About

Brian Kelsey

Brian Kelsey has worked in economic development since 2000, advising clients of all sizes — from rural communities to the White House — on best practices in research, policy, and strategy.

At the federal level, Brian was a senior adviser at the U.S. Economic Development Administration, where he was awarded the department’s highest honorary recognition for creating a multi-agency investment program that served as an “unprecedented platform for coordinating Federal economic development efforts.”

Locally, Brian served as chief strategy officer for Nashville mayors Megan Barry and David Briley. From 2012 to 2016, he was an adjunct instructor at The University of Texas at Austin, trying to recruit the next generation of economic development practitioners to the field.

Brian currently serves as an assistant city manager in Edinburg, Texas, and writes here about economic development issues.