How we got started

The Incremental Development Alliance began in 2015 as a collaboration between small developers John Anderson and Monte Anderson and now Executive Director Jim Kumon. John and Monte found themselves overwhelmed by the number of people asking them the same question: how do I build a small building in the place I love? In order to share their mentorship and hard-won knowledge far and wide, Jim spearheaded the creation of the Alliance and structured their experiences into training for aspiring small developers. With the help of Gracen Johnson and the Board of Directors, the organization created a suite of classroom-based and hands-on coaching tools that could be scaled across the country for the benefit of municipal clients and developers alike.

The Alliance part of our name celebrates the many individuals, institutions, foundations, and grassroots groups that are our allies in this work. We are an Alliance of doers dedicated to our neighborhoods across this continent.

We are grateful to our founding members for making this Alliance a reality.



Our production support



Some of the organizations that have brought our work to life

  • Southwest Michigan First

  • City of Kalamazoo, MI

  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority

  • Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise

  • Lyndhurst Foundation, Chattanooga, TN

  • MidTown, Inc., Columbus, GA

  • Knight Foundation, Miami, FL

  • City of Tigard, OR

  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation

  • Memphis Medical District Collaborative

  • City of Corpus Christi, TX

  • City of Hamtramck, MI

  • City of Marlette / GLS Region 5, MI

  • Liv6 - Detroit, MI

  • Kettering University - Flint, MI

  • Connecticut Main Street Center