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Real estate development shouldn’t happen to you,

it should happen for you.

“One day, perhaps, unimaginable generations hence, we will evolve into the knowledge that human beings are more important than real estate and will permit this knowledge to become the ruling principle of our lives. For I do not for an instant doubt, and I will go to my grave believing, that we can build Jerusalem, if we will.”

- From James Baldwin in “Nothing Personal”

We connect your ideas and opinions

to real estate developers who want to build responsive, sustainable development.

We are busy PARENTS

who want our physical space to reflect our values and support our dreams of achieving and being more.

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16 Jul 2018 Bisnow

Former Vornado Manager Launches Platform To Connect D.C. Developers With Community

Chang last year founded Imby Community, an online platform aimed at connecting developers with the people affected by their projects to get a better sense of public attitudes and improve the dialogue. After completing a pilot with Ditto Residential, Imby Community last month launched a beta product in four neighborhoods: Shaw, Tenleytown, NoMa and Deanwood.

02 May 2018 Technically

InnoMAYtion returns with a chance to connect with civic tech

The month of May arrived Tuesday, and for the D.C. government that means it’s time for InnoMAYtion. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s monthlong celebration of entrepreneurship shows the intersection of tech and local government, and celebrates entrepreneurship in the District.

IMBY: In my backyard? Why, sure.

When developers and residents fight, everyone loses. It could mean millions of dollars in delays and losses for the developer or a disgruntled and unhappy collection of neighbors. Or both. But entrepreneur Michelle Chang wants to solve that scenario with her fledgling startup, imby.

10 Aug 2017 3BL Media

SEED SPOT, Booz Allen Hamilton Award Local Social Good Entrepreneurs

imby, a digital platform designed to help individuals stay informed about plans for development in their communities, with its #GrowtheGood award. By aggregating public information and making it easily accessible, imby enables citizens, real estate developers, and local governments to become and remain informed about community needs and encourage sustainable development.

28 Jun 2017 SEED SPOT

Imby: Where Citizens are the Real MVPs

With a background in real estate development in East Coast cities like D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia, Michelle Beaman Chang has experienced her fair share of real estate challenges. Most people don’t know when a real estate development project is being proposed. The current zoning process isn’t set up to reach most people even when they’re digitally plugged into their communities. Michelle was looking for a product that would help facilitate this flow of information and dialogue when she came up with the premise of Imby.

What people say about us


Imby is a great community resource because you're either at the table or on the menu.

Local OrganizerWashington, D.C.

I need Imby to reach more people in the community to communicate our project plans - on all our projects in pre-development.

Partnerships and relationships are so vital to the progress of community. Imby is the missing link in the field of community development to create partnership between real estate developers, neighbors, and key community stakeholders in the private, public, and non-profit sectors to realize their interconnectedness in improving community.

Political StafferWashington, D.C.

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