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Vice President for Research & Managing Editor of NewGeography.com
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
, 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.
is participating in ongoing or recently completed economic development projects in North Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, and California.
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.
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.
has worked on economic development strategies and policy reports for cities in 13 states.
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.
is currently part of a team leading the North Dakota STEM Network.
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.
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 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.
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.