Testimonials

“The Decatur Economic Development Corporation invited Brian to assess the economic development opportunities in our community and present his findings at a Business Appreciation Dinner. The data he provided has been a catalyst for a new way of thinking regarding workforce development and for the future growth opportunities in Decatur. Brian’s report was very professional and thorough. The audience appreciated his engaging style and his ability to present complex information in an easy to understand way. We received many compliments on his presentation and many of the business leaders in attendance asked how they could participate in the growth of our community.”

Jody Adams
Decatur Economic Development Corporation

“Wow! What a great presentation! Brian certainly knows his stuff and did a fantastic job presenting to our local business and community leaders at our Economic Outlook Conference. I can’t say enough about how well-prepared Brian was, how impactful his data was, and how relevant his comments were. He certainly understands how important workforce development is and can easily paint that picture for community leadership and ED Pros alike. He provided everything we asked and then some, including first-hand comments about our existing talent and workforce efforts and even suggested several best practices our region should consider. For holistically bringing economic development and workforce development together in one talk, I don’t know that there’s a better speaker out there today!”

Ryan Mooney
Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

“Brian did an outstanding presentation for our 1,000 attendees. His energy and professionalism were out shadowed only by his ability to translate complex data into usable information. The concepts and strategies provided were audience appropriate and thought provoking. Who knew that economic development strategies could be so entertaining?”

Bridget Brown
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals

“Economic development should be holistic in that strategies are based on informed decisions about how and where a community wants to see its growth occur while leveraging its resources. Economic data and trends analysis assists community leaders to understand their competitive advantages and disadvantages so business development opportunities are maximized. This is the philosophy our economic development program is based on, largely because of Brian’s influence as our Economic Development Director for five years. Brian has the unique ability to tell community leaders what they need to hear, often not what they want to hear, and be incredibly well received!”

Betty Voights
Capital Area Council of Governments

“I read other blogs for information, but I read Brian’s blog for insight. I never fail to walk away without having a new way of thinking about an old problem. Put simply, I am smarter after reading Brian’s commentary than I was before it.”

Joe Siedlecki
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

“Our oil exploration client was looking outside the Gulf Coast to identify new labor sources to meet its aggressive growth objectives. Brian provided the foundation for confidently designing and executing our project in half the time with better-than-expected results. Within ten days, Brian provided detailed analysis and recommendations for the top fifteen U.S. locations that met our criteria for age, experience, travel, and wages. With this information, we implemented a focused marketing strategy that generated a 400 percent increase in the number of qualified candidates–in just two weeks of marketing.”

Brooks Graul
Energy Industry Marketing Director

“We contracted Brian to help with a difficult research project that required creativity and direct involvement with our team. He stepped in and provided much needed direction, analytical ability, pragmatism, and intelligence to the process. The work he produced will inform our long term planning and save us valuable time and resources along the way. I would be thrilled to call Brian a member of my team again in the future.”

Kelly Harper
MPOWER Labs

“We had the pleasure of experiencing the expertise of Brian for one of our very important planning conferences. His in-depth and very thorough research and analysis aided in our decision making for future growth markets. He acted like a true business partner from our first request to the final presentation and did so with flexibility, timeliness, and humor.”

Cynthia Negri
Redwood Credit Union

“Brian is a top-notch economic development professional. He offers the incredibly hard-to-find combination of deep academic understanding and the ability to explain difficult concepts in simple terms. He does it all–from data analysis to keynote presentations–with creativity, integrity, and candor.”

Randall Kempner
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

“Brian was a key contributor to a series of internal training seminars the Council on Competitiveness delivered to regional staff at the Economic Development Administration. His mastery of data and his ability to turn it into useful information was critical to our success. He is a very effective presenter who has that rare quality of making data accessible and understandable to a non-technical audience. We intend to maintain an ongoing relationship with Brian and would recommend him enthusiastically.”

Sam Leiken
Council on Competitiveness

“This was our first experience with Brian, but will not be our last. He led our economic development group in a day-long retreat. He gave us exactly what we were looking for and will play a big part in taking us to our next step. His research on our community along with its opportunities and challenges was right on target. His approach resulted in getting our group motivated and anxious to move forward. He has a common sense approach that is easy to understand; and we look forward to a long-term relationship with him. We would give a hearty, positive recommendation to anyone who is considering a relationship with Brian.”

Marvin Peters
McPherson Industrial Development Company

“We hired Brian as a consultant on an asset mapping and comprehensive economic development strategy project for Hidalgo County. He has provided valuable and insightful advice and guided us on both the asset mapping and CEDS processes. As he refers to himself as “a nerd,” he is an expert in finding and analyzing data. He has the ability to look at a lot of data and “see the forest through the trees.” He is a professional, an excellent presenter, and has been easy to work with. He has come through for us every step of the way in our project. I highly recommend Brian and look forward to working with him on other projects.”

Michael Uhrbrock
The University of Texas-Pan American

“Our annual board retreat took a much different twist this year with a heavy focus on the region’s dramatically changing demographics and economic opportunities. Brian gave our volunteer board of directors a sound foundation, incorporating many of our own metrics into a clear, data-driven perspective on our region. We look forward to using him again.”

Jerry Davis
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas

“It is not often that a presenter can blend research and demographics into a presentation style that individuals from all walks of life can easily relate to. For many years Brian Kelsey has presented to our business leaders at our annual Industry Appreciation Night and has communicated effectively the demographics of our region and how they will impact our businesses. He has a gift for looking at the big picture and helping us focus, and gain clarity on how it relates to our community.”

Charley Ayres
Round Rock Economic Development Partnership

About Civic Analytics LLC

Brian Kelsey Web

Brian Kelsey is Principal at Civic Analytics LLC and a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches economic development and serves as a fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Phone: 512.731.7851
Email: brian@civicanalytics.com

7600 Burnet Road
Suite 108
Austin, TX 78757

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