Advisory Services

Texas Higher Education Foundation – Tech Transfer and Commercialization Plan

Challenge In addition to producing the talent the economy relies on, innovation born out of Texas higher education institutions plays an essential role in the state’s global economic competitiveness. State leaders have made significant investments in this area, nearly tripling the number of top tier research universities in the past […]

International Economic Development Council (IEDC) – Equity Playbook Cohort Facilitation

Challenge Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) play a key role in expanding access to financial products and services in low-income and moderate-income communities. A range of institutions can be designated as CDFIs including banks, credit unions, loan funds, and venture capital funds. An August 2023 analysis by the Federal Reserve

Texas Association of Business – Statewide Economic Development Plan

Challenge The COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic upheaval had a negative impact on business supply chains, workers, and communities in Texas and around the globe. This upheaval exacerbated existing business challenges, particularly for small- and minority-owned businesses. Along with its challenges, the downturn presented opportunities to build on trends that

Columbus Partnership (OH) – Alignment of Regional Economic Development Efforts

Challenge The Columbus Partnership (Partnership) is a CEO group comprised of 80 leaders from the region’s largest companies and institutions. The organization is charged with aligning business leadership behind the vision of Columbus, Ohio, becoming the most prosperous metropolitan area in the country in terms of both economic and social

Eureka Holdings – Advisory Services

Challenge Historically, east Austin has not received a proportionate share of revenue or investment. When investment has occurred in this part of the city, the benefits have often excluded current residents or resulted in displacement. As growth pressures continued to affect major east Austin corridors, forward-looking investors sought strategies for

Harris County, TX – Department of Economic Equity and Opportunity

Challenge As the central county of one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas (Houston, Texas), Harris County provides an extensive array of services to a population the size of which rivals many states. Despite its numerous responsibilities, broad network, and substantial budget, the County lacked a clear role in economic

Harris County Precinct 1, TX – Tax Abatement Policy Review

Challenge The use of incentives is often criticized for providing a subsidy to a private entity at the expense of taxpayers. However, a strategic approach to structuring and targeting incentives can be an effective means of achieving specific goals and desired outcomes. As part of the establishment of an office

Delaware Workforce System – Strategic Operating Framework & Employer Engagement

Challenge Fragmentation of services is a common challenge among state-level workforce development systems, often resulting in inconsistencies in service delivery and a lack of clarity in priorities and vision. Delaware’s publicly funded workforce system encompasses more than a dozen organizations including county- and state-level entities. While its three counties function

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