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TIP Strategies, John Karras, VP, Business Development

John Karras

VP, Business Development john.karras@tipstrategies.com

John Karras has spent nearly two decades working as a national economic development strategist in communities across 40 US states, as well as Mexico and Canada. In addition to his consulting portfolio, John has built a reputation as a leading thinker on urban revitalization trends and their impact on economic development. In his role as vice president of business development, John focuses on building and maintaining TIP’s client relationships. In this work, as in his consulting engagements, he channels his understanding of the factors that drive urban vitality to empower economic development professionals and civic leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to make their communities more vibrant. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, John founded urbanSCALE.com, which introduced the first comprehensive measure of how urban a city is on a scale of 1 to 10. Before entering the economic development field, John worked at the New York City Department of Transportation’s Division of Planning & Sustainability and as an urban planning/GIS specialist with AECOM. He holds a Master of Science in Community & Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Texas State University in San Marcos. John is a frequent speaker at economic development conferences, serves as an instructor of training and professional development courses for economic development practitioners, and teaches as an adjunct lecturer at UT-Austin. John lives in Austin with his wife and son, where he lives out his obsession of finding and tasting the world’s best tacos and barbeque.

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