Storm's new keynote is "UNSCREW THE FUTURE. Another revitalization plan failed? Your community isn't screwed!" Book it now!

For decades, we've seen attempts to reconcile community redevelopment with social, economic and environmental justice issues. We've seen an endless variety of slogans and tools: "Revitalization Without Gentrification" "Equitable Development" "Inclusive Development" "Placemaking" "Stakeholder Engagement' "Design Charrettes" "Visioning Workshops," etc. None solved the problem. They usually assume that their agenda is at odds with the redevelopment agenda. In this inspiring talk, Storm shows that the opposite is true: inclusive, equitable revitalization is the most reliable, resilient community and regional economic renewal. What's more: the main problem is that over 80% of revitalization plans fail...for 3 simple reasons.

BOOKS: The RE Trilogy

In 2002, The Restoration Economy advanced today's resilience trends. Praised globally.   Learn More!

In 2008, reWealth (McGraw-Hill) revealed restorative development's revitalizing secrets.   Learn More!

In 2020, RECONOMICS: The Path to Resilient Prosperity showed how to achieve economic growth, crisis recovery and community resilience together. A crucial guide for public and private leaders!  Learn More!

The Restoration Economy (2002)

reWealth (McGraw-Hill, 2008)



Based in Washington DC for the past 30 years, Storm primarily focuses on the 3 roles listed to the right, in addition to writing books.

But he also does inspirational talks and how-to workshops for non-profits & governments worldwide.

A former Green Beret, his hard-hitting, humorous, silo-busting talks can focus on water, housing, job growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, downtowns, brownfields, heritage, climate, social justice or education.


The Society of Revitalization & Resilience Professionals
Improving the process of improving places.


Journal of Urban, Rural & Environmental Resilience
News of economic, heritage, agricultural & nature regeneration.


Young & old creating a better future for all.
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Clients include governments, non-profits, schools & corporations worldwide.
In communities, Storm normally works behind the scenes to focus credit on elected leaders.

Most crisis recovery, economic revitalization and resilience efforts fail.
Let Storm reveal the secrets of long-term success at your next event.
60% of funding for revitalization and resilience is wasted. Grantmakers assume (wrongly) that recipients have an efficient local redevelopment process.  Storm will boost your ROI (Revitalization On Investment).

As Executive Director of RECONOMICS Institute: The Society of Revitalization & Resilience Professionals,
which helps populate the world with Certified RISING PLACES Practitioners (RPP).

As Editor of REVITALIZATION: The Journal of Urban, Rural & Environmental Resilience, Storm tracks news and trends in crisis recovery, economic regeneration, environmental restoration & climate resilience worldwide.

As a motivational speaker, Storm inspires, entertains & empowers via dramatic success stories, deep insights & wicked humor. His talks have been called "The ultimate 'Good News About The Future' keynote!"

As a workshop leader, Storm helps places create an efficient process for revitalization and resilience.
He fits professional silos into the regeneration process for personal and organizational growth.

Storm is often called the guru of the trillion-dollar global renewal trend. He started writing The Restoration Economy in 1996, when brownfields redevelopment, regenerative agriculture & restoration ecology emerged.
That 2002 book advanced today's regenerative trends: resilience, circular economy, carbon-negative, etc.
Storm's newest book (January 2020) RECONOMICS reveals a reliable path to inclusive, resilient regeneration.

"Storm Cunningham's RECONOMICS Process raises the bar for community and regional revitalization.

It's a powerful package, succinctly capturing the process that we have doggedly tried to identify over time, not always knowing the next step.

The RECONOMICS Process brings a holistic dimension to redevelopment, inextricably linking vision and task. "

Eric Bonham (quote date: May 2019), Board member, Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia.
Former Director, British Columbia Ministry of Environment. Former Director, British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs.


"Most professionals specialize in only part of the complex community revitalization process. Incomplete efforts usually create messy, expensive, demoralizing failures. Few specialists understand how to bring a place back to life with a holistic approach. If anyone understands the complete revitalization process, it's Storm Cunningham. He's spent over a decade rigorously studying successes and failures worldwide. He can look at a community, regional, or organizational regeneration or redevelopment process, and quickly spot what's wrong...what's missing."

- Lindsey Davis, MPA, MCRP -- Planner, Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore, MD, USA Contributor: What Weekly Magazine and Changing Media, Twitter: @TheGoodPlan

"Storm is the world’s Economic Medic: the planner, trainer, and guru for resilient, revitalized urban and regional futures. And who knows more about creating effective strategies and local “A-Teams” than a former Green Beret?"

Michael Scott

"Storm Cunningham is so far ahead of the community revitalization game, I'm in awe."

- Sarah Sieloff, Executive Director, Center for Creative Land Recycling (September 2019)