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Vice President for Research

Phone: (701) ***-****  
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
  • Associate
    Praxis Strategy Group
  • Vice President for Research and Managing Editor
  • Vice President for Research
    Managing Editor
  • Associate
    Managing Editor


  • business development degree
    University of North Dakota
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So that's bringing a lot of ..., 23 Dec 2015 [cached]
So that's bringing a lot of new money to the state and creating really a foundation for the state and regional economy," says Mark Schill, vice president of Praxis Strategy Group and lead author of the chamber report.
According to the Enterprising States report, Utah is the most "fundamentally sound" state across all identified policy areas. In fact, it was the only state to rank in the top 10 in five of the six major lists it compiled for the overall report. Utah just missed placing in the talent pipeline category, says Schill.
Schill says extreme demand for tech talent is a national trend, but it's even more pronounced in Utah, which has faced rapid growth in the tech sector. "The tech economy there is younger in its cycle than, say, in California or in Silicon Valley, so you're in that real growth period," he says. "[Companies are] starting to grow, so they're hungry for talent. The growth is really fueling high demand for workers."
To close the gap, Schill advises the state keep a strong focus on educational attainment efforts like Prosperity 2020, which is striving to hit a milestone of 66 percent of Utah adults earning a certificate or post-secondary degree by the year 2020.
"If the state can continue to build up its human capital, if you coupled that with the growth that's already occurring and the successes that are being had at the research universities and creating some high-tech businesses, the state would be in a very strong position," he says.
The results are evident in a ..., 25 Nov 2015 [cached]
The results are evident in a recent study prepared by Mark Schill, research director at Praxis Strategy Group, who analyzed tech and STEM employment data from the 52 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the United States from 2004 to 2014.
The city currently ranks 15th in the Metropolitan Tech-STEM Growth Index prepared by Schill, experiencing a 46 percent increase in tech industry growth between 2004 and 2014, and 16.5 percent growth in the number of STEM jobs.
Many oil job losses will be ..., 29 May 2015 [cached]
Many oil job losses will be mitigated by transient shift workers leaving the area due to reductions in earnings potential, according to Mark Schill, vice president for research at Praxis Strategy Group. "The oil patch was an economically stagnant region of the state [that] suddenly had tremendous job growth that was filled by temporary workers," Schill says.
Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks saw twice the job growth rate compared to the nation, according to Schill. He also points out that North Dakota led the country in growth of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs between 2004 and 2014, adding 37 percent to the workforce of engineers, technicians and scientists.
"Even through the oil-price decline, there are other forces in play in North Dakota that will stem the tide," Schill says. "North Dakota is less remote than it once was … geographically isolated areas can now benefit economically. He points out that North Dakota ranks among the top three U.S. states with more than 50 percent of the population possessing bachelor's degrees. "We are educating more than we can employ and our university system is very sustainable," he says.
Praxis Strategy Group - Contact Us, 11 Feb 2012 [cached]
Mark Schill, Vice President for Research, Managing Editor
Mark Schill | Vice President for Research, 30 May 2015 [cached]
Home > About Us > Our Team > Mark Schill
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 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
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.
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