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Vice President for Research & Managing Editor of NewGeography.com
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 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 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.
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 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.
has worked on economic development strategies and policy reports for cities in 12 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.
has planned and implemented more than two dozen economic development action summits.
Mark is the lead researcher for a new 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
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.
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.