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Mark SchillVice President for Research & Managing Editor of NewGeography.email@example.comMark focuses on economic development strategy, economic analysis, demographic trends, and group effectiveness.
With fifteen years at Praxis Strategy Group, Mark has experience in strategic planning and group facilitation, economic analysis, business planning, demographic research, marketing strategy and public messaging, and event planning.Mark is managing editor and co-founder of the population and economic analysis site NewGeography.com.
Mark's economic and population analysis work has recently appeared in Politico, Forbes, Money Magazine, the LA Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
For the past five years, Mark has been the lead analyst and co-author of Enterprising States, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study which analyzes and profiles economic development efforts in all fifty states.
Enterprising Cities, released in late 2013 for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, profiled seven innovative regions and made the case for increased involvement by business leaders in their communities.
He is participating in ongoing or recently completed economic development projects in North Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, and California.
Recently he led an effort to coordinate workforce and economic development cooperation in a 14-county region in North Dakota and Minnesota, and a task force developing talent strategy of a multi-county region on the Great Plains.
He led a 20-member task force to address housing shortages in a small metropolitan area, and public task forces on the future of a public library, and project to address a community's "social infrastructure".
Another recent project identified new agribusiness opportunities in North Dakota's Red River Valley.
He has worked on economic development strategies and policy reports for cities in 13 states.
Mark has worked extensively on the Red River Valley Research Corridor initiative, an effort to improve the research capacity and create more high-tech jobs in the region.
He is currently part of a team leading the North Dakota STEM Network.
He has planned and implemented more than two dozen economic development action summits.
Mark was the lead researcher for a report identifying new areas of growth: America's Growth Corridors: The Key to National Revival.Mark was a major contributor to The Rise of the Great Plains: Regional Opportunity in the 21st Century, a report laying out the case for future prosperity in America's flyover country produced for Texas Tech University in 2012.
In 2014 Mark co-authored a report profiling the growth of female entrepreneurs across the nation for the Center for Women in Business and presented findings at their national summit.
He recently co-authored or contributed to policy reports on the Wisconsin manufacturing economy, opportunity urbanism in Houston, the future of New Orleans, the economic trajectory of the rust belt, and the industrial sector in Denmark.
In 2008, Mark was named one of the inaugural top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders on the Northern Plains by Prairie Business Magazine.
Mark has a business development degree from the University of North Dakota, and he has held positions with local and federal government and in the scientific research and customer service sectors.Mark has founded networking organizations, served on numerous state and local economic development task forces, and was a ten-year board member and past president of an arts and cultural nonprofit organization.
"Indianapolis is somewhat of a sponge city for the whole region," said Mark Schill, vice president of research at Praxis Strategy Group, an economic development consultant in North Dakota.
The situation in Indiana, Schill said, is common throughout the United States: States with one large city typically see their engineers, scientists and other high-tech workers flock to the urban areas from smaller towns."
To determine which cities actually offer the highest real incomes, Mark Schill, research director at Praxis Strategy Group, conducted an analysis for Forbes of the 53 largest metropolitan statistical areas, adjusting annual earnings by a cost factor that combines median home values from the U.S. Census (20%) with a measure of regional price differences from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (80%).
Mark Schill, Vice President of Research at Praxis Strategy Group, an economic development and research firm working with communities and states to improve their economies
To determine which areas are benefiting the most from the current tech boom, Mark Schill, research director at Praxis Strategy Group, analyzed employment data from the nation's 52 largest metropolitan statistical areas from 2004 to 2014.He looked at the change in employment over that timespan in companies in industries we associate with technology, such as software, engineering and computer programming services. (Note that this includes everyone at these companies, such as non-tech employees like janitors and receptionists).He also looked at the change in the numbers of workers in other industries who are classified as having STEM occupations (science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related jobs).
To determine the metro areas that are generating the most tech jobs, Mark Schill of Praxis Strategy Group, firstname.lastname@example.org, examined employment data in two different categories.
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