launched Plan F Solutions.
In addition to Mr. Friedman’s community development experience, Mr. Friedman was a Budget/Policy Analyst at the Legislative Budget Office for the State of Ohio General Assembly. Brian A. Friedman is a graduate of both The College of Wooster and The Ohio State University.