Dr. Bellas (Ph.D.) is President of Urban Analytics, Inc., real estate and urban planning consultants based in Alexandria, Va. The firm has done extensive work in this research field for many clients across the nation, including communities in Maryland and the Charles County Government. It has examined and identified the fiscal impacts and economic drivers for a span of developments, from those in cities and the suburbs, to those in more rural and transitioning communities. Urban Analytics has been contracted to evaluate and report, in detail, the economic and fiscal impacts of the proposed HUB development.

“The proposed HUB development, at full build-out and occupancy, is projected to contribute substantially to the economic health and vitality of the town of La Plata and to Charles County. The HUB at La Plata is expected to be a stimulus that will spur economic growth. This big picture takes into account critical variables such as population, jobs, aggregate income and spending, the tax base, the construction and real estate industries, and public revenues and expenditures linked to housing. The analysis will also take into account skilled tradesmen and those with higher education, while providing a robust community where people can work efficiently, reduce their time in traffic, and have the quality of life they want.”