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Vice President of Research

Phone: (701) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: m***@***.com
Local Address: Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Praxis Strategy Group
3241 University Drive South
Fargo , North Dakota 58104
United States

Company Description: Praxis Strategy Group is a growth strategy company that works with communities, economic development corporations and agencies, research and development...   more

Employment History

  • Research Director
    Praxis Strategy Group
  • Community Strategy Consultant
    Praxis Strategy Group
  • Vice President for Research and Managing Editor
  • Vice President for Research
    Managing Editor
  • Associate
    Managing Editor

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Empire Arts Center Gallery


  • business development degree
    University of North Dakota
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Mark Schill, vice president for research at Praxis and managing editor of, says while ag is a huge part of the region's economy, it hasn't necessarily resulted in major employment across the food value chain. Part of the reason is that the kinds of crops grown in North Dakota lend themselves to profitable export (e.g. soybeans and lentils to Asia). But things are changing.
"People are looking at the possibility of putting more fertilizer to use," says Schill's research colleague Matt Leiphon as the area's traditional wheat harvest looms.
At the same time, North Dakotans are used to having such products present in their communities, and are prone, says Schill, to balance any "recency bias"-driven safety concerns with such factors as job creation, including 2,000 construction jobs and several convoys' worth of trucking gigs. Moreover, a win-win aspect of the Grand Forks deal is the proposed plant's site right next door to the city's wastewater treatment plant, which will supply greywater to NPN.
"There's a general sense of being pro-development," says Schill. "It's a positive economic development and good middle-class employment for the region" with jobs in the $75,000 to $80,000 range.
Mark Schill | Vice President for Research, 29 July 2014 [cached]
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Our Team Mark Schill
Mark Schill Vice President for Research & Managing Editor of 701-775-3354
Mark focuses on economic development strategy, economic analysis, demographic trends, and technology issues. With thirteen years at Praxis Strategy Group, Mark has experience in strategic planning, economic analysis, business planning, demographic research, marketing strategy, website development, online community management, and event planning. Mark is managing editor and co-founder of the population and economic analysis site
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 four 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.
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 he led a 20-member task force to address housing shortages in a small metropolitan area. 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 12 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 has planned and implemented more than two dozen economic development action summits.
Economic Analysis
Mark is the lead researcher for a new 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.
Mark recently completed Growing Wisconsin, a look at economic development strategy and the importance of manufacturing in the state. Another report, Clues From the Past: The Midwest as an Aspirational Region, outlines a potential new economic future for the Great Lakes Region.
He worked on an extensive analysis of the Houston economy, culminating in the report Opportunity Urbanism: An Emerging Paradigm for the 21st Century. Mark served as the lead analyst for a comprehensive look at the middle class in New York City. Other recent analysis projects include a study of the impact of Hispanic entrepreneurs in Los Angeles, identifying labor force and higher education needs for the Iron Range region of Northeast Minnesota, a report on the role of industrialization in economic development for the Danish Confederation of Industry, in intensive workforce and industry targeting study for Job Service North Dakota, and research for a study of world upward mobility for the Legatum Foundation based in London, UK.
In 2008, Mark was named one of the 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 an ten-year board member and past president of an arts and cultural nonprofit organization.
Houston Economic News You Might Have Missed | Wolff Companies, Number 1 in Houston Land, Commercial Real Estate in Houston Texas, Business Houston Texas, Land Development, 13 Jan 2014 [cached]
Houston ranks No. 4 on Forbes' list of "The U.S. Regions to Watch in 2014."Forbes tapped Mark Schill, research director for the Praxis Strategy Group, who crunched a range of indicative data from 2007 to present for the 52 largest U.S. metro areas.
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Mark is a community strategy consultant with Praxis Strategy Group. Mark has performed competitive economic and demographic analysis for small agricultural and mining communities in the Great Plains, to the large metros of New York, Houston, and Los Angeles.
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Praxis Strategy Group - Engaged Universities - Key Personnel and Partners, 11 Feb 2012 [cached]
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Mark Schill Vice President for Research, Managing Editor
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