Christian Vetter

Retail Market Analyst


Christian is the Managing  Principal at Vetter Consulting Enterprises, LLC. His prior professional experience includes a Principal for Market and Feasibility Advisors, and a Senior Associate at Economics Research Associates and AECOM. Prior to re-locating to Chicago in 2001, Christian worked in Germany for BKC and OPLA, both consulting practices focused on community consulting, land use, downtown revitalization, and redevelopment, planning and economic impact assessments.

Christian has completed assignments for public and private clients, covering market and feasibility studies, highest and best use assessments, economic and fiscal impact assessments and private-public partnerships in a variety of real estate related fields, utilizing and analyzing a broad spectrum of data sources and socio-economic, commercial and demographic indices. Assignments included impact studies, commercial and residential real estate market analyses, RDE, leisure, hospitality, tourism, sports and recreational projects, downtown revitalization projects, comprehensive plans, and public-private partnerships. Christian teams with New Venture Advisors to provide retail demand assessments for our mixed-use food facility projects.

Christian received undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Augsburg, Germany, with a focus in economics.

 Whatcom County Food System Plan

In 2021, the Whatcom County Food System Committee conducted a community food assessment that pointed to key opportunities to build a more robust and resilient regional food system. New Venture Advisors partnered with Whatcom County staff and the Food System Committee to draft a Whatcom County Food System Plan that builds upon these findings. This Plan focuses on five key goals for building a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system, and was informed by an inclusive community engagement process. The Food System Plan will provide the county with a policy roadmap that will strengthen the local food system for years to come. (2023)

 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a collaborative production kitchen benefitting food access, school system, and community organizations. The goal is strengthening Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. The facility will also feature an incubation kitchen, demonstration kitchen, event and classroom space, collaborative office and conference facilities, and housing.  New Venture Advisors developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development through engagement and operational development. (2023)