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Senior Adviser for Economic Development

The Energy and Environment Project

Economist, Planner, Evaluator and Grantsman
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  • New Hope, PA, United States
  • English, French

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Experienced in formal research reports, legal & legislative expert witness testimony, program plans & evaluations and consultancy services.

About

I work at the interface of the economy and environment, devising equitably approaches to pursuing development and environmental protection.

My Company's Mission: "To promote sustainable development through data collection, analysis, and information dissemination about the economic, social and environmental consequences of ecosystem and climate change and possible ameliorative private and public policy responses."

The firm assembles tailored teams of experienced professionals for the conduct of applied research and technical assistance on economic and environmental development issues.

Our (mostly my) experience Includes:

• Analysis of Climate Change Costs and Related Investment Issues

• Brownfield Program and Redevelopment Assistance

• Energy Conservation and Renewables Planning and Project Implementation

• Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project Financing

• Environmental Insurance Product Availability

• Environmental Risk Analysis for Real Estate Redevelopment

• Cost-Benefit Analyses of Public Projects and Programs

• Demographic and Socio-Economic Profiles and Analysis

• Expert Witness Testimony (legislative bodies, courts, & regulatory agencies)

• Labor Force Analysis

• Local Economic Development Program Planning

• Local Government Support for Community Planning and Housing

• Organizing and Development Support for Community-Based Organizations

• Plant Closing Adjustment and Job Development Planning

• Preparation of Plans and Proposals for Non-Profits and Local Governments

• Public Assistance Program Design and Standards

• Public Energy Policy Planning and Impact Assessment

• Public Policy Economic Impact Studies

• Real Estate Project Market Analysis and Feasibility Studies

• Regional Economic Analysis

• Survey Research Assistance and Services

• Utility Rate and Regulations Setting Interventions

Specialties: Outputs and services tailored to client needs, including:

• formal research reports

• legal and legislative expert witness testimony

• program plans

• project evaluations

• specialized technical assistance

• training, and consultancy services

Writing to the audience requested by clients, from specialized formal academic products to outlines and introductions intended for high school level readers with no specialized training.

Experience

March 1981 - Present

(40 years 9 months)

President and Chief Economist

The E.P. Systems Group, Inc. New hope, PA

My Company's Mission: "To promote sustainable development through data collection, analysis, and information dissemination about the economic, social and environmental consequences of ecosystem and climate change and possible ameliorative private and public policy responses."
The firm assembles tailored teams of experienced professionals for the conduct of applied research and technical assistance on economic and environmental development issues.

Our (mostly my) experience Includes:
• Analysis of Climate Change Costs and Related Investment Issues
• Brownfield Program and Redevelopment Assistance
• Energy Conservation and Renewables Planning and Project Implementation
• Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project Financing
• Environmental Insurance Product Availability
• Environmental Risk Analysis for Real Estate Redevelopment
• Cost-Benefit Analyses of Public Projects and Programs
• Demographic and Socio-Economic Profiles and Analysis
• Expert Witness Testimony (legislative bodies, courts, & regulatory agencies)
• Labor Force Analysis
• Local Economic Development Program Planning
• Local Government Support for Community Planning and Housing
• Organizing and Development Support for Community-Based Organizations
• Plant Closing Adjustment and Job Development Planning
• Preparation of Plans and Proposals for Non-Profits and Local Governments
• Public Assistance Program Design and Standards
• Public Energy Policy Planning and Impact Assessment
• Public Policy Economic Impact Studies
• Real Estate Project Market Analysis and Feasibility Studies
• Regional Economic Analysis
• Survey Research Assistance and Services
• Utility Rate and Regulations Setting Interventions

January 1988 - July 2008

(20 years 6 months)

Professor of Urban Policy and Economics

University of LouisvilleLouisville, KY

Director, Center for Environmental Policy and Management ('93-'08)
Director, EPA Region 4 Environmental Finance Center ('96-07)
Launched PhD in Urban and Public Affairs in 1988

Conducted Research on ...
* Local Economic Development
* Brownfield Redevelopment
* Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Climate Change
* Environmental Risk Perception and Management
* Environmental Insurance
* Sustainable Development
* Urban Planning

Taught Courses and Advised Dissertations in ...
* Urban Economics
* Cost-Benefit Analysis
* Environmental Policy
* Local Economic Development

September 1968 - December 1987

(19 years 3 months)

Asst/Assoc Professor of Community Development

The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park, PA

1979-87 Director, Local Economic Development Assistance Project
1978-87 Faculty Assoc., PA Transportation Insti.
1973-87 Directed Community Economic Development Planning option in masters and PhD programs
1985-86 Sabbatical in the UK: Sr. Res. Assoc., Center for Employment Initiatives, London; Sr.Researcher, The Planning Exchange, Glasgow
1977-78 Sabbatical: National Congress. for Community Economic Development

Created new Curricula and Degree Programs:
• BS in Community Development
• PhD Program in Community Systems Planning and Development

Education

1965 - 1970

PhD,Economics; Statistics Minor

Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison

1961 - 1965

BA,Economics; minors: Political Science, Math

Swarthmore College