VE Alliance: Civic Analytics

Civic Analytics works with VE to help economic development organizations understand, analyze and apply economic data, set strategic priorities and create actionable programs.


Civic Analytics is an economic development research and consulting firm based in Austin, TX.

Economic developers play a critical role in helping communities compete for new businesses, jobs, and private investment, but many organizations lack the capacity or technical experience required to apply economic data and analysis in a way that creates measurable return on investment for core programs—not long studies or plans that sit on shelves without adding value to day-to-day activities. Civic Analytics provides outsourced capacity to these economic development organizations, helping them understand their local economies and make informed decisions about strategic priorities. Using a common-sense approach based on a thorough understanding of successful economic development models and a style that has been described as the “incredibly hard-to-find combination of deep academic understanding and the ability to explain difficult concepts in simple terms,” Civic Analytics offers clients a unique blend of practical, on-the-ground experience and knowledge of best practices.


Brian Kelsey is Principal at Civic Analytics LLC and a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches economic development and serves as a fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Previously, Kelsey was a senior advisor at the U.S. Economic Development Administration, where he engineered a $37 million grant program highlighted by the Center for American Progress as a compelling answer to the issue of unemployment and was awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal for creating an “unprecedented platform for coordinating Federal economic development efforts.” He’s co-author of Measuring Regional Innovation with Randall Kempner and a frequent contributor to stories about Austin’s economy in the Austin American-Statesman.

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