We craft economic and financial strategies to fit your unique land use and water resources challenges

Hansford Economic Consulting (HEC) provides planning, economic, and financial services for public and private clients in the Western United States. The company, founded in 2005, is owned and managed by Catherine Hansford, an applied economist with over 20 years of experience. HEC works on small to regional scale projects for regional agencies, counties and cities, special districts, non-profits, private entities, and homeowner associations.

“Hansford Economic Consulting has helped take our Regional Water Plan to a higher level. Catherine’s specialized knowledge in the utility field has been invaluable in collecting and analyzing cost and financing data from various sources in our community. Her firm’s work is thorough, accurate, and well presented; it’s executed with the highest level of professionalism. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Hansford Economic Consulting to any of my colleagues.”

– Jim Smitherman, Program Manager
Western Regional Water Commission

Our high-quality work products span a breadth of land and water resource related topics that touch our human communities and environments

HEC endorses progressive and adaptive planning, understanding that plans are useful only if they are comprehensive, relevant to the specific local conditions, and lead to implementation. HEC synthesizes ideas with data to produce deliverables that exceed client expectations. Our personal approach is desirable when working on sensitive community issues with a divergent customer base and/or the interests of multiple stakeholders. HEC works with clients to find the best solutions for their own unique circumstances by listening to and collaborating with clients; this is what sets HEC apart from our competition.



Infrastructure Networks Analysis

Asset valuation and replacement analysis, benefit-cost analysis, and safe routes to school studies.

Agency Governance, Mergers & Organization

Regional governance, interlocal agreements, organizational assessments and strategic plans.

Economic Development & Business Impact Analysis

Economic impact studies, job creation analysis, EIR/EIS socioeconomic impacts.

Public Facilities and Services Financing Plans

Public infrastructure and operations funding plans, jobs and housing studies.

Fee Nexus Studies

Linkage studies to determine new development fees.

Fiscal Impact Studies

Municipal revenue and cost estimates, real estate development feasibility, tax sharing analyses

Water Utilities Resource and Financial Plans

Water, wastewater, recycled water, and solid waste rate studies; income surveys; demand analysis and projections; application assistance for state and federal funding.