Economic Perspectives with Hopeton Hay on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX

Economic Development and State of Economy Focus of August 23 Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on August 22, 2010

“But at some point we will have to recognize that economic development, as measured by new jobs and growth in GDP at least, may not be filtering down to workers in the form of higher wages and incomes. Growth statistics ring hollow for people who don’t see any improvements in living standards. Figuring this out is our next challenge,” writes economist Brian Kelsey in his Civic Analytics blog.

Kelsey will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Austin, Texas, and U.S. economy on the August 23 edition of Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  He is principal and founder of Civic Analytics, a consulting firm that provides research and strategic planning services for economic and workforce development.  Listen live online at

Brian Kelsey

In his blog Kelsey writes that “in 1999, at the apex of the go-go technology days, per capita income in the Austin region peaked at 110.4 percent of U.S. per capita income. By 2009, we had fallen to less than 91 percent, which we haven’t seen since 1989.”

Prior to joining the consulting world full-time in May 2010, Kelsey was Director of Economic Development at the Capital Area Council of Governments in Austin, Texas, serving a region of 10 counties, 60 cities, and 1.8 million people.

Previously, he was a research associate with the Council on Competitiveness in Washington, DC, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization of CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders focused on U.S. economic competitiveness. Working under Randall Kempner, Kelsey co-authored Measuring Regional Innovation, a guidebook on regional economic development funded by the Economic Development Administration.

Kelsey is a frequent speaker on economic development and regional trends. He’s presented for the International Economic Development Council, Texas Economic Development Council, National Association of Development Organizations, and many community and regional groups. Kelsey’s blog at Civic Analytics has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Global Corporate Xpansion, and Economic Development Now.

Kelsey earned a master’s degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest distinction.


One Response to “Economic Development and State of Economy Focus of August 23 Economic Perspectives”

  1. […] be joining Hopeton Hay on Economic Perspectives on Monday at 5:30 PM. Hopeton is making valuable contributions to our understanding of economic and […]

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