As a first year City of Norwalk Councilman and retired member of city management for 30 years, I learned firsthand at the 2018 ICSC Conference in Las Vegas the invaluable role Kosmont Companies brings to a city’s economic development potential. I learned many things at the conference with two of the most important ones being: (1) the complexity of development and project financing requires an extremely knowledgeable and visionary city manager, and (2) cities working with Kosmont executives like Ken Hira can connect a city to the exact people/companies to maximize and ultimately accomplish your city’s transformational economic development plan.

Tony Ayala Councilman City of Norwalk

It is perfectly fitting to have Kosmont Companies as a reliable CCMF sponsor, given their expertise in forming government and private sector partnerships. Thank you to Larry and his team for their professional efforts that help our state’s municipalities, and their financial support that helps those municipalities’ leaders.

Wade McKinney CCMF President

I would be pleased to recommend Kosmont Companies to any Prospective client seeking to use their services. The City of Buellton engaged Kosmont Companies as a consultant to provide economic development advisory services including demographic and trade area analyses, retailer and developer outreach/recruitment and planning and financing strategies.

Several retailers have recently made commitments to open locations in the City of Buellton thanks in part to their expertise and ongoing efforts. We appreciate their hands-on approach and in person interaction with staff, City Council, Chamber of Commerce, and members of the business community.

The City and business community have enjoyed working with Ken Hira and Joseph Dieguez.  Both are very knowledgeable in their field and give us honest answers and advise Although we have a small contract compared to their other clients, both Ken and Joseph do not treat us as a smaller client. They are always available via the phone and e-mail and go above and beyond their contract requirements to support economic development in the City of Buellton.

Marc P. Bierdzinski City ManagerCity of Buellton

Kosmont delivers an array of technical and deal making skills that public agencies cannot develop in-house. Their ability to understand economic development projects from the city, developer and financier perspectives has delivered tremendously successful results for Redondo Beach.

Peter Grant City ManagerCity of Cypress(Former Asst. City ManagerCity of Redondo Beach)

Through a collaborative effort between your firm and the Goleta community, business interests, City Council and City staff, we achieved all of the goals and objectives we desired in the production of the EDSP. We would be pleased to recommend your firm to any prospective client seeking to utilize your services.

Vytautas “Vyto” Adomaitis Director - Neighborhood Services & Public SafetyCity of Goleta

I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Kosmont Companies. The City of Paramount hired Kosmont Companies to provide the City consulting services in connection with performing economic and demographic analyses, developing a retail recruitment plan, assisting with the implementation of the retail recruitment plan, and providing other project management assistance.

On a personal note, I have enjoyed working with Ken Hira and Joseph Dieguez and have found both to be exceptionally professional, knowledgeable, and true to their word. They know local government works and were flexible when producing the agreed upon scope of work.

John Moreno Assistant City ManagerCity of Paramount

It is with great pleasure that I wholeheartedly endorse Kosmont to other public agencies in need of professional consulting from project management, financial analysis and real estate advisory services. They know how government works and understand how to achieve your desired results.

Troy L. Butzlaff Former Placentia City Administrator

I am pleased to be able to recommend Kosmont Associates as the City of Ridgecrest’s Retail Economic Development advisors. Kosmont Associates has become a highly-valued part of the city’s economic development team. This firm has been highly professional in its efforts for the city and has been successful in bringing quality retailers to our community. Their willingness to go beyond the services outlined in their agreement with the city has been outstanding and has allowed the city to move forward in its efforts to bring retail in to our community at a much faster pace. Their reputation has brought the city a way to meet and work with established Retail Developers, bringing them to the table to discuss both the development of new retail centers and the rehabilitation of existing ones. This office and the City of Ridgecrest highly recommend you consider Kosmont associates to become a member of your economic development team. They will be there for you in all phases of your efforts to bring retail to your community.

Gary M. Parson Economic Development ManagerCity of Ridgecrest

I have known Kosmont Companies for over 20 years and they are ethical and professional consulting group who know local government like few others. Kosmont is competent, always responsive and produces top notch quality work. The City of South Gate and Kosmont Companies have enjoyed a long term collaborative relationship on Economic Development matters and we look forward to their continued support and expertise in guiding our long-range goals.

Michael Flad City ManagerCity of South Gate

It is with great pleasure and without doubt that I fully endorse Kosmont Companies to other public agencies in need of professional staffing.

Daniel Mintz MayorCity of Twentynine Palms

The Kosmont team is responsive and very skilled. They identify issues and provide solutions for both technical and policy based projects. A high point is Kosmont’s ability to communicate clearly and effectively in smaller working meetings as well as larger, frequently stressful, public meetings. Their financial and economic work is reliable, credible and user friendly.

Laurie Hughes Executive DirectorGateway to L.A.