As publisher of Revitalization News Storm is on top of the latest trends in urban / rural regeneration, nature restoration, and economic resilience.
At his partnership workshops, he helps cities & regions find their best economic growth opportunities, with effective strategies for funding & action.
As a speaker, Storm is a "professional optimist", helping places overcome pessimism, partisanship, lethargy and complexity to achieve revitalization.

Storm is the speaker you need to catalyze socially responsible economic growth and environmental renewal.

As a community resilience author and speaker, and as a Regional Partnerships Planner for government agencies,
mayors, governors, BIDs, CDCs, CDFIs, Chambers, universities, non-profits, and foundations, Storm helps places worldwide
renew the natural, built, social, and economic assets they have today, to attract the resources they’ll need tomorrow.


Storm is the world’s cheerleader and guru for resilient, revitalized futures. And who
knows more about creating effective teams and strategies than a former Green Beret?
Michael Scott

Recent Talk – Braving Complexity For Success: Busting our silos to deal with the uncontrollable nature of communities and economies.
Recent Talk – Renewal Rules: What corporate leaders can learn about growth from urban revitalization and ecological restoration.
Recent Workshop – Creating A Resilient Future: Does your community have a comprehensive economic strategy and process, or just a plan?
Recent Workshop – Revitalizing Politics: Creating a nonpartisan, renewal-based mayoral or gubernatorial strategy & platform.



In 2002, Storm’s landmark first book, The Restoration Economy, helped launch the global regeneration trend.

His 2008 book, reWealth, revealed how communities use restorative development to revitalize.

Storm has helped schools raise millions of dollars to endow new chairs and launch new institutes.
His 3rd book, Revitalizing Careers (2017), is for students, teachers, and job seekers who wish to repurpose, renew, and reconnect our depleted, fragmented world for a living.

3 Sample Talks/Workshops

Based in Washington DC, Storm does Inspiring talks for general audiences, and How To for planners, economic developers, and mayors worldwide.

His silo-busting keynotes can focus on water, housing, job growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, downtowns, brownfields, heritage, fisheries, climate adaptation, social justice, ecology, or education.

3 Australian Urban Planning
and Green Building Events

Sept. 8 and Sept. 24, 2015
Sydney, New South Wales
Sept. 11, 2015
Perth, Western Australia

Planning Institute of Australia
Green Building Council of Australia

Sustainable YOU
Regional Conference

March 22-23, 2016
Tallahassee, Florida

City of Tallahassee

Historic Preservation
Summer School

July 21, 2016
Frederick, Maryland

Preservation Maryland


Struggling?  Revitalize your local revitalization efforts with a
Comprehensive Renewal Process and Regional Action Partnership.

Storm will come to you, 1 week/quarter for a year, to help you create both.

Regional Partnership Plan

Just as a downtown can't revitalize in isolation from its suburbs, so too does a community have trouble revitalizing when not integrated with its region. But many regions lack an appropriate government entity to lead renewal. Public-public and public-private partnerships are the answer.


Whether your goal is economic revitalization, natural resource restoration, climate change adaptation, or disaster resilience (or all four), a regional action partnership is your best path to the critical mass of resources you’ll need to succeed.


Storm will collaboratively plan both your regional partnership, and your comprehensive renewal process: vision, strategy, planning, policies, projects, partners, and ongoing program. And he'll help implement both, to trigger renewal if your area is distressed, or boost resilience if prosperous.


Do you need a renewal strategy and comprehensive process? Read this.



Lindsey Davis
"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 (urban innovation/analysis), Baltimore, MD, USA Contributor: What Weekly Magazine and Changing Media, Twitter: @TheGoodPlan

Want to start or end your event with an inspiring, big-picture BANG?

Storm's keynote will reveal your audience's untapped potential in creating a better world for all.

"I love helping public and private stakeholders work more effectively and harmoniously for resilient community prosperity.
This is achieved via a comprehensive renewal process that regenerates downtown, suburbs, heritage, jobs, natural resources, and rural areas.  I help community foundations, non-profits, governments, schools, and redevelopers worldwide.  How may I help you?"  -  Storm

Call 1-202-684-6815 or email to schedule Storm for your next event or project.

"Storm is the world's Renewal Process Planner, helping places revitalize and regenerate their economic, social, heritage, built, and natural realms together."