Sara Hudson established Hudson Consulting, L.L.C. in the State of Montana in 2009 to help government agencies, architects, engineers, real estate developers, planners and non profit organizations balance public and private interests in large scale development projects.
Sara's extensive work in business, community and economic development lends a well-rounded approach to solving myriad development-related challenges and expertise in securing funding and incentives to offset development costs. During her tenure at Big Sky Economic Development, for example, Sara secured funding for and managed the first phase of the Lockwood Targeted Economic Development District project, a county-wide Industrial Park Feasibility Analysis; an Industry Cluster Analysis and Marketing Plan; the Exposition Gateway Concept Plan, Phase I and Phase II Brownfields Assessments; and some of the implementation strategies set forth in the East Billings Urban Renewal District Master Plan. She managed similar types of projects at the Center for Economic Development Research and Service (CEDRAS), the Center for International Research, Education and Development (CIRED), and the City of Dallas, Texas, where she served as the leading financial analyst in the Office of Intergovernmental Services.
Most projects require sustained momentum among stakeholders, many of whom are siloed in their respective professional disciplines, constrained by budgets, and limited by span of control or authority. When community leadership is lacking, Sara is known for her ability to establish and lead public-private partnerships to accomplish shared development goals.
Sara is known for her keen insight, strategic thinking, powerful speaking and persuasive writing. Members of the Montana Economic Developers Association and the International Economic Development Council have recognized her conceptual framework distinguishing the professional disciplines of community development and economic development.
Sara’s experiential knowledge is complemented by her academic scholarship and doctoral-level understanding of public administration, planning and policy. She is an accomplished lecturer on urban studies, law and public policy and an author of a lengthy list of white papers treating germane topics of takings, growth management, intergovernmental cooperation, "smokestack chasing," tax abatements, tax increment financing and targeted economic development.
Sara also serves as the Regional Director for Snowy Mountain Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation organized for the purpose of building community and economic capital in Central Montana. In that role, Sara assists the Executive Director in the direction and management of the Center for Strategic Development, Business Development Center (BDC) and the Leadership, Education and Training (LET) Center. She manages a $3.5 million revolving loan fund to support strategic redevelopment and land plays and is also responsible to establish and grow revenue streams to sustain the organization. She monitors and develops proposed legislation to support economic and community development in Central Montana.
Sara is the former Director of the Region VIII Veterans Business Outreach Center, where she established and managed its operations, trained Service members at 11 military installations in a six-state region, counseled veterans and their spouses on every aspect of small business ownership and established partnerships with military leadership, government leaders and veteran service organizations. She is the recipient of a Montana Small Business Administration Veterans Service Award. And, Colonel Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Veterans Business Development, commended Sara as "an exemplar of leadership, collaboration and outcomes" and nicknamed her "The Big Get."