Kyle Vangel


Kyle creates real estate and economic development strategies that address public policy priorities and strengthen communities.

Kyle’s practice focuses on economic development, community planning, and transportation initiatives. He is based in Massachusetts and works with clients throughout North America.

Kyle helps cities throughout the country create and refine their economic development strategies, policies, and incentive toolkits. He assisted the cities of Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio, and New Orleans in evaluating the efficacy and efficiency of their incentive policies and identifying opportunities to better align these programs with community objectives. He also supported the Indy Chamber in identifying opportunities to re-position existing incentive programs to drive inclusive economic development outcomes, and worked with the City of Grand Rapids to produce its Equitable Economic Development and Mobility Strategic Plan, which provides detailed guidance on actions the City and its partners will take to promote inclusive economic growth and equitable transportation access. Currently, Kyle is advising the City of Tulsa on the development of a strategy to enhance the City’s community and economic development service delivery systems, with a focus on reducing inequities in outcomes for Tulsa residents.

Kyle brings national experience advancing citywide, downtown, neighborhood, and site-specific plans and development strategies. Kyle advised the cities of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts on the development of their respective citywide plans, Imagine Boston 2030 and Envision Cambridge, which focus on promoting inclusive economic growth and enhancing housing affordability. He is currently supporting the City of Boston in developing a vision for the future of Downtown Boston along with a supportive suite of regulations, tools, and policies through the Downtown Boston Planning Study. Kyle also managed HR&A’s work advising on real estate and economic development opportunities associated with the Downtown Raleigh Plan, and subsequently led the development of a coordinated strategy for the disposition of City-owned sites in Downtown Raleigh.

Kyle also specializes in assessing opportunities for transit-oriented development and measuring the economic benefits of transportation projects. He has worked with several transit agencies and municipalities to evaluate the economic development implications of alternative transit mode and alignment choices. His analysis has also illustrated the value of vital infrastructure projects like the Long Island Rail Road Third Track and Rochester Inner Loop East Transformation Project. Recently, he supported the City of Raleigh in developing policies and programs to encourage equitable development outcomes around the City’s new bus rapid transit system.

Prior to joining HR&A, Kyle worked as a Consultant at the global management and strategy consultancy Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). Kyle holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received the Louise Venable Coker Award for Best Masters Project. He graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and economics.

International Economic Development Council, Member

Urban Land Institute, Member