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.